I postponed moving to the new Blogger interface until recently. It's been interesting figuring out where some things are or which little icon gets me to the place I need. It's not difficult, it's just different. I thought I had mastered it until I realized that my post on spring planning was missing a title. Why? Because I didn't notice where the title box was. I also forgot tags. Same reason. Hopefully, I find my way around soon.
I also tried Google Reader for the first time recently. In general, it makes sense. I can just scroll down and read the entire post of each blog I'm following. Efficient? Yes. Fun? No. I missed the personality of each blog. The colors, the photos, the links, the gadgets and gizmos. It was very plain. Yes, the photos of each post were there, but the header photos of some blogs are just amazing. You don't see them using Google Reader. Clicking on the link and opening your blog is like stepping into your garden. It's a total experience. If I want more about what you're posting, I can usually search the blog and get previous posts about the plant. Comments were missing too (unless that's a box I haven't found to check mark yet). I enjoy the other readers' comments. Plus, some days, I'll read a blog and then click on a link in the blog roll; read that blog and then click on a link in the blog roll, etc. It's like a fun random garden tour.
At Garden on Sherlock Street, I keep a seasonal photo at the top of the right column; I have pages where you can find more information about GonSS; zone data and frost dates noted; a list of tags; links to other garden blogs; the followers block; my email address and a few slide shows. I hope you enjoy them and find some useful.
So, in summary, I'm skipping Google Reader. I want the whole experience of visiting your blog.
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