While doing some site research yesterday, I discovered not one, but two brief reviews of our site.  Those of you unacquainted with the Core Team should know that I am the narcissistic one (hence, the googling of my own URL!)  I mention this only so that you understand the great sense of pride that came over me when I learned that some fellow bloggers took the time to write about our modest weblog.  I’m freakin’ thrilled.

One of these reviews was posted on the Creative Commons weblog on September 4.  We were the Featured Content of the Week!  The post is brief, but pleasant.  The reviewer mentions the amazing film, Winged Migration in the same sentence as 10,000 Birds and hopes we succeed in our mad quest, albeit for slightly selfish reasons.
The review from Creative Commons is not that surprising, since I registered for a Creative Commons License.  This license is basically a notice to the world that our copyrighted content is free for sharing under certain conditions.  This is really what the creative energy of the internet and blogs is all about.  If you would like to learn more about Creative Commons, and if you are a publisher, you should, start here.

The second review, which is actually the first since it was posted on September 3, is on the 1DO3.com weblog.  Near as I can tell, 1DO3 is an online directory that endeavors to weed out the unfit sites and present only the best of breed to U.K. readers.  But enough about them.  This review is much more interesting because it is so conflicted.  It begins:

“I’ve just come across the 10,000 birds blog. Is it just me, or is this blog not quite what it appears to be?”

Sweet, huh?  Being used to that reaction, I’m interpreting this mistrust as a compliment.  The reviewer goes on to compliment our content and sincerity, going so far as to say, “It’s written more stylishly that (sic) your average anorak’s blog.”  But the reviewer also suspects a “send-up” at work and believes that “the tongue in cheek quality feels like there’s something else going on.”  I can’t disagree!

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.