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Why is RnS Moving to

Google had brought out an algorithm update in May 2017. With previous updates like Panda or Penguin, Mr G had penalized blogs or websites with low quality content and those more focused on aggressive adverts (including multiple ads or pop-up ads in articles). However, many blogs/websites that weren't shady got penalized beyond recovery too and a lot of people lost their income. The May 2017 update has had wide-scale effect on blogs and websites, but without any explanation from Mr G as to why or what it does. RnS has been hit by it too and hard. RnS organic search stats (i.e. users from Google) have dropped by 75% since. Even though RnS is not a source of income, I tried to figure out why RnS is being culled. It seems that it doesn't really have anything to do with RnS per se, but likely because RnS is FREE and not paying for page ranking (via AdWords or Ad Ranking). Now it is likely being aggressively shoved to lower page rankings to accommodate the paid ads.

I cannot rely on Mr G anymore to get RnS' content where it is needed. So I am busy moving RnS to Wordpress where you can find me as Whisker Flowers @

I am also imposing 301 redirects from already moved posts and pages!

- The Shroom - (AKA Whisker Flowers)

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Please Note: This Page has move to my New Blog over at Wordpress!

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  1. Hey, I found your blog while doing some research for a geography assignment I have on soils. I would like to use a picture from your blog but I need to reference it. To do so, I need your name and the date you last edited the post about Soil profiles. Can you please email it to me at ? This is super important. Thanks.

  2. You are more than welcome to use my pictures and I can quickly whip up a citation for you :)

    The Shroom. 2013. Soil Profile, pp. Soil: Profiles & Maintenance in Roots 'n' Shoots, Roodepoort, South Africa.

    So the format here is [Author. Date. Image name, pp. Blog Page in Page URL. Blog Name. City, Country.] for fine-tuning. The page was last edited on 18 Sep 2013.

    Hope this helps and good luck with your project! :)

  3. Thank you so very much! :) Your site definitely helps a lot!

  4. Hi
    I'm an enthusiastic gardener and blog about growing my own food at Found you while looking for articles about perennial vegetables (want to grow more of those). Thanks for the information about gardening zones. I think I'm in 7 AUS/14US by your reckoning.

  5. Welcome Damaria! I am glad that fellow SA gardeners are stumbling upon my blog! Please feel free to browse the information here, for a quick reference check my Index & Info Page.

    I wanted to comment on your blog as well reading about your inspirational food garden journey :) but I have had problems with Google + in the past, so I don't want to start that up again ;) I hope you will join me here on a regular basis as I will be following your progress closely as well!

    Good luck with all your veg endeavours!!!

  6. HI there - what a fascinating and comprehensive gardening site and blog ! Came across it when 'googling' my new web page and came across your feature/article and research into Lunar planting - and see you're experimenting with Maria Thun's method - Biodynamic method. I personally believe that method works better for cooler climes - like in the Northern Hemisphere - but not great for SA. Do have a look at my now updated web page - and I also produce an annual poster Moon calendar set for South africa -called Moonlight Calendar - my experience and feedback from other uses say this 'method' of lunar gardening is simplier. Btw: One of the benefits of lunar gardening that it sets up a rhythm for gardening activities and actually makes gardening easier.
    I'll keep on following your blogs. Good luck with your fruit/veg gardens
    regards Ilona

  7. Hey hey! Thanx for dropping by and leaving a comment! I was wondering the other day where The Gardener Magazine got its Moon Calendar from ;) Sadly I don't buy The Gardener anymore - not enough info on edibles!

    I am very glad that you lead me to your Lunar Calendar, I could always do a little experimenting myself with the two calendar options ... On that note, I see you post through regular mail, it there any other delivery options considering the stagnant state of the SA Post Office (or do you perhaps supply a digital version)?

    I will be adding your Calendar as an additional option for my readers to my recent Lunar Gardening post as well!

    Thanx again for stopping by! Please enjoy the rest of my blog's content and I hope your garden will be bursting at its seams this coming season! :)

  8. Greetings O'Shroom! Found you on EcoFootprint's page (Dani) ... super to hear you are in my Jozi neighbourhood - I'm busy establashing a little garden here -while planning greater things for my farm in Riversdale, close(ish) to Dani - I must start blogging too. Thanks for all the articles - I'm yet to get to them - but I'm sure they'll be awesome!

  9. Hey hey! Welcome, welcome!

    Wow - gardening in two different climatic regions is going to be quite the adventure! Would love to read up on all your gardening effort if you do decide to start blogging about it.

    Thanx for stopping by and enjoy the content! ;)

  10. HI there, Nice to see a South African blogging on "homesteading" and shrooms.....I have a mushy I'd like help identifying? If you can help me, that would be wonderful, but ho do I post an image?

  11. Hey hey! Glad you found me!

    You can post the picture to twitter or direct message me there @
    If you are interested there is a book on SA mushrooms: Mushrooms of South Africa by Marieka Gryzenhout (2010) from Struik Nature.


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