Friday, December 08, 2006

Characteristics of North American Bird Blogs: Month and Year Initiated

Blogging is a relatively recent phenomenon, and blogging about birds, birding, and birders is an even more recent development. Here are a few notable statistics about the origins of active North American bird blogs (at least 138 known as of this date):
(1) The first bird blog appeared in February 2002, the most recent in November 2006.

(2) Fully 75 percent of current blogs have been in existence only since March 2005.

(3) One-half (50 percent) of the now-active blogs started publishing in the past year (i.e., since November 2006), a growth of 100 percent in one year!

(4) One-quarter (25 percent) of the active blogs have debuted since March 2006.
The following early pioneers of the bird-blog genre are listed in the order in which they were first published (month and year):
  • Birds Etcetera (February 2002)
  • Bird the Planet (July 2002)
  • Operation Migration - In the Field (November 2002)
  • Swampblog (June 2003)
  • 10,000 birds (August 2003)
  • Birdwatch (August 2003)
  • The Urban Pantheist (September 2003)
  • My Birding Journal (November 2003)
  • Are there any other bird-bloggers out their who can trace the origins of their blog to pre-December 2003?



    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    It's amazing how many of us are still posting considering the mortality rate of blogs.

    Your series on North American bird blogs has been excellent.

    December 08, 2006 7:28 PM  
    Blogger John B. said...

    Here's another new one:

    December 08, 2006 8:06 PM  
    Blogger John L. Trapp said...

    Ah yes, the dynamics of bird blogs. Probably not a great deal different than other categories of blogs, but I find the topic interesting. I'm glad you've enjoyed the series, Mike.

    December 08, 2006 8:22 PM  
    Blogger John L. Trapp said...

    Thanks, John. The author of that blog contacted me just yesterday, and I've not yet had a chance to add it to my blogroll. I must say, these new bird-bloggers are setting a very high standard.

    December 08, 2006 8:26 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I must say I didn't even know what a blog is until I was assigned to write mine when I took my job at I'm still trying to figure out how to do it well. You do set a high standard, John.

    December 12, 2006 8:30 AM  
    Blogger John L. Trapp said...

    Thanks you for the kind words, Laura. There are many exceptionally fine bird blogs out there, including yours. I find myself struggling just to keep up with the growing flock.

    December 12, 2006 10:15 AM  
    Blogger birdchaser said...

    I started blogging (or at least proto-blogging) about birds back in 2000...back before it was really called blogging. My initial bird blog was to post bird sightings from Hornsby Bend, the best birding spot in Austin, Texas. I was tired of tying up the TEXBIRDS email list with my daily sightings report, so I started up a website where I could write as much as I wanted. This served as something of a local rare bird alert, as well as a way to really talk about local bird distribution without annoying everyone else in Texas who didn't care about Hornsby Bend. Originally I coded these posts in HTML, and eventually started composing them with Netscape Navigator. You can take a look at some of those early proto-blog posts here, here, and here.

    I didn't start my first birdblogspot site until January 2004.

    January 05, 2007 10:11 AM  

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