I have been linked to the Nature Blog Network for several months now and it is one way of discovering nature blogs and learning about traffic at your own blog.
According to the website the network is “a nexus for the very best nature blogs on the net. If you’re looking for outstanding blogging about birds, bugs, plants, herps, hiking, oceans, ecosystems, or any other natural topic — or if you blog on those topics yourself — this is the place for you!”
As noted, it’s a great way to get to know about other nature blogs. As a novice, I am interested in birdwatching so 10,000 Birds, linked to the network along with many other blogs, appeals to me.
In addition, Nature Blog Network is an analytic that tracks the number of hits to a nature blog linked to the website. For example, on August 4, 2010 Ugly Overload averaged 2549 views per day ranking it as the #4 blog on the network. Click on the orange tab to the right of the rankings on the Top List page and more analytic statistics pop up. From May 11 to June 10 Ugly Overload had 78.272 views at the blog.
The Nature Blog Network is one of many statistical tools that can help a blogger figure out how many people you are reaching. Another options is Google Analytics, which can drive viewers to your site, while providing statistical data on google word searches. And when blogging using WordPress, specific data on your blog are available including your top ranked blogs.
Based on my searches at Nature Blog Network there isn’t much diversity at the site. If you are blogging about nature from any perspective of diversity, then consider linking your site to the network.
Photo by Dianne Glave
Hi Dianne, thanks for writing about your experience with Nature Blog Network (and the special note about 10,000 Birds!) The lack of diversity among North American nature bloggers deserves more attention. I’m glad you take the time to let your readers know that anyone who blogs primarily about nature should join the NBN. Membership is free and connects a blogger to a vast, international network of like-minded writers.
I’m glad to hear from you. Yes, the Nature Blog Network is free. I forgot to mention that.
Perhaps we can put out heads together and come up with some ways those blogging on diversity and nature/environment can move into other areas like the Nature Blog Network and birding.
I’m not expert on birding but have blogged about it in the past: https://dianneglave.wordpress.com/2010/03/08/black-and-birdwatching/.
If you are willing, let’s talk about it more.
I found your blog through Nature Blog Network, and would also recommend it to environment/nature writers and photographers. I have learned so much.
i went to your blog and really enjoyed reading the latest post. i have a blog carnival on environment/fiction/literature. do you want to submit something?
Thanks for suggesting that. How about this one? Topical, and told from the point of view of the bird.
i like it. go to https://dianneglave.wordpress.com/2010/07/25/shades-of-nature-environmental-fiction-a-call-for-blog-carnival-submissions/ for information on the carnival.