Multi-author birding blog launched

Birders at Hato Piñero Venezuela. Barlo Vento

by Gunnar on October 20, 2010 · 32 comments

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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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{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

Mike October 20, 2010 at 11:20 am

Terrific! You’ve assembled a killer lineup, Gunnar. I for one will be following this blog avidly.

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Melissa C. October 20, 2010 at 11:42 am

Fantastic! I look forward to reading birdingblogs.com. Congrats on the launch.

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Dawn October 20, 2010 at 1:38 pm

The new Birding Blog on the Block!

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gwendolen October 20, 2010 at 2:09 pm

Good luck guys!

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Pwill0120 October 20, 2010 at 3:45 pm

This looks great. Looking forward to reading some great information from the contributors.

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AndysLens October 20, 2010 at 5:21 pm

So many blogs so little time. I’ll stop by.

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Gunnar Engblom November 3, 2010 at 10:55 pm

The idea is that you will be served everything here….so no need to go anywhere else (hahaha!). Well, not really…but there shall always be fresh material, as well as a way to go back and read particular subjects….still tweaking with the final format.

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Peter Jones October 20, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Nice idea and hope it works out..

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Gunnar Engblom October 21, 2010 at 12:37 am

Thanks everyone for the responses. This will be an awesome journey.

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Tyto Tony October 21, 2010 at 12:38 am

Will watch with interest. Good luck.

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Crystelle October 21, 2010 at 3:59 pm

Well done and good luck! Crystelle
PS. check this out: http://birdcalendar2011.blogspot.com/

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Garry Bagnell October 26, 2010 at 9:22 pm

This should be a terrific webiste. I will add to my favorites immediatley.

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Andy Pat. November 3, 2010 at 6:02 pm

Great stuff. I shall look forward to reading postings with interest.

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Matt November 6, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Great blog. I look forward to following along. In 2011 I am doing a big year. My blog is 716birds.com, I’ll add a link to here. Perhaps I can share updates as i travel with you folks as well.

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Dean Eades November 12, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Yes great stuff Gunnar, keep it coming

http://www.BirdMad.com

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Mark Tasker November 14, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Gannar, all
Looking forward to following your trails. Might just make p for the sad loss of Reservoir Cats….

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Gunnar Engblom November 16, 2010 at 7:21 pm

Thanks Mark, hope all is well with you.

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Terry Townshend December 7, 2010 at 5:50 am

Fantastic innovation and a great read. Top quality line-up but how about getting more collaborators from Asia?

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Gunnar Engblom December 7, 2010 at 6:04 am

Thanks for the comment Terry. We want more Asia (and Africa)
contributors… (but so far not found the right person)…But in any
case from later this month we shall be adding guestbloggers every so
often. From those participating as guest bloggers we shall get a few
more poeple and expand the number of scheduled bloggers to reach a
total number of 14-15 people in the end.
Anyone can become a guestblogger on Birdingblogs.com.

Gunnar Engblom-Lima, Peru.
Gunnar’s Blog – updated frequently.
http://www.kolibriexpeditions.com/birdingperu/blog/
Follow me on http://www.twitter.com/kolibrix
http://www.facebook.com/Gunnar.Engblom/

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Gunnar Engblom December 25, 2010 at 10:28 pm

Simon
Your post was blocked for a while as containing too many links, which triggered the spam filter for comments.
Your absolutely right. It is hard to put it all in the blog post. Blogposts ought to be short enough so people can scan through it in a couple of minutes, but invite to further reading and in-depth information. The right balance is a hard one to find.
You are doing great job with wild-diaries and bird-o.com

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Anonymous March 25, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Multi-author blogs are the way to go. There’s going to be a definite uptick in the quality and the frequency of your updates. We’ve been collaborating over at The Green Ogre (http://thegreenogre.blogspot.com) for over six months now, and the results are satisfying. Competing with collaborators is a good thing!
(PS: Does this also mean that your posts are peer-edited?)

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Usha April 19, 2011 at 12:16 pm

It was A nice Center

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josé Francisco Teixeira June 26, 2011 at 3:09 am

dest bildefor ai love birds naturelis ai estundt’s gestãó Ambiental .
gostaria se possivél de publicar em meu blog  sonhos-sonhosquesesonham.blogspot.com
sou gestor Ambiental recém formado

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Andy Paterson July 4, 2011 at 6:40 pm

Hi, I like the majority of blogs but dislike the constant product pushing (Swarovski) and have therefore unsubscribed.

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Pedro November 28, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Interested
in birds? Check out the Birds of the World blog, where you can learn something
about a different bird everyday!

http://www.planetbirds.blogspot.com

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Terry e December 5, 2011 at 5:54 pm

Thought about subscribing but couldn’t see (ahead of signing up) any idea of subscription cost. Wouldn’t that be helpful? As would a ‘search’ facility to let you look for a specific bird or place you might be seeking/going to.

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Anonymous June 6, 2012 at 1:34 pm

This is the only contact form I could find on Birdingblogs website or your Facebook page; it’s not really the right one  for my purpose. I am a member of “Top Birding Blogs” (no contact info there either!) but show no visitors, none, since Jan 12.  What happened??

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Sylfredb August 19, 2012 at 4:16 pm

sir. i have this bird i save in the pass storm . what kind of this bird pls. see in my facebook picture sylfredb@yahoo.com

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Best Binocular Reviews September 24, 2012 at 2:42 pm

What an excellent concept and to start with such a diverse and knowledgeable group of writers as you have is brilliant.

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Catarina Fagundes October 9, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Good idea! It sure is much more interesting than reading news papers with only sad news! 😉

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