The advice you give on your garden blog is "bunkum," so says a lady you may never have heard of. While listening to the BBC Radio 4 Gardeners' Question Time, VP (of Veg Plotting) was offended by a response given by panelist, Pippa Greenwood.
Sheila, of Stopwatch Gardener, clues us in about the comment by Ms. Greenwood that annoyed VP. While responding to a question about garden bloggers identifying pests and diseases, Pippa reportedly said, "“I’m always very wary of information on blogging websites, because half of it’s bunkum, and it’s quite obvious that people don’t know what they’re identifying.”
The comments on Veg Plotting, Stopwatch Gardener and Allen Becker Garden Guru are all really interesting, as is the perspective offered by each of these garden bloggers. In particular, I'd like to point your attention to Sheila's post. She honestly admits to once being weary of garden bloggers because they were so different than what she knew as a trained journalist.
Is Pippa Greenwood correct? There's some truth to it. Many of us are not trained in either botany or journalism, but as VP points out- even the experts make mistakes. I've noticed a lot of mistakes or just bad information, and I've been guilty of dishing some of it out myself.
However, the bad information that Ms. Greenwood is annoyed by is probably as a result of some garden bloggers who are busy chasing Google rankings and hits. They write blog posts for search engines instead of blogging about what they actually know. Giving advice about plants, techniques and conditions they haven't personally experienced and populating their blogs with pretty pictures from Flickr.
It just aint right, people.
How to do you position your garden blog? Are you blogging as a person with authority? Someone just documenting their garden? Do you think the majority of advice on garden blogs is wrong? Does your garden blog suck? Is she talking about me?
Also, blogging websites? Is Skynet upon us? Why are so many gardening experts so unfamiliar with the parlance of the the internets?