Posts Tagged ‘ten year’

Ten years ago, my wife and bother both laid out reasons for why they each thought I should start writing a blog. Well, when both of these people think something is a good idea, I am smart enough to listen. So, on April 7, 2012 with a post about Swainson’s Hawks returning to their breeding grounds in Central California, the A Birding Naturalist blog was born. And I kept going and have now been writing this blog for a full decade!

For those ten years, this blog has been with me through it all. Over that span of time I conducted graduate work completing two Master’s Degrees from the University of California, Davis, my wife and I moved from Davis CA to West Sacramento CA, my wife and I bought a home, I became a dad, my wife and I bought two cars, I began working for the State of California as a Scientific Aide for the Department of Water Resources then as an Environmental Scientist for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy and now as a Senior Environmental Scientist for the Wildlife Conservation Board, I started the ABirdingNaturalist YouTube channel, and so much more.

I have spent a bit if time these past few days looking back at the posts I have written. Many themes have been consistent over the full ten years such as biodiversity, endangered species and environmental protection, taxonomy and systematics, natural history, and, of course, birds and birding. Lots of birds and birding!

Some of the themes have changed or shifted. In the early years of the blog, as I was working as a Teaching Assistant as a grad student. As such, I wrote many posts explaining college level biology concepts with the hope that my students would benefit from them. As my career has shifted and developed, that theme has shifted as well to discussing aspects of my jobs, the projects I have worked on, and some state level priorities and systems. I have also focused more on representation and inclusion in birding and science which is a shift that was too long in coming.

During these past few days of review, I also noticed that I have used this blog as a way of learning for myself. As I have started new positions or projects, I have often been introduced to new concepts. And one way that I have developed better understandings of those concepts has been to write blogs posts about them. This has helped me to deepen and clarify my knowledge, and has proven to be an incredibly useful and powerful tool. I will certainly be continuing this habitat on this blog.

Over the last decade long life of this blog, I have written a total of 292 posts. These posts have been collectively viewed a total of 85,266 times by 67,055 visitors who came from 175 countries all around the world and 97 of whom decided to become followers of the blog! I hope you all have enjoyed the blog posts, gained some fun and interesting knowledge from them, and will come back to read some more!

I am well aware that there are a ton of things we all could decide to spend our time doing, and that so many of you decide to spend some of that time reading my blog is a huge honor. Thank you! I am excited to see what the next decade contains.

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