I published my first Feathered Photography post on August 18, 2010 with a large amount of trepidation and no idea how long my blogging career would last or how it might evolve. In the beginning I only published sporadically several times per week but eventually I found that I was enjoying my new venture to the point that I decided to post daily and almost five years later I’m still at it.
Last week Feathered Photography hit the milestone of 3/4 of a million views which prompted me to wax nostalgic. I’ve been thinking about how my photography has changed my life for the better in retirement and how much blogging about my bird/nature photography passion has contributed to that enjoyment. And without viewers blogging would be meaningless so I’ve also been thinking about all of you. A lot.
To be sure my blogging experience hasn’t all been a bed of roses. “Technical issues” like malware and malicious attacks can be a huge headache and I learned early on that the choice of a competent web host is a vital one (thanks for nothing Network Solutions! – Bluehost and my good friend Mia to the rescue). Controversy or a nasty comment can be a downer that I just had to learn to deal with (thankfully that seldom occurs). And I make the occasional error in content or style of presentation that sometimes keeps me awake at night, just like it used to when I was teaching. I realize that I take such things much too seriously but like Popeye “I yam what I yam”.
Blogging has mostly been a joy for me and my readers are the primary reason for that. In the past month they’ve visited from 107 different countries and I get feedback from a fair number of them which I enjoy very much. But it’s my regular readers that typically make my day. Without an exception that I can think of you’re just nice folks and your comments make me think about a range of subjects as diverse as the birds of Australia and Portugal, the Lakota Sioux, endangered species, carving duck decoys, wildlife rehabilitation, barbed wire, bird behaviors, climate change and other environmental threats, photography equipment and technique, political controversies, wildlife photography locations and field ethics. I could go on as the list is endless.
And I learn so much from you. Many of you are knowledgeable in a wide variety of fields and you generously share your experiences and expertise with me and with others which I appreciate immensely. Learning is an endless joy and I come here for much of mine.
a hearty toast to my readers from the source of Feathered Photography – Cheers! You made it all happen and I couldn’t be more grateful.
Like a familiar pub where one feels comfortable with old friends I feel at home at Feathered Photography and you’re the reason why. These words come to mind:
“Sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name. And they’re always glad you came”.