Keeping records of what I've planted, where and when, has always been a challenge for me. Notepads and books get lost, or aren't with me when I need them. You know what it's like.
So, I've used Wordpress to make my Gardening Journal. The automated categories and tags in Wordpress make it a lot more useful than a paper journal. The trick is in working out what categories and tags to use and how.
Photos and links to other sites bring online journals into a class of their own. Being able to share news about my plants and garden by email or on social media are a bonus.
Another advantage is that I can access it anywhere, so when I'm at the garden centre, I can check the plants I already have, and my wishlist, on my phone.
This short course will help you work out the best solution to support and record your gardening.
Include your youtube videos and share them with your friends.
Why not use Facebook, Ning, Instagram etc instead?
All these services are designed to use your content to build their business. That's fine while it works but all your hard work can disappear when they decide to shut up shop or change the service because it isn't profitable for them - remember Geocities, Homestead, and more recently Google+.
But with your own website, you're in control. You control the content, you have copies of your photos and words. You can download from one host and upload to another, you can change the theme on your WordPress site to give it a fresh look while all your content remains intact.
By all means, share your posts and photos on social media but do it as an add on, not as your only record. All you risk then losing is the comments.