May 28, 2009

Chicago Garden, Garden Bloggers On The Move And Spring Cleaning

This winter I was approached to see if I would be interested in being part of a network of Chicago based blogs for a website the Chicago Tribune was launching. This week ChicagoNow.com went live in beta and my garden blog there is Chicago Garden. I'm excited and honored that I was given this opportunity and hope that I can make that blog work. Instead of trying to explain what ChicagoNow.com will be like in the future you can see the video about ChicagoNow.com to give you an idea of what to expect when the site is fully "live." If you garden in Chicago or know someone who lives in the area please send them my link and make sure to stop by for a visit.

You may already know that Colleen Vanderlinden writes for About.com, but did you know she got hired to garden blog for TheDetroitNews.Com? You can see her profile and archives here

I'm not sure if Gayla Trail, YouGrowGirl.com, considers herself a garden blogger since she's a published author but I claim her as a garden blogger. She was hired to write gardening articles for the TheGlobeAndMail in Canada. You can read one of her articles on soil here

Have you spotted other garden bloggers writing or blogging outside of their garden blog this year?

I've spent a lot of my free time being part of the organizing committee for Chicago Spring Fling and really fell behind in keeping up with a couple of my blogs. If you requested a blogroll swap with this blog and I never completed it, please fill out the form again and I'll add you--this time I mean it. 

When Blogger merged Google Friend Connect with the Followers Gadget in Blogger our accounts were set to follow anonymously. All of the garden bloggers I was following with this account wouldn't show up in my profile after I set them to public. Last night, I unfollowed everyone and opted to follow all of the gardeners following this blog. I hope that fixes the glitch that occured when they merged both features. If you follow www.GardenBloggers.com and you don't see this account following your garden blog, let me know and I'll add you to the list.

If you'd like to write a guest post on this blog about any issue related to garden blogging or you have news, events that garden bloggers would be interested in feel free to contact me. 

Hope your spring is going well.

Regards,
MrBrownThumb

2 comments:

  1. Congratulations Mr Brown Thumb... I visited your Chicago blog and I am a bit confused ... is it just for Chicago bloggers and growers or can anyone leave a comment?

    I so love your black tulips, iris and columbine. (saw a tiny typo... 'made' when I think you mean 'mad'... under the two iris some friend gave you... no big deal but thought you would like to know). Beautiful photos! Best of luck with the blog! Carol

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  2. Hi Carol,

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment and thanks for pointing out my typo. Oy! I was part of a gathering of garden bloggers this weekend so it took me a while to have time reply but I appreciate you leaving a comment and especially visiting the new blog.

    The bloggers are all in Chicago but anyone can sign up and comment and participate. Thanks for asking and I hope you get a chance to stop by some more.

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