The Bird Ecology Study Group weblog logs 100,000 hits today. We started blogging exactly two years ago. The growth in readership during the first year was slow but steady. It was during the latter part of the second year that readership suddenly increased, with 300 or more hits a day. And readers are not confined to Singapore, or even the region. Our readers come from countries around the world.
The image on the left shows our earliest posting in July 2005. So far, we have about 450 posts under 32 categories of bird ecology and behaviour. Mostly, these have been local observations. However, we have slowly moved from localised to regional observations.
Our main aim has always been to encourage Singapore birders to study birds, not just look at them. And we are succeeding, as can be seen in the many e-forums where lists of birds are peppered with notes on behaviour, etc. A secondary aim is to encourage birders to share their observations. To this end, posting in the weblog makes information available almost immediately to anyone around the world.
The blog has definitely proved to be a useful resource on bird behaviour and ecology.
We would not have been this successful if not for the many contributors, who contacted us directly or indirectly, with their suggestions, observations, stories and of course images. The success of the weblog is a tribute to the unstinting generosity of these birders and photographers, as well as nature lovers, many of whom are neither ardent birders nor serious photographers. Without their contributions, we would not be able to post so many blogs and reach this magic number of 100,000.
Our special thanks go to Jacqueline Lau (right), who helped upgrade the blog from the old format (top) to what it is now. She single-handedly transferred all the archives to the new site. This weblog is being generously hosted in her server.
Thank you very much, one and all. Here’s to the next 100,000 hits.
5th July 2007
Comment by Forest Ang
Made Thursday, 5 of July , 2007 at 4:24 pm
Comment by ria
Made Thursday, 5 of July , 2007 at 4:37 pm
The blog is the highlight of my day. I always learn something new and the facts and photos stunning. Bravo!
Comment by david
Made Friday, 6 of July , 2007 at 1:32 pm
Congratulations! In my opinion, this is one of the best birding blogs on the Web. You never fail to take my breath away.
Comment by admin
Made Sunday, 8 of July , 2007 at 10:01 am
Thanks for the kind words. I myself learn something everytime I make a posting. YC