In about two months’ time this blog will downsize considerably, for at least several months but quite possibly for ever. I’ve said this several times but, perfectly reasonably, not everyone reads every post here every day!
I’ve been told I won’t do this, that I shouldn’t do this and that I mustn’t do this, but mostly people have wished me well for all the ways that I intend to fill the time freed up by spending far less time blogging – thank you.
I’ve had some interesting offers on helping to keep the blog going – and I’ll discuss them with the relevant people. If you have any constructive suggestions along those lines then I’m open to consider them – but those options need to allow me to cut my own blogging time very considerably (so volunteering to do some work might work better than anything else – but I would have to trust you). And no, I’m not interested in monetising this blog (partly because it’s a ghastly word, and partly because this is a labour of love, a way of putting something back into nature conservation).
I’ve decided to keep going with book reviews and they will appear uninterrupted through the rest of this year (God willing!).
Why two months’ time? Because then I will have been blogging here (with the help of many other contributors) for a whole decade. That’s a fair stint (as Temminck once said) and I am fairly amazed that during that period the readership has grown steadily. It is fair to say that there is nothing very similar to this blog anywhere else in the UK that provides news and expert commentary across a similarly large range of conservation issues, with a mixture of images, poems, guest blogs and cartoons. I wish there were someone else doing this – then I could read their blog!
How am I going to spend the time freed up? I will spend more time walking around Stanwick Lakes this spring, I will grow tomatoes, I will write a book and start some others, I will happily devote more time to the growing work of Wild Justice and continue to devote time to being Chair of the World Land Trust. And I might snooze more in the afternoons.