To begin, let me make several observations about my writer’s retirement and the experiment I’m about to launch.
Didn’t I Just Retire?
I’m feeling great about my garden-writing retirement, as I haven’t written a new word since March when we arrived home. I’ve republished a few things, but there’s been nary a new word.
This summer I built a dry-stone wall around the garden, took a lot of time to read, found a ton of books I want to read this winter and occupied myself productively.
But It’s Fall
I’m not a fan of working outside when the snow is on the ground and we’re not likely to go south until we’ve been covid-vaccinated. We have no timetable on that and given Florida’s caseload; I think it’s safer to stay north.
While we could socially isolate down there but we have to go shopping, etc. With the lack of masks and social unrest combined with the far higher population base, it’s far safer to stay home until we’re vaccinated and the issue settles down a bit.
Note I will delete any comments that are politically motivated. This isn’t a comment on U.S. politics or policies. It’s simply looking at the numbers as they are far lower in our region than elsewhere.
The Real Problem
Most of my life, I’ve stumbled out of bed around 5am. From milking cows to running nurseries, rising early became a terrible habit I unfortunately could not break. It’s lovely in the summer when predawn breaks, the birds sing and the air is cool and moist. Coffee on the back deck has become a bit of a habit.
It’s less appealing in the middle of winter when those north winds blow down the channel to wrap themselves around our old, poorly insulated, old house.
In the winter, I’m not interested in going outside to drink my coffee and make notes about the day. In the winter, I’m barely able to conceal my impatience for spring. I need something to take my mind off whatever hell is arriving on those north-west winds.
It’s Six Months Until Garden Season Again.
I going to spend the next six months helping folks have a better garden next year.
After that, I’d likely slow down, rebuild my sweetie’s vegetable garden during the pleasant weather and find the next stone project to work on.
How Do I Help Readers Have A Better Garden?
I’m going to do several things:
- The first is to use a graphics programme and produce a series of graphic tips and techniques for all the most common gardening problems.
- The second is to answer reader’s questions in videos and graphics. This will happen on both Facebook and Youtube.
- Third, I’m also going to have some fun with the graphics and share quotes and other things readers might find fun, useful and interesting.
Note if this isn’t fun, it’s not worth doing
How Will I Test This Experiment?
I have to test every experiment. After all, if I commit to doing a ton of work (making videos isn’t quick and easy) then I really want to know it’s helping folks.
I’m going to track the number of new readers to the Facebook page.
How does that measure the experiment?
If folks share the videos and graphics, that means they’re pleased. And if others see that and find it interesting enough to follow me, that’s the accurate measure of the content. (At least as far as Facebook is concerned.)
I’ll report regularly here.
- My Doug Green Garden page has 5,287 Likes and 5,021 Follows.
- D. Frank Green (fiction author) 34 Likes and 36 Follows
- Douglas Green (this site) has 46 Likes and 49 Follows
The only site I’m working to improve (at this writing) is the Doug Green Gardening Facebook page, and I’m going to aim for 10,000 Likes and Follows.
Yes, I want to double the folks who see my gardening posts on Facebook.
I will work on the others, but not to the same extent (no videos).
And I’m Off
I’m starting today (Sept 30) to get the software lined up (more on that in future posts) for both graphics and social media scheduling.
I’ll post updates about the software and the results as things shake out.
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