Time For Goodbye
June 28th, 2018
I think the time has come for me to officially retire from nature blogging.
There are a number of reasons for this, most of which I won't go into. But a
big one is that Facebook Has Eaten The Internet. On the trail, I'll always get
more pleasure from enjoying a sighting in the moment, with binoculars, rather
than striving to capture it well on camera. But historically, what I got back
in the form of blog comments made it more than worth it to occasionally
dedicate an outing to photography. (I especially always loved hearing, "you
helped me see beauty that I never noticed before.") But comments have dwindled
to a trickle, for me and other nature bloggers.
At least one person I know has dealt with this by more or less abandoning her
blog and putting her pictures on Facebook. That's not for me. The whole
approach of social media (breadth over depth) runs completely counter to my
personality. And Facebook brutally resamples, i.e. compresses, i.e. ruins, any
photos posted there. (I'm surprised how few people seem to notice this.)
Anytime I've shared nature photos on Facebook, the difference between what I
put in and what its compression algorithm spits out is simply depressing.
So birding, for me, will go back to being a passionate but largely private
hobby. The exception being that I now submit nearly all of my observations to
eBird, as I've mentioned before.
My blog and gallery will continue to stay up indefinitely. There's some ten
years of material here that I'm proud of. I still see people finding me in the
site logs (usually through a Google image search), I still occasionally get
email from artists hoping to use one of my photos as a model, and, on very
rare occasions, I still hear from people who just plain stumbled across my
blog and loved what they saw. That last one always makes my day, not least
because it tells me that the corporate web has yet to completely defeat the
I do have a few photos left to show from the past month and some, and a few
adventures to recount, so I'll do that in the next post. After that, I'm
thinking I might do a retrospective "best of", re-posting some of my personal
favorite photos and stories from over the years.