Happy Birthday, Green Path

Today is the first anniversary of launch of my blog in April, 2011. I am quite pleased that I have been able to maintain it at the level of two or three posts per week (the average is actually just over three) and to keep a reasonable variety of themes ticking over.

Changes? My working title during development was ‘Bugblog’ and that made it onto the finished site, in a few not-too-important places, but I can’t see that it is useful: ‘Green Path’ is better, so dropping ‘Bugblog’ (however cute it is) will save any confusion over the blog’s title. Also, the Search Engine Optimisation plug-in which I installed at the end of January is quietly increasing readership but more could be done and I will try to find time to add buttons for social media to make it easier for my readers to recommend an article to their friends.

Regrets? I had hoped to get more of a sense of community through a stream of comments. That may have failed because the blog format is not particularly congenial to conversations – bulletin boards are better and Facebook, while not better, is more popular – but still, it would be nice.

Another personal online milestone slipped past recently before I noticed it: I posted my one thousandth photo to my Flickr photostream a month ago. There is some sort of poetic justice in the fact that it was a picture of an ant, a creature known for its quietly persistent industriousness.

I joined Flickr in April 2010, so my average there is ten photos per week. Nearly all of them are insects and spiders of North Queensland, and two thirds of them – representing perhaps 300 species – have been taken in my own garden, an indication of just how much usually-unnoticed life goes on around us.