12 Years Of Blogging

12 Years of blogging (photo by Kate St. John)

Twelve years! Can you believe it?

Twelve years ago today on 9 November 2007 I posted my first entry at Outside My Window. After more than a decade the blog has …

Most people tune in for the peregrine nesting season but there was a big surprise this year. The most popular article by far was my 25 February prediction of 17-year cicadas in May: Let Me Be The First To Tell You. With over 6,400 readers it was a two-day wonder.

This 12th anniversary is an opportunity to thank you, dear reader, for your enthusiasm, comments, suggestions and “shares.”   Thank you for sticking with me. You inspire me to keep going every day.

Thank you, also, to the many excellent photographers who’ve allowed me to use their photos and videos, to Wikimedia Commons for their vast store of Creative Commons media, and to YouTube and Twitter videos that allow embedding on my blog. Without photos and videos my blog would be just a pile of words.

Happy Bird-thday Blog!

(photo by Kate St. John, annotated)

19 thoughts on “12 Years Of Blogging

  1. Congratulations Kate! I read your blog everyday and it is the only blog that I read. It makes me feel like I am home in Pittsburgh experiencing the wonders of the seasons. Everyday, you teach your readers something new and wonderful about our world. Thank you for making our world a little brighter!

    1. Kate, you are a part of my morning which today includes a dusting of snow. You are my sunshine on a cloudy day. Congratulations and best wishes. I love you. And I love our world

  2. Congratulations, Kate! Your blog is the first thing I read each day. There’s always something new to learn, and you encourage me to look around (and up!) to see what’s out there.

  3. Congratulations, Kate! I discovered your blog over 9 years ago as a freshman at Pitt and, though life’s travels have led me far from the 412, I have been following ever since! Reading your posts takes me back to campus in Oakland, looking up for the peregrines and crows.

  4. Congratulations! I first followed your blog because of the peregrines, but I read year round now because as an urban naturalist you help me enjoy and understand my own habitat better. Best wishes for many happy future blogging years!

  5. Congratulations and thank you, Kate! Your blog is among the sites that I read each morning. Looking forward to many, many more years of learning from you all things birds!

  6. Best blog ever !!! Read you every morning. Have learned so much. Really appreciate the time and effort you put into your blog. You’ve turned me from a computer nerd to a ‘junior’ naturalist. Thanks. ?? ?

  7. Happy Anniversary, Kate! Thanks for all you do to make your readers more aware of what Mother Nature has blessed us with and how fragile our ecosystem is. Your blog is a welcome addition to my day and I always learn something from it.
    Keep up the good work and many more happy years of blogging!

  8. I’m wishing you a most Happy Anniversary, dear Kate! I am not surprised by any of the statistics you listed. I know you know how much I enjoy your daily, informative writings. My day would not be the same without it. Thank you for all that you do to teach me something new almost every single day!! Keep posting, my friend.

  9. Congratulations, Kate. I have learned so much from the wide variety of topics you cover…not just birds. It takes a lot of work to put these blogs together – especially with the references you include, and your work is very much appreciated. I look forward to reading your blogs for years to come.

  10. Congratulations Kate! Like many others, you are the first thing I read in the morning. I also discovered you through love of peregrines but I enjoy all of your informative nature posts and have learned many new things by reading your blog. (I’m in California but there’s still so much that I can relate to.) THANK YOU for all of the research and time it takes to put them together. Cheers!!

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