Tenth blogaversary and How I blog
by Diana Studer
- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa
A strange experience, as I look back over ten years of life, then I choose a single picture as a token for each of those years. Starting from the better pictures which I had winnowed out for blog posts.
Sandblasted glass is the luxury I gift to my home. Back to the first Elephant's Eye in Porterville. (False Bay has Celtic knots, circle of life)
I remain with Blogger / blogspot. Updating the look to Soho theme in 2017.
We miss Ungardening Pond, where we could sit on the sheltered verandah and watch our flock of birds taking it in turn to bathe.
I check with StatCounter each day - which site did my readers come from, which link did they click, what did they download?
From Porterville the Ungardener volunteered with the Cape Leopard Trust in the Cederberg.
Blogging, social media, is a tango for two, where I use Feedly to follow about 100 sites.
I invested a chunk of my time in Google Plus, where I was tricked into using my real name and face for the fleeting benefit of Authorship in Google searches.
Since the City Nature Challenge it is iNaturalist which devours my online time!
We hiked in Groot Winterhoek, across the forehead of the elephant head which we saw, again from that verandah.
I process my photos using Canon software. Picasa (which survives on my laptop) for collages. FastStone to watermark, then compress images for fast loading.
A new chapter when we moved to False Bay.
For good housekeeping, Avira opens a red umbrella to protect my laptop.
Holiday flat at St Katharine Dock in London.
Each month I check Feedburner for new subscribers (and nag gently if they have forgotten to verify their email)
A year of blog posts dedicated to three years of drought. Now our water consumption has settled to 80 litres pp pd (only 30 litres are municipal thanks to our off-grid rain tanks)
Since loading speed is important, I check monthly with page speed insights (but am frankly mystified by their advice)
Our first bunch of lady finger bananas (none this year)
Final monthly checks. Coverage and Performance with Google Search Console. Using Google Analytics to see who uses mobile (28%), tablet (12%) or desktop. How many pages (one and a half) and seconds (about 40) per session.
Buffel the elephant seal rested on our beach for his annual moult. Will this become - remember that year when...?
My camera is still Canon G9 X. Compact, light and with a large sensor. For convenience when hiking, he mostly uses his cellphone.
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