This blog is blessed with a good number of visitors per day - sometimes this can be boosted if a particular blog post has been mentioned elsewhere (Facebook, Twitter or even a link on Bird Forum) - but ordinarily a fair number of visitors will come here from a referring site, in other words another blog that has kindly linked North Downs and beyond to itself. I have a similar list of blogs to the right of this post, places that I like to spend time trawling through, full of words crafted by others that entertain and inform in equal measure - please visit them, you will not be disappointed. Some of those blogs do not link other blogs at all, which I never really understand. At a basic level you could call it mutual back-scratching but I prefer to think of it as attempting to spread the word about the wonders of the natural world and the joy it can bring... but I digress.
In the 'stats' area of this blog (that only I get to see) is a section that lets you know where your visitors come from. Most of these will be regulars who bookmark this blog or who search it out directly via a search engine. Others will be casual internet roamers who are directed here when they are looking for a particular subject. And then there are those who are prompted to visit while they are spending time on another blog, a blog that is linked to this one. Since ND&B started up again (in 2010) the following blogs have provided me with the most visitors. In order they are:
1. Wanstead Birder (Jono Lethbridge)
2. Boulmer Birder (Stewart Sexton)
3. Peter Alfrey's Birding Notebook
4. Ploddingbirder (Martin Casemore)
5. Surrey Bird Club
6. Not Quite Scilly (Gavin Haig)
Thank you all! Your support is much appreciated. I can only hope that ND&B sends you back as many visitors in return. This blogging lark is a funny old thing. I've made many 'virtual friends' as a consequence, held conversations, argued, commiserated, laughed and almost shed a tear without having actually been within many miles of quite a few of them. I've met up with bloggers when I've been in their neck of the woods and have yet to meet one who wasn't thoroughly decent (whether that feeling has been reciprocated is not known!) Blogging is sometimes seen as 'old hat', lacking the immediacy of Twitter. To me it's still a fine platform on which to communicate. We all have our reasons for carrying on doing it. It's more personal, more thorough. A sound-bite is sometimes all that is needed, but the human being behind such declarations is missing. It's cathartic. It keeps the grey matter moving. It is a way of expressing yourself and trying to be creative with words. If you've not tried it before, do give it a go. We've all got something to say, we've all got observations to share. And if you do, let me know and I'll add your shiny new blog onto that list on the right hand side.