The Sodshow Garden Podcast – every Friday – in iTunes, www.sodshow.com all good podcast stores.
On the blog:
- The Beautiful Cow Competition
- Ever wondered about Irish Milk ? – you should.
- The all about organic post got interesting. See comments. And Politics.ie
- The Garden Gallery – why ? I got an email in…. See below
My weekend in the garden:
Unusual Green News:
- new age terrorists develop homeopathic bomb – via @conn and @deekdeekster
- Féile Bia na Mara or The Achill Seafood Festival July 15th -18th on Achill Island. Reason number one why you should visit Ireland. The landscape is amazing. You have to eat at some stage. 😉 You’ll thank me for it. via @Bordbia
- Visual Arts sessions at www.ark.ie – love the nature bit for the youngest. via @ManAboutCouch and @jennyfoxe
- Farmers swap farming land for farming wind via @ananelson – Eureka! The starving will have electricity for the laptop and can order pizza… ?
- UK Food Standards Agency to be abolished by health secretary
- Ireland judged inadequate against 10 biodiversity indicators by Birdlife International. Only Cyprus ranks worse. @wildireland
- Wild campers face first Scotland ban
- I like Dan Boyle, but… [quote] Top ten Green Party legislative achievements in 2010 so far – you decide.
Your Thoughts on This Email:
Hi Peter, great site – engaging blog, great ideas – But I can’t quite figure out who is your market? Is it the organic farmer, is it someone with a city garden, county councils ….???
A Chara Cormac,
thanks very much my friend. Always good to get feedback on the blog. Being honest – I’m not sure there is one strict ‘audience type’ that I was looking to ‘target’. It’s more just my ramblings [?] thoughts and so fort of what I come across as an enthusiast of the great outdoors. There are also points in there where I believe discussion is always good [ie. organic] and thats another side to it.
Essentially I make or work with plants/ gardens/ am a horticulturalist by qualification. The reality is though that I dont play golf or live a lavish lifestyle and this you might say keeps me more than occupied. By way of sponsorship – if it comes it comes that’ll be nice but it is by no means the reason I started writing. To be honest, when I left the farmers journal I just needed to keep my fingers occupied and this came up. I guess it just grew from there.
That said the stats show the people like it – so I guess I’ll just keep plugging away until Bill Gates decides to buy me out 😉
Cheers Peter, I suppose my comment was more an observation on why you’re not trying to more specifically capitalise on the interesting nature of your blog by upping the sales/ business content of your website (not the blog – which would obviously turn people off). Turning the stats into business. On the other hand your passionate approach is admirable – I’m sure such passion has greater rewards
*smiles I wouldn’t mind Cormac to be honest I just and it is something that crossed my mind. Thats said I’m not sure I know how. Also I’m not sure Mrs D would agree with the passion has greater rewards ! 😉
And finally Cormac replied:
well I would have thought putting up some past projects on the website side would be a start – or outlining what you’re best at! (you can’t be good at everything!;-) With a dublin address you have a fine big market. You could be the Duncan of horticulture! Anyhow – i’ll leave you at it! there was you having a good time til I started nagging you like the Mrs.
Personally I think Cormac sounds like a decent cup of coffee kind of guy…. certainly made me think and for the better. Thanks Cormac. Sincerely. Is that the Duncan I think he’s talking about…. 😉
This made me smile:
It appears some-one really does read this blog. Really made me smile Thanks Orla 😀