Running a website is one of the weirdest things I’ve ever done. A website invites people with a common interest to share their passion, stories, findings, and questions. Although the readers of Honey Bee Suite are all different and come from far-flung backgrounds, we are united in our love for a bug.
I have met very few of you. But in spite of the paucity of face-to-face encounters, I feel like many of you are old friends. Indeed, some of you have been reading or commenting for the entire nine-year gig. I recognize you by your e-mail address, your name, or sometimes your writing. Others I recognize by your town, your ongoing sagas, and your thoughtful donations.
Some of you are consistently there. Others come and go, only to show up weeks or months later. Many stop by only a time or two. Nevertheless, each of you is important. You are the fuel on which the website runs. You are the why of it.
Thanks to you and your bees
So on Thanksgiving Day each year, I like to thank both you and the bees. Bees of all kinds put food on my table and beauty in my life. The bees give me something beyond myself to care about and ponder over. And you, the readers, give me inspiration, ideas, motivation, and laughter. You are the best of friends in an obscure—but very real—way.
As many of you know, I set out to build the kind of website I would like to visit. I’ve tried to build a site filled with honesty and humor, a site that’s based on fact but sprinkled with opinion and experience. In spite of that, I’ve found that it’s difficult to be completely objective when dealing with hordes of stinging insects, but I do my best.
Lastly, I set out to build a site that is comfortable to read. I vowed from day one that advertising pop-ups would not block your view of the text, that ads would not magically appear between the paragraphs, and that images would not dance in your peripheral vision. I vowed not to run ads by exterminators or to link to subjects that are not relevant to bees.
Paying the freight
But saying “no” to all those revenue streams means saying “no” to the money I need to keep going. So the financial donors to Honey Bee Suite get an extra special nod of appreciation. You are the ones that make the site readable, usable, and a pleasure to write. You are the ones that keep it going. Above all others, you are on my mind at this special time of year.
Although I often wonder how long I will keep Honey Bee Suite up and running, I just paid for another year of web hosting, another year of web security, another year of backup service, and another year of email delivery. So there you have it. I’m committed and we’re in this together for another trip around the sun.
May your Thanksgiving be filled with love and happiness, and please know that I care.
Honey Bee Suite