|Hello! Can you see me? Life can feel like a giant glitter ball sometimes|
|That's better, now you can see me properly|
I'm a freelance writer, distance carer and subversive soprano from Chippenham, Wiltshire.
Previously I've been a student (twice - mature and immature), a very uncivil civil servant, scientist, project manager, charity worker (science, events management and education), business analyst and a freshwater biologist. All of that gives me the perfect background for life as a blogger.
When I set up Veg Plotting, I fully intended it to be about my allotment. However, I soon realised too many other things were crowding in which I needed to talk about, so my plot now forms my place of inspiration as well as providing some of the subject matter.
I'm lucky blogging gave me the opportunity to be a freelance writer, and I find it's a great way to learn my craft. I blog for Gabriel Ash and Reader's Digest, plus I look after Connect Group plc's Community blog. I also look after social media for the Garden Media Guild and the online PR for West Green House Garden. I've been in print with The Guardian, The Independent and various local and specialist magazines.
Here's the full list of my Published Articles to Date, or you can go directly to a specific part of my writing via the My Other Scribblings links in the sidebar on the left.
|It's always nice to have a bit of special blog bling:|
Here's a little something from the Garden Media Guild; also awarded in 2012, 2013 & 2014
Here's a little bit more about me and my loved ones...
|The elusive NAH |
aka Non-allotmenteering Husband
No-one in particular gave me a love of the soil at an early age, though I did end up studying Agricultural and Environmental Science for my first degree, where amongst other things we looked at soil and its formation in great detail.
I finally got the gardening bug when we moved to our current home in 1999 owing to the challenge of a 15 x 15 metre plot on a 1 in 10 slope with a limestone-clay soil. I feel I've returned to the inspiration of those early studies.
Some further introductory information you might like to read:
|Skimble & Jess|
- Meet and Greet - a very quick introduction I wrote for 2012's BlogCamp
- See more about my garden and allotment on their dedicated page
- How and why I came into blogging; plus a quick blog tour around the key features if you're unfamiliar with blogs; and my Glossary page for all the abbreviations (e.g. NAH) I use
- The story behind the name of Veg Plotting and VP
- All about my profile picture at the top of the page, which is also my avatar across the web
- My New Life's Resolutions: the four guiding principles which form my life's framework
- Where I'm Veg Plotting: an introduction to Chippenham and the surrounding area
- Finally, not forgetting my very special garden helpers, Skimble and Jess
And now for my blogging philosophy...
I love your comments, especially when this triggers a conversation. If you have problems in leaving a comment, please do get in touch via vegplotting at gmail dot com or the contact form at the bottom of this page, so I can get things sorted.
Your questions are welcome and I'll answer them in the comments, though sometimes they'll deserve a post of their own. You might like to see what I wrote about the information given in blogs and my approach to answering questions.
As well as talking about my own experiences, I like to provide links to good quality information should you wish to know more.
Nearly all the photos you see are taken by me especially for the blog and are my copyright. Photos in the few guest posts I have are usually supplied by the guest blogger, are credited to them and are their copyright. There's a handful sourced via Wikimedia; in these instances the source and the photographer are credited.
I have a limited amount of sidebar advertising and post sponsorship. They cover my blogging costs and they haven't stopped my independence. This also applies to anything I get to review - I'll tell you if it's good or bad. I wrote a blog post about how I aim to Blog with Integrity if you'd like to know more.
If you'd like to get in touch, you can reach me through: vegplotting at gmail dot com, or the contact form at the bottom of this page.
Now dive into the blog and enjoy yourself!