Why are you starting another blog? Are you a glutton for punishment?
I'm receiving so many event notices and press releases that I'm making a separate blog just of them, begun September 1, 2007. This will actually descramble my brain and declutter the Providential Gardener a bit, enabling me to post meeting notices quickly in one place and my original posts (on only two days a week ~ maybe three now and then) about environmental matters in the Providential Gardener. One weblog cannot handle all this stuff! In fact, I'll be working on a full-blown Providential Gardener website after I get the Calendar fully up to speed so we can all get a better handle on the tremendous volume of information out there about our great little state.
Each blog will always link to the other, so readers can still find everything that's been in The Providential Gardener. It's just sorted more clearly: (1) EVENTS and (2) EVERYTHING ELSE ENVIRONMENTAL AND "RHODE ISLANDAL."
Would you compare and contrast the two blogs ~ What Grows On in Rhode Island with The Providential Gardener?
Well, it's the beginning of the school year, and the English teacher must have shown up.
- What Grows On describes environmental events and publishes as often as event notices come in.
- The Providential Gardener has other environmental news and information and publishes two or three times a week.
- The Providential Gardener Calendar displays every event I've heard about and can manage to enter, some of which are just titles, dates, and times.
- What Grows On does NOT list everything in the Calendar, but it often has many more details of
events as well as easy links to registration forms, brochures, and
other materials that might be available about a meeting. I also hope
attendees might submit comments to the posts with summaries or reports
about the meetings they attend.
What about the name? You've been using What's Growing On for a few weeks, but now it's What Grows On.
You might see a slightly different name for this blog, which could
be confusing. I've been using "What's Growing On in Rhode Island" in
many Providential Gardener posts, but I hear the apostrophe in a web
title page can throw off web search engines, so this blog is now
officially "What Grows On in Rhode Island." The world dishes out enough problems so why take on a known problem too?
What are the publishing schedules?
- What Grows On in Rhode Island publishes emailed press releases and meeting notices as received (and when I'm reading my email), which could be 7 days a week and any time during the working day or evening. Occasionally I take days off, so please send notices well in advance!
- The Providential Gardener publishes only on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and sometimes on Saturdays.
What's the scoop on the scope of the two blogs?
- What Grows On in Rhode Island publishes environmental event notices and press releases received via email, and it also occasionally picks up events from websites. For an idea of the range of specific topics, event types, locations, and size of meetings, see What's Listed in "What Grows On in Rhode Island"?
- The Providential Gardener's point of view is that Rhode Island is one whole garden we all tend. Starting from that idea, though, leads us into every kind of environmental issue, because everything is really interrelated. In June 2006 I wrote:
...Where is the edge of the garden? Today's postings range a bit far
afield, out of gardens proper. But sometimes I can't help wandering off
into nature surveys and environmental awareness events as well as along
rivers. The Providential Gardener intends to cut a wider swath than the
average, garden-variety gardening blog. Water quality, native plants,
and the general condition of the environment in our state ultimately
affect our gardens....
The Providential Gardener regularly highlights What Grows On in Rhode Island and The
Providential Gardener Calendar, as well as many other environmental
calendars and news sources. It publishes
some environmental news stories, but it will eventually grow into a
comprehensive online directory of Rhode Island environmental
information resources ~ Linking Rhode Island's Growing Community. There is so much growing on that it takes many people to cover it. For instance, see Natural News Network for many more news stories about Rhode Island's environment, and of course Peter B. Lord's Projo Environmental Journal.
Are you done yet?
Oh, no. I've barely begun. Future plans for What Grows On and The Providential Gardener Calendar include:
- Online event submission forms
- Move from Google Calendar to other calendar software with more features, such as categorization
- Even more than this, so stay tuned!