Blogs can be fickle things, as fickle as birds in their own way. Birds might disdain that new feeder, discard more expensive seed, avoid a species-specific bird house, or simply be nowhere to be found, even though the habitat is perfect, the time of year is appropriate, and the range is smack-dab in the right spot. As birders, we have to learn to go with it.
As for blogs, the greatest plans can go awry as well. We may plan to start special features, hope to do exciting giveaways, schedule travel reviews, and more, but time, life, and duties get away from us. Or rather, I ought to say, get away from me, for I’m a one-woman show with this blog. And not just the blog… There is a life beyond birding as well. I’m a full-time freelance writer with a full stable of clients (though new ones are always welcome!), plus all the other parts of life that need attending to – family, housework, cooking, errands, contractors, laundry, volunteer work, and what little “fun” time I can spare for crafts, reading, and other hobbies. There is regular travel, the occasional hurricane emergency, social obligations, and more, and, like being a birder, I have to learn to go with it.
I hope you don’t mind, and I hope you will go with it as well if I occasionally can’t quite get a new feature up and running right on time, or if a featured bird flies away, or if a random error creeps in now and then (my editor isn’t always on the top of her game – but remember, I’m a one-woman show, so you figure out who that is). Any comments, feedback, and suggestions are always welcome, of course, and I hope you’ll keep checking in – I never quite know where my flights will lead or what birds will fly by next, so you never know what surprises may be in store for us all. Happy birding!
I understand Melissa. I love reading your articles.