I have been a member of Blotanical since July 28, 2008. At that time I was new to Garden Blogging and at that time you could not find but a few other garden bloggers by using search engines.
Then one day I ran across Blotanical and I was one happy gardener.
Thanks to Stuart Robinson the founder of Blotanical I was able to meet fellow gardeners who had the same passion for gardening that I did.
Over the years Blotanical has grown by leaps and bounds and more and more gardeners, landscapers and designers have joined and we all have reaped the rewards and have learned so much because of Stuart and Blotanical. It has had some growing pains over the years but doesn’t every new venture have those periods of learning and change?
I have learned through Blotanical and its garden bloggers that gardeners are the most giving people in the world.
And speaking of the world, where else could you meet and read blogs from gardeners from literally all over the world.
I love being able to see all those faraway gardens and culture that I would not have been able to see. Let’s face it, a poor girl from the hills of Ohio is just not able to afford to travel to France, Germany, Italy or tropical islands. And although I would love to travel “down under” and see Australia it will just not happen. With Blotanical I have been able to go to all of these and get acquainted with its gardeners and their gardens.
When my garden is sleeping it is wonderful to be able to visit tropical gardens of those in warmer climates to get my flower fix on a cold snowy day.
Some of those gardeners that I have gained the pleasure of coming to know through Blotanical are now like old friends to me even though we have never met face to face.
Without Blotanical I would not have found them.
Now to the reason I have chosen to write about Blotanical.
Some of you may not check the Blotanical updates or get the Blotanical Blog on your Google Readers but the New Version of Blotanical that was suppose to roll online in February may now not only not come on line but Stuart is even considering other options for the whole Blotanical site.
I am going to take the liberty here to post Stuart’s latest posting to Blotanical followers because I do not want any of my followers to be ignorant to what is going on and not have a chance to express their wishes to Stuart.
So close…yet so far!
March 7, 2012
Version 2 has hit a major pothole in its journey. While we have been planning to get this updated version out before the end of last month (February 2012) it hasn’t happened – obviously!
The programmer that I had employed has gone AWOL with the site still sitting in limbo with many of the modules very incongruous. Alas, he hasn’t been returning my emails and hasn’t been available for online chats of the situation.
This has left me in an awkward position as my programming expertise is fairly basic – see Version 1. We have been building it on the Codeigniter framework for which I have a limited understanding and need to pour hours of time in getting fluent with it.
Therefore, I am now assessing what the next step is.
The options as I see it are;
1. Find and create a team of developers to finish the site and bring this update to fruition (more time and money required)
2. Abandon the site and let it become the MySpace of the gardening world
3. Sell the site, as is, to someone who would like to continue the project
I’m sharing these thought processes with you so that you don’t feel that I’m ignoring your requests but I’m not sure which option to go with at the moment.
Now I realize some of you have found your garden buddies and have them all lined up in your Google Reader and on Facebook but I for one am sad at the three options left to Stuart for the future of Blotanical and I also still enjoy Blotanical and try to participate every chance I get with contributing to it. I still enjoy meeting new gardeners and trying to help them if I can in any way.
And I do not like to see it abandoned or sold off.
So how do you feel about this latest news?
If you have some suggestions or answers and you still enjoy Blotanical or are just loyal to Stuart for helping us all meet then now is the time to get in touch with him and let your voice be heard.
Go to the Blotanical Blog below:
Thank you all for letting me vent to you on this issue but it would make me terribly sad to not bring it to your attention and be silent while Stuart is trying to make these decisions and you not know what was going on. Maybe you have the answers or can help. I know there are many talented people that enjoy Blotanical.
Stuart may need our support now and we should give it to him since he was the one who brought us all together.
Happy Garden Blogging,