How to Join My Blogroll & Use Blotanical
I’ve just updated to a new blogroll that tells me how recently you’ve posted on your blog. If you’d like to share reciprocal blogroll links with me, just let me know in the comments!
I’d also like to thank Stuart Robinson for creating Blotanical — it helped me find a lot of my favorite blogs. I’ve seen plenty of directories and networks, but Blotanical surpasses them with a more user-friendly and interactive design. If you’re interested in gardening blogs I highly recommend that you check it out.
In my opinion, the thing that sets Blotanical apart from other directories is the “Pick” feature. Stuart seems to have spent a lot of time trying to create a fair user voting system so that the cream of the gardening blogosphere rises to the top. Once you’ve joined Blotanical (and you don’t have to be a blogger to join) you can read blog posts from the feed on the “Picks” page. If you like a post, you can let other people know it’s good by voting it as many as 5 hearts. The picks page window also makes it easy to comment directly on the host blog if you like the post.
I spend a lot of time looking through the posts on the “New Blogs” page. This is a separate feed that highlights 200 of the newest blogs on Blotanical. I’ve found that a lot of these blogs are established and well-written even though they are new to the directory.
There is also a section for the “Most Faved Blogs.” Blotanical allows you to mark up to 48 blogs as your favorites (or you can choose your 48 favorite Blotanical members). Once you’ve chosen your favorites you can view their recent posts chronologically in a customized feed. In addition to this, the most popular “faved” blogs are listed for all Blotanical members, also with a feed list of their recent posts.
There are so many features on Blotanical that you may want to watch the video tutorial before you get started. Personally, I just started slow and expanded as I got more comfortable. I think I’ve learned more about blogging through using Blotanical than I have from any other blog tool.
Finally, I don’t really like to write non-illustrated posts and I’ve been dying for an excuse to use this weird photo from last December. It’s neat, but I couldn’t think of a “how-to” post to use it with. (“How to look at your yard through rose-colored sunlight?” or maybe “How to trick your kids into thinking that the aliens are coming”). At any rate, what you see is what was there. The sunset that day turned everything a strange, scarlet-pink.
I love it when nature has anomalies.