And thinking like the fake investigative journalists we are here at the Rant, I wondered who’s behind this Garden of Eden, supposedly "dedicated to
gardening". So I naturally looked for their About page and guess what –
it’s not there! I then asked the sender of the solicitation "Who are you?" and
was told "We’ll eventually add an About page." Not one to wait for
promised eventualities, I did some online snooping and learned that gardening is one of 40+
blog topics reblogged by a company called Nimble Ferret, and most of their
sites are sports- or wine-related. And they’re all owned by something called
Anumati, described on its website as offering "tools for investors". Not exactly a player in the gardening world.
So now you know everything I know about this Voices-wannabe, and here’s my question. They’re making advertising income from our writing and we’re getting what, exactly? Individually, the weak promise of greater exposure and collectively, anything at all? At least Voices is part of GardenWeb, which really is about
gardening and has FAQs, forums, Hortiplex and the good sense to hire Old Roses – one of us – to create Voices. And she’s doing a heckuva job sorting through our posts, highlighting new entrants, and generally spreading the word.
And speaking of spreading the word, how did we all find each other in the first place? For me it was a Google search that found the gardening blog list maintained by the Providence Journal. And now there’s the Voices list (222 and counting) and ColdClimateGardening’s up-to-date and descriptive Garden Blog Directory. Do we really need any more lists or reblogs for new readers to find us? I think not. So to Garden of Eden and any other parasites that come sniffing around: Go away; we don’t need you.
Link? I don’t want to encourage them but if you search Nimble Ferret and gardening you’ll probably find it.
About the photo. Sure, it has nothing to do with the text but I thought it would look cool next to the tomatoes. They were both taken at my local Sunday morning farmer’s market, and off I go now!