April 1st marks the sixth anniversary of The Zen Birdfeeder blog. And while my posts have slowed somewhat because of work demands, I just can't seem to retire from blogging.
About a month ago, I came close. I was thinking about why I do this and who I'm doing it for. Would The Zen Birdfeeder be missed in any way whatsoever if I just stopped writing? I came to the conclusion that I might just let Zen fade away into cyberspace.
I was going through a period when I was just not finding the motivation or the inspiration to keep the blog going. Running a retail business is time consuming enough without adding the demands of social media. A post or two a day on Facebook is not quite as demanding as writing a blog post 3 or 4 times a week. 98% of what you read on this blog and 99% of the images are mine and mine alone. If I don't get behind the camera and if I don't write, nothing happens here. And these days, an individual publishing a bird blog qualifies as a rare bird alert.
In his assessment of "The State of the Bird Blogosphere", Corey Finger of 10,000 Birds remarks, "There has been an acceleration...to group blogging and blogs with an institution behind them."
The Zen Birdfeeder is one of only 3 individually-written bird blogs among the Top 10 on the Nature Blog Network. Corey was right when he referred to this endeavor as a "labor of love", and that "it is nearly impossible for an individual to keep up with the amount of content a group can generate and a single voice gets lonely compared to the chorus that a group can provide." I bet they wish I'd just go away with my stories of chickadees and titmice and blue jays and leave the bird blogging for the "serious" birders.
But I love the niche I write for - folks passionate about the birds but who love seeing birds right in their own yard. Folks who don't consider themselves serious "birders", but are serious "birdwatchers". I love representing that niche!
And the birds keep me going. I love watching birds. Not "seeing" birds, but "watching" birds. I love observing little things about them and then sharing those little things on this blog. I'm not a scientist, I don't necessarily know all the whys behind the things birds do, but I enjoy watching them and think you do too.
So I'll continue on. I'll snoop on a chickadee preening itself deep in my rhododendren, try to take some photographs of it, and then share it with you. Little things, just like that. I hope you continue to enjoy what I share and that in return, you'll share your thoughts with me.
Thanks for being here since April 2007!