I am not a great believer in blogs - but I do subscribe to many "newsgroups"
on many subjects and they all provide me with regular postings containing
either new articles or references to new articles. I guess as a non-blog
user my question is why it is necessary to regularly advertise that a blog
has changed - can people not subscribe and be notified of changes?
On 15/12/2007, Trevor Hampel <> wrote:
> 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
> other ways.
> 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
> minimal costs.
> 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
> all about.
> Happy birding.
> Trevor Hampel
> Murray Bridge
> South Australia
> 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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