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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Kicking Off This Idea

I have wanted to be able to do this for quite some time. There is really no where that blogs devoted to nature are collected well. Most hubs for outdoor blogs also include hunting and fishing, and many other outdoor activities. Although I enjoy many of these pursuits, I wanted to be able to isolate blogs that focus on the kinds of things that would have appealed to the 19th century "Naturalist." In other words... looking at the plants, animals, geology, sky, waterways, and all the natural features of the world, just for their own sake. I found a way to create a feed with selected blogs through NewsGator, which could then be read into a web site. Of course, before I got that site created, they discontinued this and advised people to use Google Reader. But I couldn't find a way to channel Google Reader to a different site. Then last night it hit me! Just use a blog format but make the Blog Roll the dominant feature. This is the initial launch, and I will see how well it is received.


Ratty said...

This is an excellent idea. I've had a similar idea to gather all of these types of nature blogs in one place, but I have never been able to decide on quite the right way to do it. I'm glad you did it. We all need something like this.

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

Thanks Ratty! I have been racking my brain on it too. This is very basic, but I think it will be a good start. I looked hard at Ning, but didn't really like some of it. Wanted to build my own, but I spent two days hunting hard for a way to insert the feed into a web site, managed to make it work with NewsGator, but now that is gone!

RNSANE said...

I am delighted with this...Shark, you are so smart to pull this all together. I am not sure that I can read all these blogs every day. I am developing decubitus ulcers on my gluteus maximi already from sitting too long at the computer but I love these "nature" blogs! Yours and Ratty's are wonderful and I already follow some of the others. I'll read as many as I can and still have a life.

Thanks for doing this. It is a great idea.

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

Carmen- you are a great fan! I just discovered that I didn't have the email notification activated, so I didn't realize that I was getting comments here- sorry, I wasn't ignoring you.