Every month, the members of Rebecca Hartman's Herbwifery Forum hold a blog party. People who wish to participate write an article or share their thoughts and pictures about herbs around a pre-agreed subject. The host collects the links from everyone and posts them on their blog so people can read them.
July's blog party was about summer weeds and was hosted by Darcy Blue athttp://desertmedicinewoman.blogspot.com/2009/06/blog-party-wonderful-and-weedy-ones.html.
There was a wealth of wonderful postings and I learned a whole knew set of information about little known herbs such as self heal and ground ivy as well as new slants on old friends such as nettle seed and plantain.
This month's blog party is hosted by Kiva Rosehttp://bearmedicineherbals.com/
and the subject is "Sweet medicine" - cordials, syrups, honeys and elixir's. Kiva will be posting links to all the articles tomorrow, but if you want a sneak preview of mine, you can go tohttp://kitchenherbwife.blogspot.com/2009/07/sweet-memories-of-summer.html
I do wish we had more UK herbal blogs and could initiate our own herbal blog parties. They're great learning opportunities both from reading about other people's experiences and doing your own research for your own posting.
Blogs are incredibly easy to set up and manage. Many web hosts provide the internet space for free, so all you need is some time and some photographs to illustrate your subject. It doesn't have to be sophisticated, but you do need to post regularly. Once a month is sufficient, but it's nice if you post a couple of times a month. A lot of people use it as a diary for their personal or herbal exploits. It really doesn't matter whether or not you think you can write eloquently, you just talk as you would to your next door neighbour.
If you do feel inspired to set up a herbal blog, send the details of where you can be found to Debs and she will add you to the UK Herbwebring.
Happy reading and blogging!