I'm new to garden blogging and have been having a hard time getting visitors to my site, and getting my blog high up in the google search list. From what I can tell, links are the key - of which I have none - so I was starting to get a little discouraged about my blog - and then I found blotanical. Blotanical is an online garden community that connects garden bloggers from around the world together. Almost immediately after joining, I had increased traffic to my blog - from all sorts of places around the world. I have also met someone from my region, and another young couple also renovating their new house and landscaping their new yard - it encourages me that I have found some people like me. Unfortunately, (or fortunately - I guess it depends on your outlook) I have spent NUMEROUS hours on this website since I found it - and I may have to limit my hours once I go back to work at the end of the week.
Another reason I like blotanical is that it keeps track of the garden blogs I like for me - You get your own little "plot" where you can add favourite blogs and bloggers. I was having a hard time keeping track of what I was reading online and like this new organized way to read other people's blogs. It has a few little quirky navigational things that are somewhat counter-intuitive, and makes finding pages tricky once in awhile, but as far as I can tell - it is a fairly new community and the webmaster is working on ironing out all the little kinks relatively quickly.
I have added the banner on my sidebar to take you to the site (although I expect that's how most people have found lately)
and here's the direct link: