Chez May Dreams Gardens, my new and improved bird café, has seen business steadily increase in the last few days. Management, acting on the advice of several bird feeding consultants, improved the menu by filling the feeder with Black Oil Sunflower Seed (BOSS).
Yes, the birds are again feasting at my feeder and bringing their friends.
It started off as a trickle, just a few tracks in the snow of one bird checking out the situation.
Then more birds showed up.While they haven’t eaten an entire feeder’s worth of BOSS yet, I’m sure it won’t be long before I’ll need a new bag of seed.
In many ways, feeding birds is a lot like blogging.
You have to have ‘the good stuff’ to attract the birds. They won’t consume just any old seed. The same is true with blog readers. They are more likely to spend some time reading your posts if you have “good stuff’.
It takes awhile for birds to find a feeder that interests them, and it takes awhile for readers to find blogs that interest them. You can’t just load up the feeder and expect the birds to show up within minutes or even hours or days. Nor can you post blog content and expect readers to show up right away.
If the feeders are empty most of the time or full of old, molded seed, the birds lose interest. The same is true with blog readers. You have to publish new posts with fresh content occasionally; maybe not daily, but often enough to keep readers interested enough to come back.
If one bird finds your feeder and likes it, somehow they seem to get the word out to other birds and soon you have more than one bird coming to your feeder. If one reader finds your blog and likes it, they’ll likely tell someone else about it and soon you’ll have several readers visit your blog each day.
Birds don’t like to have their pictures taken and will fly away if you get too aggressive in trying to figure out who they are. Most days, you won’t know who visited your bird feeder; you just hope they found something they liked there.
Likewise, some blog readers don’t like to be seen or make their presence known with a comment; they just want to enjoy the post and then move on to the next one. Most days you won’t know who came by and read your blog, but you hope they enjoyed whatever you posted.
Here are some of the visitors who came to my bird feeder today.
This little bird had the feeder all to himself.
A female cardinal (one of the few birds I can identify) came around and another bird is patiently waiting for an 'open seat'.
The female cardinal must have told the male cardinal about the menu change, and he came to see if the seed was as good as she said it was.
Wow, word must be getting around about the new menu at Chez May Dreams Gardens.
And now I wonder who came and visited my blog today? I hope they liked what they found here!