One of the most exhilarating aspects of life online is its fluidity. For example, if you’re a blogger, take a moment to think back to July 2005, the month we launched I and the Bird. Were you even blogging then? If so, I wager your online presence has evolved considerably since you started. You may have switched blogging platforms or changed the name of your site. You may even be publishing through newly established channels such as Facebook or Twitter, two platforms which may or may not be as popular in a few years as they are right now.

My inquiries into online evolution are actually relevant to this week’s edition of IATB which finds itself on a new blog yet in the hands of an experienced host. Summer Fey Foovay hosted IATB #59 almost exactly two years ago in October 2007. Alas, that edition is lost to the sands of time, or at least the Internet Archive Wayback Machine (here it is), as Summer consolidated her disparate blogs in order to simplify her life. Once she pared down to one blog called Foovay’s Cauldron, I erroneously assumed she had stopped writing about her interest in the local avifauna. I’m happy to report, however, that while she put her dedicated notebook aside, Summer is still a naturalist at heart. Enjoy her fun Gypsy Feet edition of I and the Bird #110.

Wherever you are blogging from, whatever your platform, if you blog about birding or wild birds, you should be a part of I and the Bird. Send a link and summary to me or our next host, Kirk Mona (kirkmona AT of Twin Cities Naturalist by 10/13 for the 10/15 edition. We’re also looking for hosts for the rest of the year so if you are a contributor who hasn’t hosted yet, I cordially invite you to volunteer!

Written by Mike
Mike is a leading authority in the field of standardized test preparation, but he's also a traveler who fully expects to see every bird in the world. Besides founding 10,000 Birds in 2003, Mike has also created a number of other entertaining but now extirpated nature blog resources, particularly the Nature Blog Network and I and the Bird.