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Garden Coaches Awash in Wet Paint

Waaay back in June of 2007 I started the first Gardening Coach Directory on my website, with just the four coaches featured in the New York Times story that, I believe, started the whole media rush to cover this new service.  But with the media attention came more coaches til there were 130+ and I discovered that managing the directory – especially updating everyone's listing every time they changed their rates or their email address or some such – had become a pain.

I was just about to chuck the whole thing when super-savvy garden coach/online marketing consultant Jean Ann Van Krevelen came to the rescue, offering to create for us a directory using the Wiki-type service WetPaint.  Now people can create and update their own (damn) listings, of any length or format they may choose.  But WetPaint is waaay more than just a Wiki.  It's got:

  • A forum, natch.  But unlike every other forum I've ever seen and then never checked back with, WetPaint sends us all a very cool email newsletter every week that tells us what's being talked about on the forum.  Finally, I've found a forum I might actually keep up with.
  • Ways to chat directly with each other which, okay, I really don't get.  (Doesn't email still work?)  Maybe Jean Ann can explain.
  • Back to that really cool weekly newsletter, it also tells us who's joined the group in the last week, and who's changed which pages.  That seems to be how groups can use these Wiki-type programs that allow members to change the content, because WetPaint helps you keep tabs on who's doing what.  So a rival coach in your area can't anonymously wipe out your listing.  Not that a garden coach would ever do that, but people DO ask the question. 

So new coaches, this is a great time for you to join us, by visiting our new home page and then the New Member Page for lots of help.  Plus, Jean Ann and our two volunteer moderators are standing by to help you get listed. Come on in, the paint may be wet but it's just fine.

UPDATE:  Typepad won't let anyone SEE those 8 comments – sorry!  We've been having these technical difficulties ever since they "upgraded" us to the latest version.   We keep sending them help tickets and hoping the problems are fixed soon.

Posted by on March 10, 2009 at 11:41 am, in the category What's Happening.
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10 responses to “Garden Coaches Awash in Wet Paint”

  1. Woo Hoo! Thanks for the love and for founding this great directory…You are truly a pioneer in our world.

  2. Great job, Susan! Thanks for doing this. I got the idea of garden coaching from you in the first place.

  3. Thanks Susan and Jean Ann. This is a very good resource.

  4. TC says:

    I wonder when the term “gardening coach” replaced “landscape designer” and why? Is a football/soccer/basketball coach who also gardens a gardening coach? I think part of it is it’s more trendy to say. I’ve been told I’d make a good one, but I think I’d bench a lot of my players.

  5. Thanks for keeping the directory going, Susan. You’ve done an awful lot to publicize and build a community of garden coaches, to all our benefit.

  6. Thanks for keeping the directory going, Susan. You’ve done a lot to publicize the field and create a networking community of garden coaches.

  7. Nikki Smith says:

    Hey, this is really cool. I signed up as a Garden Groupie. You should make a category for people like me. 🙂

    Also, I realize I’m late to the show, but I saw Washingtonian mention you in an article that ran last year. Very cool.


  8. Kathy Green says:

    Hi Susan,

    I am one of the two volunteer moderators, and I have to say that so far everyone has been great about making requested changes, asking for help, or just sending welcome notes to others. I think that we will have a fantastic community of coaches, and a truly great site for those people looking for coaching help! Thanks so much to you and Jean Ann for setting all of this up!

    Kathy Green
    Garden Coach Directory Moderator

  9. gardenrant says:

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