A short history of the site.  There are many people that write about using plants and products of the Southwest.  A number of us have been writing about using Southwest plants since long (long!) before the electronic age. In books, magazines, newspaper columns etc.

Early History

In early September 2013, I (Jacqueline Soule) purchased the domain name for this .com site (Savor the SW) after a discussion with Carolyn Niethammer about forming a partnership to increase our readership and thus decrease the amount of work each of us had to do. (The idea was to have 4 folks and each of us do one week a month.) While non-techie me was trying to get the site set up, hosted, etc. Carolyn started on a free blogger site. I have been taught to respect my elders, so I “went along to get along.”

Part of the issue with this free site was that it did not allow individual writers to have their name featured as the author. It was a simple thing to fix but change was resisted by the others.

Savor Online

As time went by and we had group get-togethers, I kept urging the group to switch to the hosted Savor site so we could sell our books, art, and other products. I also tried to train the other writers to reduce image size to load faster, improve SEO, etc. Down through the years I paid for this .com domain name.  I also paid to host the site, and I and maintained a static page sending people to our free blogger site.

In 2018, I started building this SavortheSW.com site so we could sell our books and products (Muffin does some beautiful art). In a meeting where we sat and discussed the topic I convinced the others we could make it happen, that I could shift the site to the .com, keep our mailing list, et cetera.

I went home to “make it so,” only to discover that I could no longer log into the free site. The password was changed. I am greatly saddened by this break in what I had believed to be a friendly and mutually beneficial working relationship. Seriously saddened.


I do hope this note clarifies some questions people have about why there is now two sites with similar names.

We all (the current contributors) remain entirely willing to have the writers who are on the free site to publish on our the Savor the SW.com site.  We can also offer their art and books for sale if they wish. Whether they choose to or not is entirely up to them.

Dr. Jacqueline Soule, Editor

More about the current writers – here

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