Hello blog followers. It’s been a long time. Looking over my stats today, I was pretty horrified to see I’ve only published a whopping 4 times this year. I don’t have a very good excuse.
2019 was certainly professionally busy, but not more so than in years past. Probably the biggest reason for my absence is that I am sinking considerably more scicomm time on places like twitter and Instagram, and it doesn’t leave a lot of room for blog articles. Which is a shame, because that’s where some of my best science communication has happened.
I also think that because I’ve historically treated the blog as a place where I only publish researched, 800 word articles, I’ve been hesitant to just send out quick updates a la a more traditional blog. But since at least some of you don’t follow me on the other platforms, you end up missing a lot of stuff.
Like, for example, did you know I published a short fiction story about crows (a very specific crow to be exact) on Audible this year? I did! And I’m damn proud and excited. And as followers of my writing, you all are probably among the most interested audience for that kind of material, and I didn’t even tell you.
So take this as a vow that 2020 will be better. I already have a ton of ideas for new articles, at least some of which will come out before the end of the year. Teaching an ornithology class has vastly improved my arsenal for communicating some pretty cool bird biology through the vehicle of corvids. Oh right, did you know I am no longer a postdoc but a lectuter at the Unviersity of Washington? Yeah, we need to catch up more.
Thanks for your patience and continued readership.
14 responses to “A letter to my readers”
Are you holding a bird in your Lamh, hand, Ireland here, come from a wild and beautiful farm on the West Coast, live between Dublin and Galway, our blog is Watchers.ie, about Corruption. Happy XMAS.
Great to hear from you again. 🙂
Hi Kaeli, What is the title of your book? I would love to read it! So glad to see you back. Debbie
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It’s a short story compilation called The Other Animals. Mine is the last chapter https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Other-Animals-Audiobook/B07WMRJVZL
Glad you are going to be more active with your blog.
What wonderful progress for you. I can’t wait to read or hear your fiction but I am not an Audible subscriber. Is there any way you could post your story here? Thank you for your blog.
For the next year it’s under contract with Audible. Then I am free to distribute and publish the text!
I have always been amazed at your ability to find the time to write blog posts of such quality at all, regardless of how infrequently. Even more so after finally launching my own blog in July, which was in the planning since February and has a mighty 2 blog posts to date..! Indeed, I remain impressed by the quality of the blog, period.
I imagine I am not alone in finding the posts more than worth the wait, while simultaneously being absolutely fine with shorter messages, brief strange anecdotes or just nice pictures in between these.
Best of luck with all the things to be finished in 2019, and I look forward to reading whatever you happen to post within this year or any that follow.
Looking forward to more. Ideas develop better in blogs.
So glad I’ll be seeing more from you.
Love the crow on the bench, with you!
I really enjoy having you back in the blogosphere. We are at opposite ends of our careers, and I really enjoy the energy, enthusiasm, and quality of your writing. Thank you.
Glad to see you back! I was keeping a crow feeding platform this year to some crow parents and their offspring and noticed one seemed to become the delta of the group, like getting chased off at feeding time. Is that a thing?
Yes. I’ve certainly seen adults chase off older kids come winter and especially spring