Blotanical. A clever mix of blog and botanical (er, right?). Here I am finding a whole bunch of awesome gardening blogs and meeting a whole bunch of awesome gardening peoples (I like the words peoples. Don’t ask me why, I don’t know), and learning a whole bunch of gardening ideas, tips, tricks and stuff.
The points system is set up pretty well to give folks an incentive to visit other’s blogs, leave comments, pick good posts and even log in. The whole set up is actually well done, though being able to view people’s plots from “Picks” list pages would be handy. I have a hard time adding people’s blogs to my favorites when I find them through the Picks system. Same with the “Most Favorited Blogs” page. But over all, a minor frustration. From a graphic/web designer’s viewpoint, the page isn’t so zen/feng shui on my 1680 wide screen, but that’s not even a frustration, just a matter of aesthetics. No annoying flashing, easy on the eyes colors. I think you can join without a blog, to participate as a member, but I’m not sure on that. A forum might be nice, but I don’t know if it would add to or take away from the community-ness of it all.