It's been just over 3 weeks since I discovered Blotanical - an online blogging community for those with a common interest in all things botanical. I'm really grateful to the many people who welcomed me into this great community of gardeners.
According to the Blotanical directory map, I'm the lone representative of Canada's Yukon Territory. A dubious distinction, perhaps, but a wonderful opportunity to dispel some myths about this corner of our country. It actually isn't the frozen wasteland many believe it to be.
With Blotanical, I've found myself getting caught up in the excitement of not only sharing my gardening pics and experiences, but also the challenge of accumulating points and levels of recognition within the complex scheme of picking my favorite blog posts, communicating with other gardeners through messages, gathering my list of favorite blogs and bloggers ... It's almost as preoccupying as gardening itself.
Actually, I get the sense it can become quite addictive. One of my fellow bloggers recently described waking up almost hourly during the night with thoughts and inspirations for her next blog post. It puts me to mind of David Foster Wallace's humorous description of his editor (an obviously obsessive individual), picturing him as "... scarcely more than a vestigial support system for an eye-brain assembly ... living full-time in some kind of high-tech medical chair that automatically gimbals around at various angles to help prevent skin ulcers, nourishment and wastes ferried by tubes, surrounded by full-spectrum lamps and stacks of magazines and journals, a special emergency beeper Velcroed to his arm in case he falls out of the chair, etc." All, presumably, in support of his editing obsession. In our case, perhaps, our blogging preoccupation. Let's hope it doesn't come to all that!
All kidding aside, Blotanical is a wonderful virtual gardening environment. I'm learning lots about what other gardeners are doing - around the world, as this community grows - and a great way to share my own experiences.
Here's the link: http://www.blotanical.com/