I began The Desert Edge after another native plant society member started her blog, urging others on as a modern way to keep a garden and nature journal. She quit blogging after a few posts that spring of '05.
My journal of natural and built environment sightings is about spaces; my own garden and designs were only side notes. While I never had other readers or comments in mind, I like how that's evolving, too. It's since turned into more of a landscape design blog, but I often mix it up. Here's some statistics -
POSTS [my Abq patio after an overnight snow in the winter of 2009...definitely not this blustery, dry winter]
493 - all time (but I'm not always a regular)
119 - in the queue (more ideas than time)
2853 - page views on my top post - here . Top posts and pages include our Feb 2011 über-freeze (brrr), posts for the GDRT (no surprise), yuccas (yippee ki-yay), Arizona Rosewood (of all the plants!), and my plant inventory (more than most of my neighbors properties combined). Some even looked at my rain gauge (at times, I too like sun-cracked plexiglass & spider webs)!
HOW PEOPLE GOT HERE [near Junction TX, near the edges of sub-humid prairie and semi-arid uplands]
Already using Google, tweeting and being a knight on the GDRT, I owe others a big thanks, too. At under 700 miles, Blogger stats say Rockrose sent many here. At 2/3 the way across the US and a touch S of due E, is Tara. And at 400+ miles and 6+ hours down the Salt River Canyon, is AZ Plant Lady. Gracias, from the land of 4 seasons of eternal sun, birds that run, and limitless drought!
WHO MAKES ME LAUGH
Many cause me to laugh. But the above copy / knock-off of my blog made me laugh as much as most anything in the Desert Edge's 8 years! "Midnight at the oasis, bring your camels to bed...!" Tres bien? Que no?
HOW MUCH MONEY I'VE MADE [Bismarckia Palm / Bismarckia nobilis at a luxurious Phoenix home)
"For the love of money is the root of all evil."