I have been dithering for over a year about the future of my two long-standing personal websites at Sparroworks.ca and Greenbirding.ca. They are both over a decade old and I have really enjoyed using them to interact with friends and share garden lore, wildlife sightings, birding trip reports and the like … BUT, they are remarkably expensive to maintain (overkill on my part – paying for features I will never use). So, I have finally bitten the bullet and decided to do something about it.
Renewal time for my hosting and domain packages comes with a big bill sometime in July. By then these websites will no longer exist. They are being replaced by a new, minimalist site with just the needed features and nothing else. From this week any new posts will appear there first. The new site has a rather more obvious domain name and lives at:
Social media has taken over much of what blogs like mine have been doing – certainly for personal sites rather than business ones. I am moderately active on Facebook and I now have a presence on Mastodon too. I have begun to share my best photographs on Flickr and the above replacement website will work for my stories and commentary. This new website costs a fraction of the existing ones, does the job I want it to do and will continue to focus on occasional observations concerning wildlife, wildlife gardening and photography. On some days, other subjects will creep in, I am sure.
Please visit and tell me what you think. An email to firstname.lastname@example.org will do the job.
** Note – some of you have subscribed to the original site and get an email notice when I post something new. The mailing list has been attached to the new site so that you may continue our convenient arrangement – and I hope that you will want to.
This move will save me a good number of $$$ – happy to spend some of them on a beer for you should you be passing this way.
Richard and Jean, I have been Neighbour, Friend (albeit not terribly close) and devoted to Sparroworks and, more lately Greenbiding./ca for a long time. Now well into my 90th. year, or to be more exact, still only 89.41, I should not wish to be bereft of the pleasure and sheer joy of your photographs and the writings that accompany them. Furthermore, we are taught the rudiments of bread-making,, read of matters so far removed from one’s daily life .I benefit vicariously from the pleasures that you and Jean enjoy,,. and I trust that your new ventures are at least as successful as hitherto. I look forward to another five or ten years reading The Adventures of the Gregson’s of Canada… Please sign me in. Thank you! and dare I add a wagging tail
Regards to you both.