Author Archives: Mike

Mike Bergin is a leading authority in the field of standardized test preparation, but really aspires to be a naturalist. Mike is the founder of 10,000 Birds and Nature Blog Network as well as the editor-in-chief of I and the Bird.

NBS Note: Make It Happen Offline

(NBS = Nature Blogging Success!) Quick question: Will you be joining me and a veritable army of other nature bloggers at the 14th Annual Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival in Titusville, Florida from January 26-31, 2011? Not only will the birding be spectacular, but I’ll be leading a special event called The Noon Blog [...]

The Biggest Week in American Birding

I’m going to be there. Wren is going to be there. Many of your favorite nature bloggers will be there too. Will you be at The Biggest Week in American Birding? The Biggest Week in American Birding is a new birding festival planned during the peak of spring warbler migration in the Lake Erie Marsh Region of [...]

Do You Blog During Holidays?

Another Yuletide has rolled around and bloggers around the world are forced to ponder the age-old question: should I blog on a major holiday? The issue is one of engagement. In the United States, Thanksgiving is a time for eating, Christmas a time for sharing gifts, St. Patrick’s Day a time for drinking (green) beer, [...]

House of Herps: The Origin Story

Amber of Birder’s Lounge and Jason of xenogere have filled a long-standing void in the blend of nature blog carnivals by creating a carnival devoted especially to reptiles and amphibians. I’m sure you are as excited as I am about the inaugural edition of House of Herps! I also thought that members of the Nature Blog [...]

Are You Thankful for Your Blog?

The fourth Thursday of November is the traditional moment for genuine reflection and gratitude in the United States; we’re mostly too busy buying things to give thanks any other day of the year! Anyway, whether you consider yourself an American or not, you should take stock of the people, possessions, and processes with which your [...]

Support for the Discouraged

We’re all friends here, right? Of course we are. Blogging friends attend to the micro-publishing portions of our souls, those parts of us that crave, secretly or otherwise, online attention, followers, subscribers, links, and traffic. Friends pick us up when we’re down and tell us the truth even when it hurts. Because we’re all friends, [...]

Has the RSS Reader Been Replaced?

Web Worker Daily (we’re all web workers now, aren’t we?) ran a recent post asking Is Twitter Replacing the RSS Reader? This is a good question for a number of reasons, the first being that many members of the Nature Blog Network are presumably still getting their heads around subscriptions, syndication, and feed readers.  But [...]

How Do You Use Flickr?

Flickr is undoubtedly the most popular, if not the best online photo management and sharing application in the world. Yet – and it embarrasses me to admit this – I don’t get it. Specifically, I don’t understand how a nature blogger benefits from posting pics to Flickr that could be posted straight to one’s own [...]

Is Blogging Still Viable?

No less a luminary than Steve Rubel, a veritable whitebeard in the study of blogging, seems somewhat pessimistic about the prospects of new bloggers to build a profitable blog. He’s not saying that established bloggers should hang up their keyboards but he does believe that readers are looking for more distributed, short-form content. Rubel is [...]

NBN Donors Choose Challenge

Most calls for charitable donations appeal to a donor’s sense of decency and kindness. Bug Girl, on the other hand, wants to engage our competitive spirit! Please read her following appeal for members of the Nature Blog Network to crush all other blogging niches while supporting outstanding nature-themed educational initiatives: Interested in No Child Left [...]