60. Progress Report VI

I’m not British. Yet for some reason my writing style sometimes seems to be. I use “quite” quite often. And “a bit” quite frequently. My thoughts are not narrated in an English accent and yet the words that fall to the paper (doesn’t that sound so much better than appear on screen?) seem to be. Maybe not, but I have quite a few followers from the UK.

Can’ I ‘ave sum ’ore please?

Seriously, I’d like some more followers. From the UK. Or the US. Or anywhere. At least I suppose I do. I wanted to write 100 posts in 100 days and figured I’d tack on the added goal of getting 100 viewers per day. But I am pretty happy with the group of readers I have (291 followers!). Nice comments, pleasant musings. Gardeners are a lovely bunch. As are the garden-appreciators. So I’m good. If I pick up some more readers great, but I can’t bear to read up on SEO or troll blogs posting comments hoping for views in return. That all sounds quite tedious. I have much more exciting things to do.

Fancy a cup?

Fancy a cup?

Did you know Thai Red Roselle is one of the ingredients in Red Zinger teas (and Orange Zinger tea too?) I cut some of the roselle and it is perfect for a spooky Halloween arrangement:

A perfect shade of Halloween red!

A perfect shade of Halloween red!

More October sights:

Pumpkins (storebought) unfortunately I did not grow any!! Next year!

Pumpkins (store bought) unfortunately I did not grow any!! Next year!

Tall Persimmon trees

Tall Persimmon trees

About 40 feet out of reach

About 40 feet out of reach

AHH! Snakes!

AHH! Snakes!

Our very own Serpente di Sicilia edible gourds grown in Spy Garden.

Our very own Serpente di Sicilia edible gourds grown in Spy Garden.

One last one left on the vine (on the teepee) to pick!

One last one left on the vine (on the teepee) to pick!

Ahh! A monster! Or is it Babyzilla?

Ahh! A monster! Or is it Babyzilla?

The Meyer lemon tree has moved indoors and the lemons are finally turning yellow!

The Meyer lemon tree has moved indoors and the lemons are finally turning yellow!

AHH! A monster!

AHH! A monster!

Whew! Just Dexie!

Whew! Just Dexie!

Blustery wind blowing an artichoke plant

Blustery wind blowing an artichoke plant

A huge dead tree looks very "October"

A huge dead tree looks very “October”

Our driveway

Our driveway

Ooo spooky

Ooo spooky

AHH! A huge spider!

AHH! A huge spider in our dining room!

And in our “man cave”…

The Spy walks in with a small remote helicopter. I say, “I have only one request, please don’t fly it into the spider web.”

5…4…3…2…1:

HAhahahha

HAhahahha

I have skimped on my 300-1000 words per day goal (though only in three posts). That is the thing about goals, sometimes they are not met. However, when my words were scarce I had especially exciting pictures (the Spy’s birthday), original art (Opposites) or an absolutely genius concept (Hamlet for Babies). Black Walnut Ink is probably my favorite/funniest post so far and that was over 1000 words, so that must count for something in my world of made-up rules.

40 more posts to go. More October, more garden planning and more art. And hopefully some more odd and unusual things thrown in for good measure! But first, we are going on holiday for a few days. Post #61 coming next week!

Cheerio!

3 thoughts on “60. Progress Report VI

  1. narf77

    I am not sure where 23Thorns has taken his 100 posts in 100 days or if, indeed, anything that he was hoping for eventuated. I, personally, don’t know why you would want more followers aside from wanting to turn your blog into a commercial venture. The followers that you are attracting are enjoying your writing and the lack of “I just signed up with “X” and am going to push their products mercilessly till you all decide to dump my blog and I am right back where I started, followerless in the Blogosphere”…bloggers don’t get it. We don’t want to have products shoved down our throats, we want to see how the other half lives. We don’t mind the odd product placement but we are intelligent enough to know when people have sold out and are quick to vote with our “unlike” fingers. I can’t tell you the number of blogs that I have dumped as soon as it became apparent that they had gone to the dark side. I guess it is important to some people to make money out of their blogs but at what cost? Hopefully you are getting what you are after from your blog. More followers means more effort on your behalf to keep them all happy. Beware what you wish for, it might come true! ;)

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    1. Spy Garden Post author

      Agree. Most of the “successful” blogs in my “field” (home/garden/kids) are also the most boring and unoriginal. I’m happy with my style and would never change it to get more views/readers. Like I said “I’m good” with the readers I have now!! ;) I’d much prefer to improve my writing/art/garden/photographs than spend one minute on the SEO stuff! ;) I will never go to the dark side hahaha

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