asking for feedback
All right. That’s enough. It’s been over a week on this blog with no flowers, far too long in my opinion. I may be primarily a vegetable gardener, and it might be cold and dreary outside. Still, that’s no excuse. It’s time to pretty it up around here.
How about a sunflower and bumble bee from last August? The detail of that photo that catches my eye is the hint of another sunflower in another row.
We all could use a little flower therapy now and then, especially in the middle of winter.
A good friend of mine sent me a box full of gorgeous sunflowers last February, and I will never forget it. She knew that I was having a rather down moment psychologically. It was less than two months after the move, and I had almost no acquaintances yet in my new location.
Plus, I was suffering lifestyle readjustment stress (from a big, classic house in Midtown in a city of 5 million+ to a small duplex in the woods on the outskirts of a town that has yet to break the 10,000 mark). I still don’t know why I thought that would be an easy transition. Perhaps, excited as we were to be moving in together and newly engaged, I was seeing everything through the eyes of love.
Yes, I’m pretty sure that was it.
That and a hefty dose of ignorance about life in a small town. Despite having visited plenty of small towns, and spent some time in a rural setting with my relatives, I really was ignorant. Actually, change that “was” to “am.” I remain ignorant about a lot that I would need to know to truly assimilate here.
However, I am keeping an open mind, and I’m slowly learning. Last night I found myself arguing with a city friend that a certain small-town behavior was not backward or stubborn or old-fashioned, but might have a discernible, reasonable purpose, not obvious on first viewing.
My understanding of this new milieu continues to grow every day.
And you could say the same thing about me and blogging.
I mention this because there are going to be some changes around here fairly soon. My developing picture of what a blog is, how it interacts with an online community, and what features are available in its design have been shaping an internal vision of what I’d like my blog to be. My own evolving conception of what I would like for myself and my writing and photographs is certainly a factor, too.
Almost six months ago, I knew zilch about blogs and blogging. I didn’t realize I’d need a blogroll or a sidebar for widgets. (And if you had told me such things, I might have fizzed with laughter over the term “widget.”)
I didn’t realize I’d want to have easily accessible archives, possibly searchable. (And if you’d told me I’d have hundreds of posts by now, my crazy radar would have been alerting.)
I’d never heard of a service for subscription by e-mail or an RSS feed, and certainly could never have imagined I’d want to have both available to anyone who dropped by, or that both would be a feature of my daily life as I interact with so many other bloggers.
The need for multiple photographs in a post never occurred to me, and I hadn’t yet discovered sticky posts, nor come to the realization that I might really like some of my posts more than others and thus wish to hold onto them for longer than 24 hours.
I chose a super-minimalist, Zen-like photoblogging theme, which can be beautiful in its simplicity, but can also be dog ugly, as when the program chooses a “matching” color based upon some esoteric detail in my photograph, and it turns out to be a hideously bright, unreadable color… or even just an unpleasant shade of mustard. (Yech! Why not the soft blue-green of the leaves in the background? I ask you….)
The spare design which so appealed to me for its initial user-friendliness has now become downright limiting, and my frustration with these limits has inspired me to begin designing a better blog for the long term.
So things are going to change around here. I’m not sure exactly when. I’d wanted to have at least some of the improvements ready in time for the blog’s half-year anniversary in just a few days. But now it looks like that’s just not going to happen.
Nonetheless, y’all will be ready when they occur.
While I’m still in the design phase, I would like to open the floor for your suggestions and critiques. Is there something that’s definitely missing from Victory Garden Redux? Perhaps you think there’s something that’s rotten and ready to be composted immediately. Is there — dare I hope it? — anything that’s so great it should never be put on the editing/chopping block?
Really, I’d like to know if there is anything at all you think should be different about your experience here. I am open to hearing anything and everything, and I’m especially interested in hearing from those regular, long-term readers who’ve been so encouraging and inspiring to me. (Y’all know who you are.)
You can leave me your comments in the section below, as always, and/or you can e-mail me your ideas, concerns, and wishes for the future of my blog. Send e-mails to gardenforvictory <at> live.com. (Replace the <at> with @.)
I’ll tell y’all in advance, I do appreciate all of the input. It will be part of my ongoing education in blogging.