Birdingblogs.com – the newest birdingblog!
The last two months I have been occupied with the idea of getting several people together to form a birding blogging team. I noticed it was hard to get a lot readers to my own blog unless I posted something every day. Also it would be difficult to provide top notch content every time one writes. The day simply has not enough hours for all I wanted to do. I looked at the amazing numbers of unique visitors ranging to several thousands per day on sites such as 10000birds and grrlscientist. It was clear that post frequency and good content together was the key to more visitors.
The key was to get together with others and this way spend less time in total to produce content and benefit from more readers. Turned out that I was not alone being disappointed that the countless hours put into blogs about birds. So I sent out a request to a bunch of bloggers and birders I admired to see if they were not interested in starting a new blog platform together with me. I was overwhelmed with the positive reactions.
To make a long story short. The strategy is to provide post that are:
- Interesting and useful to the readers
- Easy to read – not too loooong
- Have good photos – and plenty of them.
- Good geograpahic coverage
- Provide birding news
- inspiring to get more people into birding (and ultimately interested in conservation)
Add to the formula – well known people that travel a lot or just generally spend a lot of time in the field at different places and there should be plenty of interesting material. Look who has accepted to be part of BirdingBlogs and when they are to post.
Wednesday Oct 20 Gunnar Engblom (Peru)
Thursday Oct 21 Kenn Kaufman (US),
Friday Oct 22 Gyorgy Szimuly (Hungary),
Saturday Oct 23 Susan Myers (Australia)
Sunday: Oct 24 Dale Forbes (Austria)
Monday Oct 25 Tom McKinney (UK)
Tuesday Oct 26 Rich Hoyer (US),
Wednesday Oct 27 Jeff Gordon (US)
Thursday Oct 28 Rebecca Nason (UK)
Friday Oct 29 Dawn Fine (US)
Saturday Oct 30 Martin Garner (UK)
Pretty amazing crowd, huh? We hope we will get a lot of readers.
From Sunday Oct 31 – we will start the regular schedule with double posts in the weekdays (Tuesday-Friday).
Sundays: Dale Forbes
Mondays: Tom McKinney
Tuesdays: Rich Hoyer, Martin Garner (UK)
Wednesday: Jeff Gordon, Gunnar Engblom
Thursdays: Rebecca Nason, Kenn Kaufman
Fridays: Dawn Fine, Gyorgy Szimuly
Saturdays: Susan Myers
Multi author birding blogs are here to stay
We are not alone with the idea of a multi-author blog. At the same time NatureBlogNetwork have announced that the NBN blog shall have a number of new collaborators. Newly revived American Birding Association (ABA) has recently started a multi-author blog which has delivered some excellent posts the last couple of weeks. Our collaborator Jeff Gordon is now the new president of ABA – and will naturally also blog on ABA. There is bound to be interactions between us. 10000birds have also announced that their blogging platform shall include various new names.
This does not mean that competition is thickening, but that several sources have come to the same or similar conclusion: We need to join forces to be able to stand out and defend our birding areas from development. We also need to be better to reach out towards new birders to be. Popular and strong platforms can achieve this. When it comes to bird blogging it is a bit of a paradigm shift. To reach the audiences the serious birding blogger aspires, one needs to join forces with others.
We shall be here for you, and hope for many marvelous interactions with our readers. This is your blog as much as ours. We shall be a very strong crowd indeed!
Oh….there are a few lay out things that need some tweaking….but will get there very soon. Thanks for your patience.
UPDATE: We are sad, but understanding that Jeff Gordon is not able to continue blogging for us. The obligations with ABA simply became to cumbersome.
Photo credits: BarloVentoMagico on Flickr
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