Gossamer Tapestry

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

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


I can't believe that I've been blogging for three years already. My first post went up three years ago yesterday. So much has changed in those past three years, but I'm still really enjoying blogging.

One of the highlights of the past year was being a "Featured Blog" on the Nature Blogging Network. One of my responses in that interview seems particularly true today:
Becoming part of the nature blogging community has been the single most rewarding aspect of blogging.
I've enjoyed the experience, the writing, and the photography. I only wish that my writing had improved as much as my photography. I guess it's a lot easier to get a better camera than to get a better brain. It's hard to believe that a year ago I had only met four fellow bloggers: Tony, Homer, Sandy and Kathie. Oh, and UrSpo, but I knew him before I started blogging. In fact, he's the one to blame for getting me started on all this.

Over the past year, I've met a bunch more bloggers. It's hard to believe that it's only been a year since I first met Will and his partner Fritz in person. I've seen them several times since then and I feel like we have been friends forever. I met Rodger and Mark on my trip to the Pacific Northwest last September. I spent a delightful evening with Thingfish23 and family when I was in Florida last winter. Dave came to visit me at the Fen last spring. Cobban and his partner Ray stopped in at the Museum in June, then had me out to their place while I was in Arizona.

I'm still amazed at how rewarding blogging has been. I look forward to another year of butterfly conservation, travel, invertebrate macrophotography and cheesemaking. I also hope to meet more of you for the first time and to see some of you again. It's been an adventure, and the connections that I have made through blogging have enriched my life more than I can express. Thank you all.

Update: Crap. I knew if I listed the bloggers I had met this year that I'd leave somebody out. One of my blogging friends was this year's guest speaker at the annual Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Workshop. Sorry, Ted.

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At 23:48, Blogger Ur-spo said...

congratulations and may there be many many more years. I can't imagine you have photographed all beetles and butterflies yet. so there is room to grow.

At 10:25, Anonymous Sylvia said...

Congratulations on your blogaversary. Your travel, your insects and your cheese - you are constantly adventuring. I'm glad you share your life with us.

At 11:42, Blogger Steve B said...

Happy anniversary!

At 12:07, OpenID beetlesinthebush said...

Congrats, Doug. It was great coming up to meet you this spring - I only wish the rain hadn't prevented us from seeing the fen.

At 19:15, Blogger Dave Coulter said...

Way to go Doug! It's fun reading your blog. Let me tell your readers how much your talents benefit the natural world of the Midwest, and beyond. You're a regional treasure!

At 08:24, Blogger Doug Taron said...

Spo- I have you to thank for getting me started on this whole adventure.

Sylvia- Thanks so much. Your encouragement means a lot to me.

Steve- Thanks. Sometime when I'm home visiting my dad, we should try to add you to the list of bloggers that I have met in person.

Ted- We'll have to get you back up here some time. There may still be time to get in a tiger beetle adventure down closer to you this season. That might be fun.

Dave- Dammit, I just spent 50 bucks buying a new hat while I was in Arizona. If you keep talking like that, my head won't fit in it any more. (Kidding aside, thanks, that was a very kind thing to say).

At 10:00, Blogger Texas Travelers said...


If you are ever near Ft. Worth, call me and we will tour the nature center. It's 3500+ acres of varied habitat.


At 07:45, OpenID membracid said...

I am so happy you are online--I would never have known you existed otherwise!

I love seeing photos of your work, and restorations that are *successful*. It keeps me going here where I'm surrounded in garlic mustard and bittersweet.

At 04:08, Blogger Kathiesbirds said...

Happy blogoversary! I totally forgot mine until I saw this post. I've been blogging for 2 years sometime in July. It just whizzed by! So glad to have met you and I look forward to visiting Chicago someday. I would love to see the fen!


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