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By hywel

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Seeing that GoY is not and never will be looked after properly, why don’t you all join another site.
In that way you’ll still be in touch with each other and maybe find some new friends too.

I belong to two other garden sites and I enjoy them as much as I enjoy GoY (or USED TO enjoy it !)
One is called Garden Friends and the other is called Gardeners corner.
There are some very friendly people on them and I look at both every day.

Actually I know of two other GoY members who belong to Garden Friends and another who belongs to Gardeners Corner, as well as myself, although they don’t visit those sites often (I can’t understand why)

Of course the other sites haven’t got the same layout as GoY, and you’ll have to take time and have patience until you get used to them,
but you can still show your plants and write blogs, and both sites are run better (and looked after better) than this one.

However, if you’d rather continue with a broken down website which is probably going to get worse, and writing to some admin chap who couldn’t care less about you, that’s up to you, but I don’t see the point, it’s nothing but a hasstle.

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Thanks Hywel, I've just mentioned on the other post that I can't find a site that I can use, I will certainly check out these ones out....

5 Mar, 2022

 

Don't expect them to be like GoY Sue, they are both different, and different from each other as well, but when you get used to them they are as enjoyable as GoY.
If you look for me you won't find me with the same username as on here :D

Garden Friends is rather quiet Sue but very nice to belong to
and Gardeners corner can be quite busy but I enjoy it.

5 Mar, 2022

 

Thanks Hywel I'll check both sites.

5 Mar, 2022

 

You joined Gardeners corner several years ago Julia, I saw your name in the list of members.
So that's two Goy members already on there other than me :)

5 Mar, 2022

 

Yes,I did....how many years ago,I don't know...I'll check it out.Who is the other member, Hywel?

5 Mar, 2022

 

It's Meanie but I haven't seen him on here for a while. He posts on Gardeners Corner sometimes.

5 Mar, 2022

 

Ah,yes I remember....was wondering where Terra and Linda have gone.

5 Mar, 2022

 

Linda still posts on here and she's one of my friends on facebook.
Terra is also one of my friends on facebook, as is Waddy.
But I don't bother much with it, I don't like it. I prefer the garden websites, I find them friendlier.

5 Mar, 2022

 

Thanks very much for the tip(s) Hywel - I will check out the sites :)

5 Mar, 2022

 

I did see Ladybug on one of them Hywel, I assumed that is the one who used to be on here, I will have a proper look later, new things do take time to get used to, I kept an eye on Goy for nearly a year before I actually plucked up the nerve to participate...

5 Mar, 2022

 

I don't remember Ladybug on here Sue but my memory isn't very good.
If you join G F you'll have me for company :) only a few members use that site now and it's a shame.
And if Seaburngirl and Spritzhenry come back to it you'll have more company :)

5 Mar, 2022

 

I peaked at Gardeners Corner forum and noticed a garden pictures of Owdboggy garden (going under different name there).
Seems very friendly and chatty site. I actually think that its format is more common nowdays. Similar to one local forum here . GOY is very unique .

5 Mar, 2022

 

Thanks for the info, Hywel.

5 Mar, 2022

 

Hywel I have been accepted on Gardeners Corner but can't for the life of me introduce myself, lol, might have to just hover for a while, I did discover how easy it is to load photo's, you'll have to tell me your name, I stayed as Lincslass, if pm's are not working on here you can use FB .Now off for another look at GF.....

5 Mar, 2022

 

Hywel, I've had a quick look at Gardener's corner and it does seem much more 'techi' than GOY...I see you can upload videos is that right? Will have a better look tomorrow.....the organisers seem to be hands on too.

5 Mar, 2022

 

Hurrah ! It will be nice to see you both on GC ... and you'll still be able to use GoY (when it works !)

Julia it isn't very 'techi' because I can use it ! although I found it a bit complicated at first, like driving, you think you need 10 hands lol, but after a while it becomes second nature.
You haven't got to look at all the threads, I have a few favourite ones I keep to.
You can upload videos but I don't know how to do it. I just show ordinary photos, and they don't need resizing either.
The staff are always there so you don't have to flagg inappropriate posts and wait for an inadequate somebody to delete them whenever he feels like. It's much safer than GoY.

Sue there's a thread for new members to introduce themselves. If you click where it says 'Go To Forums' it will take you to the main page and you'll find it there. That's the page I always go to, I never look at the 'Home' page.
You'll soon get used to it.
I am called 'Michael Hewett' lol ... he was one of my Devonshire ancestors. I think most members think it's my real name, they keep calling me 'Mike' :D

5 Mar, 2022

 

Thank you,Hywel..
I have been accepted!!Not using 'Meadowland '..
'Poolside' is my new name..
don't ask me why other than I have a pool!!!
Tomorrow or Monday I will have a look around the site..I wont leave Goy unless it becomes totally impractical. Thank you for all the tips..see you there.

5 Mar, 2022

 

Thanks Hywel, now I know who to look for..

5 Mar, 2022

 

Go to the Forums page Julia, that's where I always look, you'll see all the threads and a list of latest comments. When you comment on something you'll have a prompt if someone else comments after you, or if someone mentions your name. They're called 'Alerts' . You'll soon get the hang of it :)

See you there soon Sue x

5 Mar, 2022

 

I'll look out for you M'land, I'M staying here as well, not giving up hope......

5 Mar, 2022

 

OK,Lincsx

5 Mar, 2022

 

I looked in again on GF and said hi to you Lincs. I'm just Seaburn on there. Cant remember how to load photos though.
also it does have a plants list that you can put all your info.

I will stay on GoY til it dies but I will look at GF too.

6 Mar, 2022

 

Just tried signing up for Gardeners Corner but "some fields contain unexpected data" so giving up for the moment. I suspect it's the date field.

I'll try once more with another Browser and maybe change my DOB so I have two digits in the day space

See you later, maybe

A bit later, back again, it worked using Opera, just awaiting admin approval now

6 Mar, 2022

 

I am going to have a look at both of these sites Hywel, so I will decide what to do when I have done that.

6 Mar, 2022

 

Yes so am I - if it means we can all stay together it will be worth it. Thank you Hywel very much.

6 Mar, 2022

 

Hywel, I have not looked in on GoY for a while as have been unwell, much better now, thank goodness. I shall do as others have said and will look at both gardening sites for a while before deciding to join. I will keep my GoY account, but have already listed all of my garden plants from my page into a book, in the event GoY vanishes without warning!

Thanks so much for this blog . . . :o) x

6 Mar, 2022

 

You will all be glad you joined I'm sure, and you'll still be able to meet on GoY as well, as long as it continues to work.

There's much more on Gardeners Corner than there is on here and you can choose which threads to follow. There are some friendly people on there too and you can often have a laugh with them.
You will have to keep at it though because you 'll probably take a while to get used to it, like I did, but it's worth persevering.

Garden Friend is quieter, but very friendly.

I hope GoY continues to plod on because it won't be the same without it, but it seems there's nobody to 'look after' it

6 Mar, 2022

 

Hi Shirley, I'm glad you're feeling better x

6 Mar, 2022

 

Update, all cleared and now on Gardeners Corner, just poking around and mocching for the moment until I get the feel of it

I'm under "farway" name, it's the village my Devon ancestors came from

6 Mar, 2022

 

Thanks Hywel ... I have kept this blog in my favourites.

6 Mar, 2022

 

That's great Shirley :)

You have Devon ancestors Grandad gardener, I also have Devon ancestors - my maternal grandfather, but from the north around Barnstaple/Bideford areas.
On Gardeners Corner my name is 'Michael Hewett' and he was one of my Devonshire ancestors ... don't know why I chose that name, probably because I don't like my own lol

6 Mar, 2022

 

Thanks for all your help over the last 18 months, everyone. It's been great to make new friends, but I have decided to leave. I'll look at the other sites, thank you Hywel.

6 Mar, 2022

 

Hiya everybody, I think thats absolutely brilliant, one of my main concerns with losing Goy besides all the blogs, was the thought of losing contact with people who although I've never met I've had as friends from the beginning...I've added this blog to my favs so I know peoples names..
Seaburn I have the same intention, I'm in it for the long haul, still hoping it suddenly rights itself..
Shirley you've been missed, so pleased you are better now...xx

6 Mar, 2022

 

Anget please don't close your account, we're still hoping it suddenly goes right again, let us know what name you use on the other sites..xx

6 Mar, 2022

 

I'm sorry you are leaving Anget, and hope to meet you on one of the other sites.
I'm not leaving, I don't see the point in that, but these days I do tend to look more at the other two sites I belong to.

6 Mar, 2022

 

I'll have a look at those two sites you mention, Hywel. I don#t visit GoY as much as I used to or write blogs like I used to because of all my time monitoring on Flickr. Nevertheless I'll stick around on GoY until it finally goes west.

I copied all my blogs into a WordPress account a couple of years ago but haven't updated it in the better part of a year now.

But I will lose all my photos the same day that GoY goes to the "Great Compost Heap" in the sky for gardening websites! Already several of my old gardening sites reside there! 😪

6 Mar, 2022

 

"Garden clickers" was started by a lovely lady who sadly has now passed away but is still run by two members, Friendly and would welcome new members I am sure .

6 Mar, 2022

 

What a shame Ang...I remember your first comment asking me how to do various things on here...I'm persevering until that fatal day arrives..it has been good to know youx

6 Mar, 2022

 

Don't leave us Anget - not yet!
We will miss you.
xx

6 Mar, 2022

 

Hywel how do I actually join Gardeners Corner? I have looked but obviously not in the right place?!

6 Mar, 2022

 

On the home page you should see a blue square saying 'Sign Up' it's on the right side of the screen. Click on that and you can then fill in your name and a password. That's it ...

6 Mar, 2022

 

Ange, please don’t leave at the moment..hold on a bit and see if things resolve. It’d be a pity to have you go, we’d miss your lovely quick wit and banter - oh, and the pics of your lovely garden too.

6 Mar, 2022

 

Thanks Hywel, I’ll give the sites a go, this pm….see you on the other side hopefully 🤞

6 Mar, 2022

 

I will definitely miss you Anget. Your plants , garden and your wit. Take care and it would be nice if you could "keep in touch."

6 Mar, 2022

 

Joined Garden's corner yesterday..it's quite different from GOY..Hywel has been a great help because I was losing my way around it! Not quite au fait with it now but will persevere. Just to say I'm not leaving GOY.

6 Mar, 2022

 

Don't give up yet Anget! Have a look at the other sites but don't delete this one as you never know, it might sort itself out!
You will be missed!

6 Mar, 2022

 

Just joined Gardeners Corner, awaiting confirmation! I’ll be sticking with GoY too! I’m Kate123 as I am on here x

6 Mar, 2022

 

I shall look for you Kate ... My name is 'Michael Hewett' lol
I'll still be looking in here.

Keep at it Julia, it took me a while to get used to GC but you get used to it in time.
There's much more on it than GoY.

6 Mar, 2022

 

Thanks Hywel, I’m a member now, but, one thing…I can’t seem to upload a photo/avatar? Any advice? Thank you 😊

6 Mar, 2022

 

Great Kate, ooh that rhymes!!
I'm using name 'Poolside' See you there...you will receive a welcoming, helpful email from them,explaining how to work it!!

6 Mar, 2022

 

This is a full time job for you,Hywel...what would we do without youx

6 Mar, 2022

 

Kate, on the top right of the page you will see your name, Click on it,
It will take you to your 'Personal Details' page

You can add an avatar there by clicking on the 'avatar' box and follow the instructions.

6 Mar, 2022

 

lol ... yes it is Julia, but as long as it gets you started it's fine :)

6 Mar, 2022

 

Thanks Julia! I just saw Hywel’s alter ego while I was navigating the site. I’m struggling a bit…can’t upload an avatar. I’ll have to keep trying 😬

6 Mar, 2022

 

Oh thank you, Hywel! Appreciate your help. It all looks very in-depth, lots and lots going on too! It’s definitely your forté 👍

6 Mar, 2022

 

“Broken down; going to get worse;who couldn’t care less about you” Hey Hywel ....how did you get to know so much about my current situation? :( As for myself, having so much in common with GOY I find no reason to travel off to enlarge my capacities.

6 Mar, 2022

 

It's not so in depth that I can't understand it Kate haha, so you'll soon get into it, it becomes easy after a while. It's just like everything else new, takes time and patience.

It a personal choice Loosestrife, I belong to three garden sites :)

6 Mar, 2022

 

I agree Kate.
A lot to take in,but worth persevering.

6 Mar, 2022

 

Many thanks Hywel I have joined ( just about!) as Daisychain 4!!
My mum’s name was Daisy.

6 Mar, 2022

 

I've joined both of them, will get used to them eventually.
Loosestrife we're ensuring we can still keep in touch if Goy goes , some of us have been friends ever since Goy started, thats a lot of years and not everybody likes FB..we don't intend leaving here, I personally still think its the best and easiest one to use WHEN its working properly, we cannot sort it out ourselves and have no contact now with the people who can....

7 Mar, 2022

 

60 comments on this blog ! I think that's the most I've had on any blog lol :D
61 now ha ...

7 Mar, 2022

 

I think it may just be the biggest blog, Hywel!
I'm on Gardener's Corner now as Kate123.
I'm sticking with GoY too.
I'll look at the other site also after work today.
I've had a reply from Dave as you all may have done too.

7 Mar, 2022

 

Pleased and relieved to say I received one as well, answered him and told him we're not giving up, now we just have to wait and hope its not too long before we get back to normal, n the meantime I will learn my way around the other sites as well...
You are a gem Hywel, I know I have my gardening groups on FB and I do enjoy them and have many like minded friends but I wouldn't have known where to go otherwise, plus I'm not brave venturing out on my own.....

7 Mar, 2022

 

I find I'm looking less and less at GoY these days, I honestly prefer the other two sights.

7 Mar, 2022

 

Oh Ange no! That is terrible news … if you really mean it I will miss you very much. I’m sad now 😟.

8 Mar, 2022

 

Thanks for your kind comments! I need to transfer information from here before I go, particularly with my plant lists. I like the format of this site but I'm nervous about what might disappear next! I'd love to keep in touch with you all - must stir myself to do something about joinig the other site(s). Definitely feeling lethargic at the moment..

9 Mar, 2022

 

In your above comment Ange you refer to the members of GoY as your "new friends"
Why would you want to leave your "friends" ?
It seems to me we are not your friends at all ... people stand by their friends.

9 Mar, 2022

 

Ouch! Message received, Hywel!

9 Mar, 2022

 

I've signed up to both sites & made a couple of posts on each.

Like others, I will continue with GoY until it packs up & joins the "Great Compost Heap" in sky for dead gardening sites!

This must be one of the longest blogs ever on GoY! Let's keep it up & see if we can get to a "century" of replies! 😂

10 Mar, 2022

 

Its certainly the longest for a very long while David, I check every day to see if I can upload some photo's but even resized ones still won't upload. at the moment... Do you know if we add GC as an app on our mobiles, if so is it possible to upload pics without adding to laptop first, I cannot for the life of me add a question, it keeps giving me the error box, DUH!!!!
I want my goy back properly, I'm either too thick to learn or too biddy old to get my head around all of it, otherwise I quite like it..Not yet tried GF properly, in the first place I joined the wrong one, its an american one, I did laugh when I realised....

I also tried the one Jennh recommended but blowed if I can get past the Captcha, without that I'm stuck, might send Jennh a pm to see if she can help with that, M'land had the same problem....quite liked the look of that particular one...

10 Mar, 2022

 

Lincs,if you google GC and click on the main website....there will be a list of options on the top right.(the 3 dots symbol)One is 'save to home screen'...click that and the widget for GC will appear on your screen...hope I've explained clearly.

10 Mar, 2022

 

Thanks M'land, I am still persevering...

10 Mar, 2022

 

🙂

11 Mar, 2022

 

I spent a few hours on GF yesterday reading Victoria's blogs & uploading photos, which upload much, much faster than they ever did on GoY! I even uploaded 7 photos all at the same time! There doesn't seem to be any restrictions on the number or size of photos you can upload! This left me quite surprised! Just goes to show how much GoY has become antiquated!

Nevertheless, I shan't stop coming on here while it still works. I much prefer the "antiquated" format of GoY to these new message boards!

Now if GoY's format could be transferred somehow to a modern message board & properly maintained we would no doubt get a great many more people joining us here! (Just thinking out loud/dreaming of what could be!)

12 Mar, 2022

 

Looks like the goy site’s old arthritic fingers are being used to pick up a shiny new coin.

12 Mar, 2022

 

Hi, I will have a look at the other sites too and if I join will keep the same name if possible, thought I would say comment also to the most commented on blog 😊 ps I note a couple of you said you had a reply from GOY admin what was the feedback please

23 Mar, 2022

 

Hi I have received a reply from Dave this morning

23 Mar, 2022

 

I kept to my name as well Daylily....Are we any further forward in getting Goy fixed ????

23 Mar, 2022

 

L'strife my old fingers would rather stay here but we have to move on with the times, friendly people on the other sites, I'm not denying that but I like the blogging way we are all used to on here....

23 Mar, 2022

 

Hi Lincs he said that the site doesn't have any tech team any more so he has asked for help but they are very busy therefore GOY is not a priority so looks like we have to wait :-/

23 Mar, 2022

 

Feels like I am on the deck of the Titanic.....come to think of it.....I always felt sorry for those passengers on the Titanic who skipped dessert.

23 Mar, 2022

 

Daylily same answer we all received, no further forward then....Oh well guess we just have to keep up our descriptive writing....Trouble is half the blogs don't make any sense unless you have managed to see the photo's before they disappear..

23 Mar, 2022

 

L'strife yesterday I felt as though I'd already been tipped off without a lifeboat, lol....

23 Mar, 2022

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