Well, what a year for the friends of bees! I give thanks. First, for the bees. Then, my family. I’m also grateful that my body held out for another year. I feel privileged to have readers for this blog, too. (I’m looking at you. Thanks for looking at me.) This blog had over 100,000 views in 2018 and even made it into Feedspot’s top five bee sites. Readers dropped by from 176 different countries. Knowing that I have readers makes me want to write.
So, I’m sorry that I didn’t post more often. It’s not for lack of stories – I’ve got dozens of pieces queued up. There’s a lot happening in bee culture these days. My problem is the short days we have – just 24 hours isn’t enough to do the writing I need to do. I’ve been working on a graduate degree at the University of Calgary and have been busy with some volunteer activities in other areas. Also during 2018, I participated in a podcast interview with Andony Melathopoulos, wrote articles for American Bee Journal, BeesCene, and the Czech beekeeping journal. I somehow found time to teach beekeeping workshops with the Calgary & District Beekeepers Association, I went looking for bumble bees in Iceland, and I presented at the United Beekeepers of Alberta conference. But I didn’t find enough time to write much for the readers of this blog.
If you have been as busy as me, you probably missed some of my posts this year. So, here are my top-ten most-viewed blog posts from 2018, with the most popular at the top:
- Rotten: Lawyers, Guns, and Honey
- Have you lithium-chlorided your bees yet?
- Kicked out of a farmer’s market
- Dr Warwick Kerr, the “Man Who Created Killer Bees”, has died
- Crazy Russian Hacker lost all his bees!
- Why your honey gets hard
- Causes of winter losses
- Should you feed s tired bee?
- Nuisance-free beekeeping
- How to predict a honey flow
Those are the top ten out of 73 posts that I published in 2018. I won’t predict how much I’ll post in 2019, nor will I hazard any predictions about what the year will bring. Together, we’ll see what happens. Meanwhile, hold on tight – the new year begins in just a few hours!