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    Good things to have going on in life besides gardening :-)

    Susan Harris

    Well, if you're ticked off, just get even by getting inspired, which it sounds like you're already exploring.
    Now about you younger Boomers - I KNOW if I were 47 tears old - the youngest of the demographic block labeled boomer - I wouldn't like the label at ALL. I recently saw the 47-55-year-old bunch called the Jones Generation, but now I don't remember why. Sorry!
    Anyway, thanks so much for the wonderful shout-out, and how about being the first Jones Generation Boomer to offer a turn-on for the cause? Could it be making videos? Or surprise me!

    OK, I've decided I'm officially part of the Jones Generation! Besides an upcoming barrage of vertical gardening posts, I'm not sure what I'll tackle next, but your blog is definitely serving as inspiration.

    Rebecca Sweet

    You always make me laugh. Even when publicly stating you don't like me some days. Not many people can say that and still leave me wanting to hang out with you! It's so refreshing to hear that you get burned out, too. We all do, and the more we realize that the more we can just go out and do something else for awhile. So here's an idea - let's take a trip, Susan. Say....Seattle? I'll meet you at the airport tomorrow at noon.....


    I guess I could repost some of my earlier posts from a few years ago, but that sort of feels like cheating. What do you think?

    Scott Hokunson


    You're not alone, we all hit that wall and struggle with ideas. You're about to get an injection of adrenaline as you and Rebecca begin your uber-successful tour as authors, and that's sure to stir the creative juices!

    I'm a young boomer also (48), but I don't care about that designation, I feel young at heart and that's all that matters.

    Looking forward to the "new" schedule of posts! (how's that for pressure) ;-)

    I'll try not to let you down, Scott! I'm 47, so just a few months younger and I could consider myself part of the much sexier Generation X. But I'm taking Susan H's suggestion in her comment and calling myself Generation Jones in the future.


    I would read "Stuff Susan's Thinking about" LOL! Good one.

    I can't maintain a personal blog anymore. I just can't. Not enough time. Ick.

    Well that's one vote for Stuff Susan's Thinking About. If I can get a few more, it might just fly...


    I am SOOOO with you! I have been suffering from Blog Fatigue for a while now - I don't know HOW Rebecca does it all! And all of this editorial calendar and mind-mapping stuff ... I'm the type that could never keep a diary, no matter how much I wanted to. Discipline is NOT my strong suit - FUN is! So I raise my cup of coffee to you for marrying the two! Reigniting is FUN, and having an editorial calendar is responsible. Kudos! (OMG I love the picture under the table. It is totally romantic!)
    I know if I tried to do an editorial calendar, it would end up being a blank page titled "Editorial Calendar".


    Your editorial calendar sounds a lot like my budget :-) And you are correct; Nick and I have very romantic feet.

    Kylee from Our Little Acre

    What I like to do is to find a gardening connection to just about anything I come across that interests me, even if on the surface it has absolutely nothing to do with gardening. It's kind of like the Six Degrees of Separation thing.

    I've never gotten burned out with blogging, since I began in January 2007. Of course, it doesn't take much to interest me or make me happy, so it may very well be that some of what I write about is just drivel to other people. But it's my blog and I'll write what I want to... LOL.

    No editorial calendar here, either. For me, that would be akin to abiding by a budget. I've never been able to do that, either.

    Dear Superwoman:
    The ONLY reason I am not deleting this comment for making me look even more lame than I already am is your budget confession. :-)


    What I'm missing here is the goal of blogging. What's in it for you that warrants spending time and effort on it? Maybe you didn't include it because it's obvious to you already but to me the who, what, when and how needs to come from the why.

    You've got a readership and you're connecting to us, as evidenced by all the comments. I know I always read your blog entries because I get something out of where you're going with them. I get the impression that you have a lot to say that I'm interested in hearing, both in your blog and in person.

    Is there a thought train you could follow so that when you come across something blog-worthy blogging spontaneously feels like the right response? Perhaps change the format? Lower the threshold technically so each entry requires fewer steps? Include more photos or illustrations as jump-off points?

    I'm looking forward to seeing where you're taking your blog.

    From a practical stand point, it's helped me increase my presence both online and with traditional media, plus, it's a way for potential clients to get to know me a bit which I hope makes them more likely to hire me (although the opposite may be true). I would never have gotten the opportunity to write a book without the blog.

    Having said that, it would be nice if it wasn't such a voracious animal to feed. To be able to take a vacay from it without losing readers would be nice. Plus, to be honest, the attention is somewhat addictive. It's flattering to think people are interested in what I have to say.

    Alice Joyce

    Dare I say ... Javier Bardem:
    Watching great movies = one of life's pleasures.

    Much to mull over here, Susan. Surely a great hike in the paradise that is the Bay Area must always be at the top of any To-Do list.

    (On a sad and somber note of concern for New Zealanders, in following news of the Christchurch quake, I know that one day our region will suffer the same fate.)

    You're right, we're lucky to live in such a beautiful place. We'll just have to enjoy it as long as we can.

    Susan aka Miss R

    As one who does write about (paraphrased) "stuff Susan Cohan is thinking about today" I think you need to cut yourself some slack. You are actually one of the more interesting people I've there. Write about whatever you want to write about, whenever you want to write about it. You'll be surprised at your own creativity. Oh, and have a cocktail.

    Thanks for the kind words, Susan! Not to mention the excellent cocktail advice.


    While I go through ups and downs of having something to say, I haven't gotten burned out of garden blogging yet (after 5 years), but I can sure see how it could happen. I don't keep a calendar of posting and don't shoot for any particular regularity. It's not forced, in other words, and I don't think you should worry about forcing posts either. If it's not doing it for you anymore, then don't do it -- or do something else. Life's too short to spend it on something you don't enjoy. Right?

    Oh Pam, life might be short but I still spend plenty of time on stuff I don't enjoy, beginning with laundry and ending with cleaning the kitchen. But your point is well taken :-)

    Steve Asbell

    Loved the post! I'll eventually suffer from garden writing burnout, and when that happens I luckily have lots of other interests to draw inspiration from. Kudos to you for that "under the table" photo! Love it!

    Steve, you're one of the most enthusiastic blogger/writers I've come across in a long time. I have a feeling burn-out is a long way away.


    Great Blog Jones! Keeping the momentum is hard especially when you don't really know the make up of your audience. The whole blog thing struck me as too random to be worth the effort but you've managed to keep it interesting. If you were an x-gener, you would have given up and focused on growing chickens! Huevos rancheros for all!

    If you REALLY cared about my blog burnout, you'd offer to come back and guest post on CA natives again. Not only would I get a break, but my street cred would go up immensely.


    I get burnout every year towards the end of the season, and when that happens, I start posting rants and hybrid gardening posts that mix gardening with whatever it is I'm reading or thinking about. Last year, my "month of burnout" posts were my most popular in terms of comments and traffic.

    So I'd agree with everyone else who's said - cut yourself some slack - have fun, post about whatever the dang hell you want and include a picture of flowers at the end for the obligatory garden tie-in, and ignore any perceived obligation to post in any particular schedule.

    On a couple of other blogs that I post to rarely, I just removed the dates on the blog so new readers wouldn't know I hadn't posted in six months, and I could pick up and post anytime I wanted without the dates giving away my lack of dedication to those particular projects.

    Gen, if I'm reading your advice correctly, you're saying once a month I can blog about anything I want to, as long as I post a picture of a flower at the end. Did I get that right?

    Rob (OurFrenchGarden)

    Hello Jackson,

    well Troy called you Jones so maybe this is the new game?

    This post was a good read, and so honest. Blog whatever, whenever.

    I think Troy was referring to the first comment from Susan Harris, who said someone my age is part of the (previously unheard of) Jones generation. But I'm always up for a new word game, the more bizarre the better.

    But I actually appreciate bloggers like you who DON'T post quite so frequently. Makes me feel a LITTLE better.


    I've been blogging since April 2008 (448 posts so far, according to Wordpress). I've often worried that I would run out of things to say, but even though sometimes I get REALLY sick of it, and feel like it's all just blah, blah, blah, most of the time I love it. I decided early on to keep my blogs short and link them to longer pieces, if I had something lengthy to say. I think this has made it easier to keep it up. I also love that I can write in any voice about anything container gardening (even slightly) related, which makes it easier to find topics.

    I think one of the best things for me about blogging is that when something goes horribly wrong in my gardens, there is a big upside - blog fodder!

    Way to turn lemons into lemonade, Kerry! I've been known to blog about a few of my own gardening mishaps.

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