Time to celebrate!

I have been thinking about the concept of celebration lately. The main reason being that I recently turned 30(!). Moreover, this year my blog turned 7 and since this is the 100th post, I thought it would be fun to highlight the history and some interesting stats. Because with celebration we reflect on the past and look forward to the future.

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I originally started this blog when I was studying for my biology degree. Back then, I was interested in science communication and journalism, but due to the amount of course work, I could not combine the two. Since communication involves a lot of practice, I decided to just do it on my own through a blog. Later on my focus shifted more to nature photography and by that time I graduated and had jobs outside of academia and science. However, my interests in science remained and so the blog became a more informative blog on things I observed in nature. I love to dig up and share information on insects and other creatures rather than just post a picture. Besides, I am still learning the ins and outs of nature photography, which is fun to do! Most of my subjects I find in my garden, which goes to show that you don’t have to venture far away to find a myriad of interesting things. Next to learning about all the creatures I encounter, I also learn a lot by following other blogs from readers all over the world. It is interesting to see weird (to me at least!) creatures from the other side of the world or notice the same creatures in other countries. It has happened that I had no clue what it was that I saw, but then noticed it on another blog. Saved me time figuring it out on my own 😉 I also follow blogs which do not focus on nature photography, but have other interesting themes or styles. These are great sources of inspiration for me!

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Most of my visitors come from the USA, the Netherlands, the UK, Belgium and India. My most viewed posts are on Surinam toads and cinnamon. I suspect it has something to do with the links included in the posts (visitors of the other sites can see a link to my post). The post with the least amount of views was on magpies. I came a long way from that post 🙂 However, the most viewed posts are not the most liked posts; those posts you can see on the top right side of the blog under “Top posts & pages”.

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My blog may not have the largest audience, but I had fun writing all my posts, no matter how much they were viewed or liked. And I want to continue writing about my observations in nature. The past 6 months I tried my hand at filming in addition to photography. Not sure if that is really my thing, but if I am able to edit them, some footage might appear on the blog. The pictures in this post are pictures from the past spring/summer season. Some were ‘lucky shots’, others I spent a lot of time getting them just right. I might elaborate on some of them in future posts.

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Thanks for visiting this blog and for all the likes and comments over the years. I hope you enjoyed this post, and remember to celebrate today 🙂

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