When I launched my website in May of this year, I had no idea what to expect. Would it languish in cyberspace with only a handful of visitors, or would word spread like a pre-school cold and crash the server? In fact, neither has happened. And I'm okay with that. I chose not to do any promotion, preferring instead a quiet launch, much like a new restaurant chooses to do a soft opening. That's just my style. And the truth is, I suck at self promotion.
Now four months later, I'm thrilled by the response you've shown. And in a way, the website has become much like my show, in that although the number of visitors (viewers) isn't huge, at least not yet, those of you who do visit (watch) seem to genuinely enjoy what I have to say.
So what are my plans for the future of the website? Well first, I'm pleased to report that based on several excellent suggestions in response to my last post, we're testing a new RSS feed that will allow you to upload content to my web-based network, GGTV. That's something I've wanted to do from day one. I can't give you an actual date for when it'll be up and running, but it'll be soon. My goal is to create a community of gardeners who can share their ideas with others so that the website isn't all about me.
I'm also playing around with the content of the site. This month I decided to drop the Living with Latin section, for reasons I've made clear in my latest entry. I've also been forced, due to time contraints, to update other sections "periodically" rather than commit to weekly updates. The Store is still "under construction" and has turned out to be far more difficult to create than I ever imagined. To be honest, I didn't realize just how much time a website would require, and with two kids in college (and another on the way next year), I still have to make a living.
And that brings me to the most sensitive topic of all -- making money off the website. At this point, the site is functioning as a non-profit corporation. Of course, I expected as much, and I'm not complaining. But at some point it needs to at least break even, and it would be nice if it generated a profit, even a small profit. And while there are a number of ways to generate income from a website, I would prefer to rely on advertising revenue, which means getting more and more visitors to click on www.gardenerguy.com.
So help me spread the word. If each of you were to tell three friends to visit my website, it would have a huge impact on traffic. And I'd be even more grateful than I already am.