READERSHIP GROWING

Good morning everyone, it’s a three entry day here on the journal.

Here are a few web updates:

Still working on some plug ins that should be installed/ready (we hope) by next week. Nothing’s easy peasy lemon squeezy but we are making progress. Some plug ins include: 1. recent posts 2. recent comments 3. popular posts 4. tags.

Friday stay tuned for another round of 100 Foot Diet- Victory Garden Challenge highlights. So if you haven’t already posted your latest meal and gardening efforts there’s still time.

A reader has kindly offered to help us with the 100footdiet.org website in exchange for a Peddler’s Wagon goods. So with that extra hand, we hope to wrap up that community project soon.

Jordanne also installed some new stat tracking widget and I am utterly amazed to see how many hits just this journal is receiving. In just 24 hours the stats registered nearly 3,000+ pages views. It’s interesting to see the hits grow and yet I note how readership involvement (comments) remain the slightly the same. I guess the increasing hits indicate the site’s worth reading and folks are indeed gleaning inspiration and tips. Good to see it growing and warm welcome to all our new readers.

There are still a few questions outstanding that were submitted by readers, and I promise to answer them soon.

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  1. Renee says:

    I have the same tracking on my blog. It’s encouraging to know how many people read my site on a regular basis because comments don’t reflect things too much. People are a little shy, even online 🙂

    -Renee

  2. Beth says:

    Just wanted to leave a comment and say that I’m one of the faithful “lurkers” who reads your blog all the time and loves it, but never leaves comments. I’ll try to come out of the woodwork more often ;o)
    Keep up the good work! You guys inspire me to no end, and I’m currently working on figuring out how to grow some veggies on the tiny porch of my tiny apartment.

    xoxo

  3. Isabelle says:

    I am also one of those silent daily visiters. In Canada we are still knee deep in snow, but with seeds germinating inside on the windowsill and weather warming, spring is just around the corner. Thanks for your inspirational website. Even in this cold weather it is a ray of sunshine and keeps that connection with likeminded people who are wanting to make a difference and feel connected to what they eat. Keep up the good work and am looking forward to becoming more involved…
    Cheers to all you do!

    Isabelle

  4. cindy says:

    I vist your site everyday. My family and I have been trying to sale our house so that we can move back to Maine to have our own small farm. But the way the housing market is this will not happen any time soon. So we are going to start a square foot garden in our back yard. Hope we can be as succesful as your are. It would be nice not to be depended on businesses who only take our money but don’t care abut our health or the earth. Trying to walk the path one step at a time.

  5. Anais says:

    Hello and welcome.

    Thanks for commenting and “coming out of the woodwork” Also a pleasure to hear from our readers and what they (you) are doing. Comments and feedback is one of the thing necessary to keep this site going!

    Cindy – our family wishes you all the best. That’s what happened to us. We kept looking for land and everytime things just didn’t turn out. So, what did we do? We took matters into our own hands – doing what we can, where we are, with what we had. And here we are!

    Good luck and happy plantings.

    Beth – Good for you! Since you are an Apartment Gardener, I suggest you check out this fellow reader’s blog http://www.cantinhoverde.blogspot.com/

    He’s transformed his balcony into some serious growing space.

    Isabelle – Hello and thanks for the positive comments. I can’t imagine how it is to be snowed in. You all are such hearty lots! Glad our site brings sunshine into your lives up there! Warm wishes!

    Anais

  6. Britta says:

    I am a lurker, and we are planning to produce at least 50% or more of our vegetable needs by next summer. Your site has helped me so much! I love to see the practical tips, the book recommendations, etc.

  7. Anais says:

    Hello Britta

    Nice of you to comment! Wonderful, that’s what we like to hear – folks growing their own food.

    Wishing you a bountiful harvest season. Keep us posted.

    Happy planting,
    Anais

  8. Amy says:

    You folks deserve all the readers you get 🙂 You’ve been a major inspiration for my husband and I.

    And the website is looking so great! I’m thrilled that I can click on the different categories now and read your past posts!

  9. Anais says:

    Greetings Amy

    Wow, another reader from Canada (seems like there’s a whole Canadian contingent – which is great!)

    Thanks for the positive comments regarding the overhauled and newly designed journal. I too just LOVE those categories. Makes linking and finding past entries a breeze.

    Nice of you to comment and thanks for introducing yourself (and everyone else!)

    Cheers,
    Anais

  10. Lu Stearn says:

    Wandered by your Farm Sun. (dtr. is in neighborhood)and am ENVIOUS of lavender! I’ve lost so many plants.Can’t figure what I’m doing wrong.No one was in the front garden to ask. Comment?

  11. Anais says:

    Lu

    Sunday is a busy day for us on the urban homestead and we, unfortunately, aren’t set up to handle drop by visitors.

    The lavender is certainly growing well this year thanks to all the rains this winter. We’ve grown lavenders for over 18 years now and over time have lost our fair share (due to over watering) We’ve learned our lesson and to tell you the truth we are “lazy gardeners” when it come to lavender. We just let the plants be.

    If you have a chance stop by Burkards Nursery and talk with Vince (he quite helpful when it comes to plant problems) It could be a number of factors – soil, overwatering, planting too deep.

    Hope this helps.

    Anais

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