by Diana Studer
- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa
In June 2009 I began blogging. We'd moved from Camps Bay to Porterville. Our metal kingfisher remembers Ungardening Pond where he was visited by father and son fishing for frog lessons kingfishers!
(Story left, blogging right)
How I blog
Each month I begin with last month's hikes. Maybe a wild card (this post). End with our garden and Ungardening projects (drought related this year!)
Giant reeds on a previous vlei, were home to Cape and masked weavers building their nests of carefully knotted grass.
First photos, hundreds from the hikes. Takes me hours to whittle them down to 10 for that post. Collaged with Picasa to load quickly for readers.
Our view was Olifantskop (for which both blogs are named Elephant's Eye). We hiked in the Groot Winterhoek Wilderness Area. Peace, flowers and winter rain harvested to Voelvlei dam for Cape Town. Plattelandse dorpie, country town, among wheat and canola fields.
My photos have names, captions (and Alt Text) for Google's Search by Image - which brings me some traffic.
Japanese flowering quince (Anna and I share July birthdays)
I use FastStone for transparent watermarks and compressing images to quick loading and adequate quality, as in the last 2 photos.
In a good winter Groot Winterhoek is dusted with snow. He captured the wind goddess blowing chill.
Around those photos I build my accompanying paragraphs. Edit again and again. Read your post aloud to catch typos.
I brought March lilies here, but no flowers sadly.
We write for new and long term readers. For new readers I link back to earlier posts. With plants I link to PlantZAfrica for horticultural info. For hikes I link to the official site for directions, entry fees and opening times. I aim my posts between information and wall of words.
We downsized to False Bay. Red Lachenalia blooms and the tapestry hedge is covering the palisade fence.
Engagement is queen. Promote your post. Participate in memes (don't just link dump and run!) Find your tribe, your village, of bloggers where you read, comment, give and find support.
In 2016 we were in London. Travel plans became a dream come true electric car.
We choose to blog. We choose to read. If you want to BE read you need to put in the hours and effort producing content, then promoting your blog.
We started weekly hikes with U3A in August last year. The Ungardener up mountains with the Curious and Adventurous. I botanical rambling among fynbos flowers.
You have literally seconds ... to lose your landing reader. Don't wait ... for your bling it on header. Check your loading time with Pingdom.
Henry and Aragon moved from Camps Bay. Henry chose Chocolat from the feral kittens next door, to take his place. Aragon and Chocolat came to False Bay. Thomas stomps up his stairs in furry boots, Zoë floats like thistledown up the tree and leaps to the wall.
The blogs I chose to read are a window on the world, let me live your life while I read your post -
I in turn open my window
to a Welsh hill
or the Kent coast,
down to Australia,
up to Colorado.
I invite you to join us at Elephant's Eye on False Bay. Please subscribe as you prefer
Teal blue text is my links.
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Thanks for comments that add value. Maybe start a new thread of discussion? BTW your comment won't appear until I've read it. No Google account? Just use Anonymous, but do leave a link to your own blog. I would return the visit, if I could...
I welcome comments on posts from the last 2 months.
Congratulations on nine years of blogging. Your blog really showcases the Western Cape and I enjoy looking at the landscape, the flowers, all the plants and your stories about the Cape. Thanks too, for the tips on blogging, and I agree with your comment on engaging with other bloggers and finding like minded bloggers.ReplyDelete
Thank you to CanberraDelete
Thank you Diana for featuring my blog, I just now realized that in two years my blog will be 10 years old. Time flies.ReplyDelete
And, Thank you for showing us what is like to garden in simillar climate zone, and how to adapt to drought, a common denominator to us all in mediterranean type of gardens...and specialy, thank you for showing all the South Afican amazing flora.
Thank you to Portugal.Delete
Happy blogaversary, Diana! I always enjoy your posts. Despite living at opposite ends of the world, we share a similar climate and many plants yet your posts also include intriguing species for me to dream about, wondering if some may eventually make their way across the ocean into cultivation here. I appreciate and learn from your experience managing under severe drought conditions too. May you enjoy many more years of blogging!ReplyDelete
Thank you to CaliforniaDelete
Congratulations on 9 years. I think I have been blogging for 12. I always enjoy your blog as it shows me the many plants that came here to South Australia from the Cape, supposedly in the ballast during the time of sailing ships but I am sure many people picked seeds and brought them here as did my husband's grandmother in or around the 1860s. Now I am rather full of arthritis my garden is in pots and I can only manage 1/2 hour walks so your blog keeps me connected.ReplyDelete
Thank you to AustraliaDelete
Many, many congratulations on your blogaversary Diana and for sharing some useful tips for bloggers both old and new :) Nine years is some achievement. Hope that your blog blooms for many years to come.ReplyDelete
Thank you to EnglandDelete
Happy blogaversary Diana! It only seems like 5 minutes since we 'met' via Blotanical :)ReplyDelete
Thank you to WiltshireDelete
Congratulations on your 9th blogoversary! I started reading your blog thru Blotanical the first year, soon after I started my own blog in October, 2009. It has been fun and educational to widen my horizons to your world through your blog.ReplyDelete
Thank you to AlabamaDelete
Many congratulations on your blogaversary Diana! It's been such a pleasure to learn more about South Africa, visited only once but surely again in the future. Funny, the thing I remember most are the weaver birds. And how the male has to make the nest all over again if the female isn't happy. If only it was always that simple!ReplyDelete
Thank you to EnglandDelete
Congrats on your blogaversary, we have known each other for a long time, Diana! Thank you for generously sharing what's going on backstage. I learn a lot from you, this time specifically about Pingdom. That photo of the flowers above Hout Bay is my favourite kind of place. I want to be perched on rocks on which various organisms grow above a wild roaring ocean.ReplyDelete
Thank you to Australia.Delete
I don't do cliff faces - I like my cliffs safely above me ;~)
Great post as always, Diana! I have been blogging for 10 years too, hence the need to change it up and start under a new name. I have always loved your blogs from the very start and hope you continue for at least another decade xxReplyDelete
Thank you to Northern Ireland.Delete
Happy anniversary Diana! I am so glad I found your blog on Blotanical in 2010. Thank you for sharing your wisdom all these years.ReplyDelete
Thank you to Holland ( and a Japanese inspired garden)Delete
Thank you to Madeira (and welcome to a new reader!)Delete
Congratulations on your Blog Anniversary nine years is such an achievement! When I have some spare time I will need to look back and some of your older posts. Reading this through I realised there is many things that I didn't know from the years I have been following you. Sarah xReplyDelete
Many congratulations - and thank you for the trip down memory lane.ReplyDelete
So many great pictures that I wouldn't know where to start choosing a favourite.
All the best for the future :)
Happy Anniversary and thanks for the blogging advice.ReplyDelete