Branding my Blog: Purple and White Dahlias
I was going to post about drywall today…..but I’m not quite done piecing all the post details together. So instead, I will tell you about dahlias and the beginning of my blogs brand.
A few months ago I decided to take several steps to whip my blog into shape:
- Move it to WordPress
- Re-design the page
- Teach my self a little CSS and HTML coding every week
- Join other blogging groups and forums
- Finally make a Twitter account ( I was resisting at all costs, but now I actually like it)
- Make a page on Facebook
- Participate in blog love: link parties, exchanges etc…
- Make it easier to navigate
I feel like my baby blog of rambling home renovation projects, gardening, and CSA tidbits has begun to become a place where I, and other readers, like to talk about everything from insulation to ants. Part of this process was giving my blog an identity. I changed the background, font, and header a dozen times or so trying to find the right fit. I settled on using images from my home (since that’s what this blog is about!) because everything else I tried didn’t capture the feel I wanted the blog to have.
Dahlia’s and Iris are my favorite flowers, and last year when I purchased my new iphone4 I went crazy taking pictures with it. I discovered it takes phenomenal photos of plants in natural light. I snapped pictures of everything I was growing in the garden – especially the purple and white Sellwood Glory dahlia that was bending under the weight of all its blooms. When I was looking for a blog image I can across this beautiful flower, and that was it! The beginning of my blogs brand was born.
I just placed my order for all the dahlias that I intend to plant this Spring (14 in total – ambitious much?) and I made sure to order another Sellwood Glory in addition to the varieties below. I will keep the Sellwood as my branded image though – striking and classic. I hope when you see a Sellwood in someone elses garden, you’ll think of my house.
You can read up on the history of this flower at Old House Gardens, the heirloom bulb/tuber/fleshy-rooted plant source for all of my Dahlia’s and Iris’ and future peonies.
Arriving at my doorstep in April directly from Old House Gardens: