I signed into Google Friend Connect to moderate a couple of "members" of my garden blog when I noticed that there is a newsletter gadget that you can add to your website or blog. If you use the followers gadget on your garden blog your garden blog has an account at Google Friend Connect. All you need to do is follow the instructions given for adding any of those gadgets to your blog or website.
The newsletter looks pretty interesting and easy to use, and the best part is that it is free! I've been thinking about ways I could interact with visitors and readers of my garden blog without creating posts and the newsletter gadget may be the answer.
Sometimes I get offered products to test or I may have extra seeds, plants or bulbs from my garden. My first inclination is to offer them on the blog, but I've noticed that sometimes on these giveaways people come out of the woodwork. I'd rather give them to loyal readers and people who take the time to leave comments and offering them in the newsletter could solve this problem.
If you're interested in creating a fanbase around your garden blog you could use the newsletter gadget to inform people of events you're participating in, your accounts on social networking sites, new blogs you're launching or past posts on your garden blog they may have missed.