Sunday, December 8, 2013
Blogging on the learning curve
Isabella, waiting for her own chance to blog
In case you couldn't tell (and my blog being just two months old should have been a hint), I'm not terribly experienced with this newfangled blogging thing. I tried blogging several years ago with a blog I called Darwinblog but I didn't have a particular focus and never really found my voice. I blogged about evolution, about weird plants, and about gardening, but guest blogging by my cat turned out to be the most popular posts. I eventually lost interest and the blog petered out but when I was out of work a few months ago (thanks to the shutdown of the federal government), I decided to occupy my time by blogging again. I've finally decided that garden blogging is my niche but I won't rule out a cat post or two!
Please bear with me while I play around with the blog's format and layout. I've switched to black print on a white background, and added a new background image. One criticism I've already received with the current setup is that the background image is too busy and distracting. What can I say? I love the image. It was the result of playing around with an old image with IrfanView. I got it by applying the "edge detection" effect to this photo:
In another version, I first applied the "explosion" effect, followed by "edge detection":
So how about it: what do you think of the new format and layout? What am I doing right? What could I be doing better? What should I be blogging about? I'm open to any and all suggestions so please post your constructively critical comments below! And if you're on Facebook, please "like" my DC Tropics page to be notified of new blog posts!