Taxonomy can be tricky business as you nature lovers know. However, we derive great advantage from systems that efficiently and effectively categorize different familes, genera, species, etc. The categorization scheme for members of the Nature Blog Network is also meant to facilitate the identification different blogs in the field. Alas, the classification of nature blogs may require a modern-day Linnaeus.
The problem is an excess of “Ecosystem” blogs. Of the 926 member blogs of the NBN (as of the time of this post) a full 421 of them self-identify as Ecosystem blogs. That’s simply too many. The problem is not that the category is applied erroneously; in fact, I’d wager that even more blogs accurately fall under that expansive umbrella. The issue instead is the mass applicability of the label. If half of all nature blogs fall under one category, the category is too broad to be useful.
So how should we split Ecosystem blogs into discrete, identifiable species? What classifications would serve to separate the vast mass of blogs into more recognizable strata? We welcome any and all suggestions in the comments section!