new look for real men sow

A (Sort of) New Look for Real Men Sow

Well, 5 weeks or so until the birth of my second child. I’m not really sure where the time has gone!

What I do know, however, is that the time hasn’t always gone on this blog.

Before Lewis was born, I’d find myself blogging 3 – 4 times a week. I loved it. I’d pop back from the allotment, and put my thoughts in a post. Some nice people (and not just my mum) began to read it, via Twitter and web forums.

Allotments were popular, so I thought that beginners might appreciate a few tip posts using some of the things a newbie-cum-improver had learnt since taking the plot on. Those 4 or so years of sharing the tips, advice, and mistakes I made formed the basis of Real Men Sow, gently climbing up the Google rankings and drawing the 10,000 visits a month I now feel very privileged to receive.

Two Crazy Kids
Recently, however, the time has not been on my side and my blog posts have dropped to about one a week. Raising an awesome but energetic 2 and a half-year-old, whilst trying to get everything ready for a second one, along with Lewis’s stubborn refusal to go to bed before 9 pm and a new job (with exams to boot) have all conspired to reduce the amount of time I have been able to devote to Real Men Sow.

And from around the middle of September, life will be doubling in busyness!

Don’t get me wrong, these are amazing, life-affirming things, but with people actually reading my stuff and signing up to my mailing list, I can’t help but feel we’ve all come too far together to let it all go out to fallow now.

The Future of Real Men Sow (For Now)
In truth, I started this blog largely for selfish reasons – because I love writing and found it a great way of meeting likeminded allotmenteerists. That said, I can’t begin to say how touched I am that people seem to enjoy reading Real Men Sow, and even more so that they find it useful.

So my plan for the next few months is to try publishing a slimmed-down Sunday version of Real Men Sow – with all the usual growing tips and anecdotes, but more of a weekly digest of what’s happened on the plot, jobs for the next week, links to previous posts where I’ve covered relevant stuff and anything else that’s tickled my fancy that week.

Just like my Patch from Scratch, I hope this will mean the blog remains to be manageable, but fruitful. 🙂

Thanks so much for reading, and as always please feel free to let me know what you think of my first new-look post on Sunday.

4 thoughts on “A (Sort of) New Look for Real Men Sow”

  1. Hey Jono, I know exactly how you feel! I’m expecting my first and my blogging has almost disappeared off a cliff and it is really hard to garden and find the energy to garden whilst 6 months pregnant. We’ll see how it goes next March when the gardening season starts and I have a 5 month old in tow. I’ve been determined to work on my plot sufficiently through my pregnancy to keep it as it is a work allotment that is free and with the most excellent earth and a complete sun trap. And right now I’m determined to come down regularly throughout my maternity leave. However, we’ll see how the blogging goes. At the moment, it’s every few months that I post something. I love gardening and growing veg but our priorities are changing!

    1. Hey Claire, congratulations!

      And you have my full respect, running an allotment 6 months pregnant!

      If you can keep the plot going that would be ace.It’s a lovely feeling watching the little ‘un running down to the patch and harvesting crops. 🙂

  2. I think that is a wonderful idea and look forward to reading it every week. P.S. Your son is adorable.

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