Peter Shute <>, Birding-Aus <>
I and the Bird
Trevor Hampel <>
Sat, 15 Dec 2007 21:38:30 +1030
Peter Shute wrote:
I have to admit that I usually don't "get" blogs of any kind (the occasional
one is great). What's wrong with just posting the stuff to lists like this?
Hi there Peter,
I would like to address your final question as above.
A birding blog and a newsgroup like Birding-Aus are two quite different
concepts and function in quite distinct ways.
I assume you understand how B-A works. Once approved by the list owner
anyone can post news about bird sightings, ask questions, seek help,
give trip reports, debate issues relating to birds and a whole range of
I've been a member almost since its beginning. I have made friends (and
probably one or two who are not going to be on my Christmas card list).
It is a very useful format for disseminating news and getting opinions
in a very quick way. I wouldn't be without it.
A blog is quite different. I've been writing for three blogs for nearly
two years now. I've published over 1600 articles on many topics, not
just birds. Think of a blog - a well written blog - as being a self
published magazine that can be updated as many times as you want with
It is far more than that of course. A good blog engages the readers and
they can leave comments, ask questions and debate issues. Often a sense
of community can develop - I have many regular faithful readers who
comment often. One special feature that sets a blog apart from a
newsgroup like Birding-Aus is the ability to post photos of birds (or
anything really) as a part of the web site itself. This can only be done
on Birding-Aus if there is a link to another site.
Birding-Aus is only sent to subscribers. This currently must be about
500-600 (not sure of actual number) mostly in Australia. A blog reaches
a world-wide audience. This year I had over 100,000 visitors from many
countries (over 80 countries in December already). As a retired teacher
I see the educational value of this as enormous - all those people
learning about birds - and Australian birds at that.
I also allow advertising on my blogs. This is to cover the small costs
involved in running the sites and using broadband. I'm certainly not
getting rich. The income is less than a few dollars a day.
I hope this has all been useful in helping you understand what blogs are
Check out my BLOGS (web logs):
Trevor's Birding - observations and photos of birds at
Trevor's Travels - travels in Australia, Thailand and Nepal at
Trevor's Writing - read some of my writing at http://www.trevorhampel.com
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