How I Joined Blotanical
I was searching the world wide web for some information and names to some of the flowers that I had been planting when I came accross blotanical's logo in an interesting garden blog. It said, "Blotanical - Find Garden Blogs". My first impression of the logo was that it looks great and very appropriate for the green garden concept. So I can guess that blotanical is a directory of garden blogs.
My First Experience
When I visited the website, I was attracted by the catch phrase, "Blotanical - Where Garden Blogs Bloom". From the directory, I can search blogs by geographical region, popularity, favourited and aeging status. So many options to choose from.
The next thing I knew, I felt like joining this exciting community too. After the process of applying to be a member and adding my blog to Blotanical, I spent some time going through the listed blogs. It was very interesting. The blogs were attractive in design and well written. I guess this is what I have always wanted in a garden blog directory. What impressed me was that Stuart and his team kept their word and was prompt in giving me a reply.
Being a Member
I was extremely happy to be accepted into this directory on June 20th, 2009. And so begins my journey with Blotanical. We, the blotanists are given plots whereby we can log in to update our profiles by adding a picture and a short description about ourselves. Everything has been arranged properly. When I got to the messages section, I was greeted by numerous welcome messages from other blotanists. There was even a welcome message from Mr Stuart himself.
At Blotanical, we are encouraged to interact with other blotanists, sending messages and replying them, faving blotanists and blogs. Our profile points earned will be based on messages sent and received, the number of posts picked and forums participated. We can even visit other members' plots and view their profile and history. By picking on another blotanist's posts, I had the chance to view their blogs and make comments. It was a two-way process, very friendly and courteous.
Before long, I was communicating with other blotanists around the world, getting to know more about them. There is so much to learn and explore. I can literally travel round the world from my desktop, peeking into other people's beautiful gardens. The same type of flower or plant can look so different when grown in another part of the world. Certain plants that I expect to find only in my own country can surprisingly be planted in another unexpected place. In such a short time, I had managed to view many beautiful gardens from all corners of the world. This is an experience that books cannot provide.
At the end of the day, I am still learning. There are so many blogs to read up and explore. New blogs are coming in constantly. I have improved my gardening, writing and blogging skills tremendously ever since joining blotanical. I even improved on my photography skills.
I have indeed made many friends here. I am confident that I will make many more. I am really thankful and grateful that Mr Stuart Robinson, the creator and founder of Blotanical has made this possible for me. And the beauty of it all is that it is FREE OF CHARGE!