Gossamer Tapestry

Reflections on conservation, butterflies, and ecology in the nation's heartland

Friday, June 08, 2007

A Few Changes

I've made a few minor changes to my blog template. My blogroll is growing, which mainly means that I am meeting a whole bunch of interesting new folks online. I've subdivided the blogroll into sections. Let me know if you want to be placed in a different section. I've also started adding tags to my postings. This was prompted by several newer readers who have indicated interest in my cheesemaking activities and want to check out my other cheesemaking posts. Cheesemaking is currently the only tag that I have applied to all appropriate older posts. Bit by bit I'll go back and tag the other stuff in the archives.

The changes were prompted by some growth in the number of people stopping by. My thanks to all. I'm really enjoying interacting with you folks, both the newbies and those who have been around a while.



At 18:57, Blogger Dave said...

Hi Doug,

What a great blog! I'll have to take time to read it through it, but it looks like you're doing some excellent work. I'll have to quiz you sometime about insects I've seen over the years that stumped me!

On a side note, one of my friends daughter found a blue-eyed cicada over in Riverside! I saw it last night - apparently they have photos of it as well.

On another side note, check out Dale Bowman's column in the 6/10 Sun Times. He should be writing about a canoe trip (that I was on also) to see warblers on the Des Plaines.



At 05:45, Anonymous Lemuel said...

Nice changes, Doug

At 06:53, Anonymous rcwbiologist said...

I second the nice changes comment above. I like how you've sectioned out your blogroll. I may have to do the same thing. I've also liked that you list what you're reading. I hope you don't mind if I steal those ideas for Rural Wat. Looking forward to reading more of your writing.

At 10:26, Blogger robin andrea said...

Nice changes, doug. Roger and I tend to be lazy about updating our blogroll, but I've been thinking that I'd like to add you, Rural Wat, and Scuff Productions. Thanks for the inspiration.

At 21:55, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, am I family or what? Now even I'm confused. ;)

I'm glad your blog is growing, you are a wonderful person to know!

At 23:18, Anonymous Bug_girl said...

Blessed are the cheesemakers, you know. :D

(hopefully you are also a Monty Python nerd and get this)

At 14:12, Blogger Homer said...

I think you should replace "Family" with "F'ing Hot" that makes a lot more sense.

At 22:13, Blogger Ur-spo said...

spoken like a true biologist - needing to sort things into families. Are we going by characteristics or will we do DNA sequencing too?
I am not surprised your popularity is growing; you have found a good niche.

At 11:49, Blogger Doug Taron said...

Dave, Welcome and thanks for stopping by. We currently have a flat show about cicadas here at the Nature Museum, and there are some pictures of color variants, including some with blue eyes. The photos in the sho ware mostly from Ohio in the 2004 emergence.

Lemuel- Thanks. Good to see you posting again.

RCW- Steal away. It's not like it's my original idea. I stole it from Misty on Museungs On.

Robin Andrea - Thanks for the link.

Butterfly Girl- Family, maybe, "Family", I don't thinks so. Unless there's something you haven't been letting on about yourself.

Bug_Girl- I'm a big Python fan. My first cheesemaking post was actuallly called Blessed are the Cheesemakers.

Homer- well they are pretty hot.

Spo- I wouldn't dare sequence your DNA. Who knows what I'd find. Thanks for leading me down this primrose path. I had no idea when I started how rewarding I'd find blogging.

At 12:56, Blogger Dave said...

Hey Doug,

I'll try and check out the cicada show. My friends' daughter found a blue-eyed one in Riverside last week. I hope they got a photo of it!

Can you recommend a good (local) field guide to dragonflies? I'm not sure I'd have any better luck spotting them than birds - smaller and faster!

Also, I'm in the middle of tying some fishing flies in the shape of those little blue damselflies. My work is pretty clumsy, but I only need to fool a bluegill, right?!

At 05:30, Blogger Rick said...

Cheese making...hmmm. I'll have to come back and read up on it some more. My first time stopping by thought I'd just say hi.

At 07:03, Blogger Doug Taron said...

Dave- I'm using Dragonflies Through Binoculars as my main field guide. Theres a Guide to Common Dragonflies of Wisconsin by Karl Legler, but it's hard to find. I also have Westfall's Damselflies of North America, but that's a big, expensive reference book rather than a field guide.

Rick - Welcome to the Tapestry. Thanks for stopping by. I checked your blog, as well. Looks good- I'll drop back. You are from the part of the world that I grew up in.


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