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I started this blog 5 years ago, and over the years, it has grown beyond anything I originally dreamed of. I am very happy with the way it has grown, and now it’s time for the next big step in its growth and evolution. Starting next week, the Kentucky Pollinator and Backyard Wildlife blog will be rebranded under the name Backyard Ecology.
The Backyard Ecology blog will be very similar to what you are used to with my Kentucky Pollinator and Backyard Wildlife blog; just with a different name. To me, this is the current blog growing into its next phase, not the start of a completely new blog. As part of that growth, the name change is necessary for a couple of reasons.
First, I want the name to be more inclusive and to recognize that the blog is no longer about only Kentucky. I now have readers in Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, and Georgia – and those are just the states I know about. I’m pretty confident that I have readers in other states as well.
Second, I am working on two very exciting new projects that I hope to announce over the next few months. (If things go according to plan, I should be able to announce the first new project in October, but you’ll have to stay tuned for more details.) These two projects are completely different from anything I’ve done in the past, but tie in really well to each other and to my blog. Changing the name of my blog creates a nice, neat, cohesive package that I believe you will enjoy and appreciate.
So, this is where I need your help. First of all, I greatly appreciate everyone who has joined me on this journey and I hope you continue with me as we move into this next phase of our adventure. Second, over the last few months, many of you have filled out my interest survey – thank you so much for your responses. They are helping me chart the direction of future blogs as well as contributing ideas for my two new projects. I am so excited about what the future holds and I want to make sure no one gets lost or accidentally left behind. To make sure this doesn’t happen, you need to know how to find the new blog.
- If Facebook is how you typically keep up with my blog, please like and follow my new Backyard Ecology Facebook page. I also suggest that you subscribe to my email list to make sure you don’t miss anything because Facebook algorithms won’t show you everything I post.
- If you typically keep up with my blog through email, then I’ve taken the necessary steps behind the scenes for you to keep receiving emails about the blogs. However, there are a couple of things that you might want to do as well.
- Future blog emails will come from the address firstname.lastname@example.org, so you may want to add that address to your contact list to make sure that future emails don’t go to your spam folder.
I’ve divided my email list into different groups so that you can choose what topics you want to receive emails about. Right now, you are only subscribed to the Backyard Ecology emails. If you want to receive emails about my upcoming virtual classes, upcoming talks or events, or my local contact-free deliveries of native plants, duck eggs, and honey, then you will need to update your preferences. To update your email preferences:
- Scroll to the very bottom of this (or any other email from me).
- Right above the MailChimp button you’ll see two links – one to update your email preferences and one to unsubscribe completely.
- Click on the update email preferences link and you’ll be sent a link that will take you to a page where you can choose what emails you want to be sent.
- Adding your state when you change your preferences is voluntary but will help me get a better idea of where everyone is from so I can make sure my blogs (and future projects) stay relevant to my audience.
- You may want to take a look at my new Backyard Ecology website. I am still setting it up, but this will be the new home for my blog and upcoming projects. Since my Kentucky Pollinators and Backyard Wildlife blog is the foundation for the Backyard Ecology blog, I am in the process of copying many of the relevant Kentucky Pollinator articles to this site as well. I plan to have all of those copied over by the end of the month.
Again, thank you for all the support and encouragement you have shown me so far. I am really excited about this new phase and can’t wait to share with you the new projects I am working on. As always, you can email me anytime if you have any questions, suggestions, or comments.
Have a great day!
Shannon Trimboli is a beekeeper, farmer, wildlife biologist, and author. She owns Grassy Roads Farm and Busy Bee Nursery & Consulting. Busy Bee Nursery & Consulting specializes in plants and habitat consulting services for honey bees, native pollinators, and wildlife conservation. In 2018, her first book, Plants Honey Bees Use in the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys, was published. Shannon also writes a weekly blog called Kentucky Pollinators and Backyard Wildlife. The blog features profiles of pollinators and wildlife, tips for attracting pollinators and wildlife, highlights of different plants for pollinators and wildlife, and life on the farm and nursery. You can sign up to have her blog emailed to you.