You might be considering starting a garden blog. After all, you like to garden, you write well enough, people ask you for your opinion on gardening topics and you enjoy sharing them.
Is that all you’ll get out of your blog though? The enjoyment of sharing your opinions on gardening?
Don’t people talk about making money at blogging? Really, what do you get for your time and effort?
Share Your Passion
The main thing a really passionate gardener gets from their blog is to share that passion with others. If you really love gardening, everything about gardening, you probably stop people on the street, or at least the seed store, and start to talk to them about your latest discoveries.
A blog makes it possible to talk to hundreds or thousands of people instead of just one at a time (and surely some of those people at the store were on a tight schedule and will appreciate reading about your thoughts at a more convenient time).
This alone may be sufficient to justify the time spent posting regularly to your blog, but if not, there’s other rewards.
Share Your Knowledge
Helping out other people can give you a nice warm feeling and your blog allows you to teach people what you know.
Posts giving tips on planting times, watering schedules, or compost composition can pass your knowledge on to people around the country or around the world.
If you are an expert in some specific aspect of gardening, you can dig even deeper into that topic to give people a glimpse of some of the depth behind the simple process of growing plants.
Knowledge sharing can become a two-way street as readers can comment and share tips they’ve come across.
As you make more and more connections with your audience there is a better chance of finding out something you would have never come across on your own.
And even if readers don’t know the answers but only ask the question, that gives you new material for later posts after you research and find answers.
Share Your Causes
While you might be passionate and knowledgeable about gardening you might have a bee in your bonnet on some particular topic. It might be some common bit of folk wisdom making the rounds or positive reviews of a product you have used and disliked.
Whatever particular cause, from the trivial ones described above to the mistreatment of animals on farms or dangerous chemical pesticides, your blog gives you a platform to talk with a large audience about why things should be stopped or changed.
If you feel strongly about the subject, you can share your feeling in a larger forum than a group at tea or in the pub. You can try to make a difference.
Freebies, Sponsors, and Gifts
On a more cheerful note, you can get free stuff! But even here there’s a bit of a warning to go along with it.
As a blogger talking about gardens it is possible you will be offered free merchandise, like books, tools, plants, or chemicals, and often asked to review them. These can be termed ‘freebies’.
While it’s not unethical to accept these and review them, it is less than honest if you don’t state that you received the product for free that you are reviewing.
It’s also less than ethical if you slant your review to the positive because it was free.
Some companies will contact you to include sponsored content on your blog. This means articles written with the specific intent of directing people to that company, whether that means an advertising post about a new product or just a brand building article about their line of products and services.
Some of these are written by the sponsor, some by the blogger, and there is frequently payment involved.
While money is a fine thing, avoid sponsored posts for companies you wouldn’t actually recommend and always follow the rules regarding notice that this is a sponsored post and the technical aspects of the links involved.
Finally, there are straight out gifts from some companies for a variety of reasons. While it’s quite tempting to accept a new and expensive piece of gardening equipment, be sure you are quite comfortable with where that puts you ethically and how your readership will feel when you tell them about it.
Meet Other Enthusiasts
A blog can put you in touch with other people, bloggers or not, who have a similar passion for gardens.
You can make good friends in your comments section, or by other bloggers offering to guest post or asking you to guest post on their blog.
The knowledge from the beginning that you are both crazy about gardens makes it easier to find common ground.
You may even get to meet some of your heroes, people who have well established blogs you read or even television presenters who you’ve seen time and time again.
Put Out Your Name
One more benefit is the attention you can draw to yourself as an expert or at least enthusiast for gardening. If you have a business associated with your gardening interests, this can act as a marketing and advertising boost.
Even if you don’t, there are examples of bloggers being offered television appearances, interviews, or even book contracts based on their blog and their personal celebrity gained from running it.
If the domain name for your blog becomes well known you could be dealing with an expansion of your audience from tens or hundreds up to thousands of readers.
As you can see, there are many good reasons to blog about a subject you are passionate about, beyond money or even a bit of fame.
The most crucial factor does seem to be your passion though. If you truly love the gardening subject you’ve chosen you will find it easy to come up with new posts regularly and never run dry of inspiration.
If not, it may be difficult to keep your blog running for very long. Follow your passion and appreciate the other benefits it brings. And get started right away!