Social Media via Twitter From TheGardenChat

Sharing what is growing on in my neck of the woods is why I’ve been online from the get-go. If it weren’t for social media and outlets like BLOGGER or Facebook, I would have never have met the fabulous garden folks I know today. Where would I be today in my garden without Joe Lamp’l sharing a comment on my very first blog 2 years ago and then twitter talk about Moo-Poo with Annie Haven?   I’ve been very fortunate to be able to connect with some amazing people around the world, who share the same interests.

One of my favorite social networks is Twitter.  Hard to believe a little over a year ago I said GOODBYE to Twitter for a few months because I just didn’t feel it was helping my garden grow.  If it weren’t for a Tweet-Out stating that ‘ I didn’t like Twitter’ and a tweet back from @interleafer I would have hung up my tweeting tools forever.  Laura Livengood Schaub shared  a link to tweetdeck.com and the fun began for me on Twitter. I learned so much about how to connect with others who enjoy the garden world, and now I’m the administrator of an organized chat forum that takes place every Monday evening to connect and share with some fabulous peeps who love to toil in the soil as much as I do!

My adventures in organizing #gardenchat have been featured on Martha Stewart Radio on their  Homegrown Radio segment. I was likewise extremely excited to have Stacey Hirvela, garden writer for Martha Living as one of our guest hosts in April. You can check out that transcript on the #gardenchat transcript page.   I was honored and extremely nervous when she asked me to be a guest on her radio show.  Looking back, I don’t know why I was so nervous, because I simply love sharing gardening via #gardenchat. I had a truly great time talking about networking on Twitter.  To check out what they wrote about my appearance on the show and to hear the radio interview, please check out Martha Stewart Radio / Twitter Chatting : The Next Big Thing For Gardeners. Be sure to follow Martha Stewart Living on Twitter at @MS_Living .

Feel the energy…. I was super stoked to be on the radio to talk about #gardenchat. Before I went live with Stacey on Martha Stewart Radio, I shared some fun thoughts about #gardenchat in this video.

WHAT DO I LOVE ABOUT #gardenchat?

The #gardenchat thread has connected many people from all walks of life, who are eager to share what inspires them to grow.  It allows those who enjoy social networking to join in the fun by sharing links to their networks and connecting with others with similar interests.  Having 100′s of gardeners right at my fingertips to help answer questions and share their gardening experience is what I love most about #gardenchat.

My question to you is : IF YOU COULD CONNECT with those who make the world of gardening grow by participating in a simple forum like #gardenchat, WOULDN’T YOU?   Share with me on this link what you love most about social media, and I hope you will join us on the next #gardenchat!

Bren Haas

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10 thoughts on “Social Media via Twitter From TheGardenChat

  1. This is a wonderful article/vid. You look so bubbly in the video! I love your energy. :D

    #gardenchat is something I look forward to every week. My Twitter experience would be pretty boring without it.

    It certainly makes me happy to see a wide variety of gardeners together sharing their pictures, advice, stories and words of encouragement for gardening noobs like me.

    Thank you for sharing this article and video, Bren!

  2. Emily (@liquidfence says:

    Thanks for such a wonderful post! I love learning new things and social media like Twitter and Facebook teach me new things about the garden world and the world in general every day.

    It’s great to see such a thriving community!

  3. I adore the feeling of “community” that social media can provide, as well as the opportunity to share and learn. (And there’s a lot I need to learn! ; ) If I’m honest, though, what I look forward to most in social media is turning those relationships into real-life friendships; social media gives me excuses for road trips & meeting new people. I *love* that. : )

  4. Way cool Bren!! You are such an inspiration..:)

  5. Social media is absolutely like a garden–loaded with possibilities and outcomes! The value of this garden is unlimited.
    Bren, we met you through social media and our lives are richer because of it.
    Kerrie and Carol
    The Seed Keeper Company

  6. Danielle Ernest says:

    Such a great interview, Bren! You did an AWESOME job! I wish they would have had podcasts of the interviews when I went on with Stacy and Tony. My family would have loved to hear it. Rock on, girl! And keep on growing! @Proven_Winners

  7. Hey Brenda as always a first rate post and your video is as upbeat as ever. Thank you so much for the mention during your interview with Martha Stewart Living and in you post today. I truly enjoy growing with you in the garden with Authentic Haven Brand these past two season coming three now (Wow time flies) as well as on twitter and #gardenchat. You are truly a jewel, an inspiration and a wonderful friend. I am anxiously looking forward to finally meeting you in person at P Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Garden to Blog event and that’s just a few days away….

    Here’s to Social Media and the friendship it’s created Annie

  8. Great post, Bren! I totally agree. Living in a rural area, here in Ontario, social media has given me an amazing opportunity to meet fellow gardeners/bloggers. The fact that I’m interacting and actually becoming friends with like minded people all over the world, to me is just incredible, and kind of mind boggling.
    It’s also been a great platform for my little garden business, which is thriving, and that’s partly due to others being kind enough to “re-tweet” or share on Facebook, the things I’m offering up. I’m so totally grateful for that.
    But like you, Bren, I also love to share all kinds of things. Not just things I’m selling, but eco-friendly tips, and the really cool things other gardeners/green think people are doing. The possibilities seem unlimited. : )

  9. Bren,
    I knew you had a good thing going on when I first met you. I didn’t realize that you were all the way into Martha Stewart radio and carrying on. That is just so awesome. So where does it go from here? Will you try for a guest space on HGTV?…lol.
    I know many folks get intimidated by those of us who try to push the limit, but your down home #gardenchat is a great way to remind them that even growng in buckets is better than not growing at all.
    Hope you got my care package of seeds okay.
    Dave

    • Dave, great to meet you at the #supersowsunday event and can’t wait to watch your seed grow in my garden. Thank you for sending me a wonderful collection of herbs. What NEXT? Well – I continue to do what I love ‘growing year-round’ and sharing it on #gardenchat. I will be taking #gardenchat live to many locations this summer so watch for that information with list of tweet-up parties!

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