Check Out Our RSS Feeds

Some Blog History

The story of our first 200 blog articles is chronicled in an earlier postblog. Since then (August 2018) I’ve redeveloped and described our twelve blog categories in An Explanation Of Our Groups, and have made it easier to subscribe to any combination of blog categories a la carte (notice column to the right of this article). This last season, I even started putting out a clipboard at our booth for those who wanted to sign up. When you sign up, you will receive an email with a link to each new blog article in your chosen category as it is published.

The RSS Feeds

Now we have created five different RSS feeds, each targeting a different audience.

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RSS stands for “Really Simple Syndication”, and is a way to have blog articles and podcasts delivered automatically to your browser. Most browsers have RSS readers. There are companies like Inoreader and Feedly that also have a free version of their reader with at least limited functionality (this is not an endorsement – what I’ve just explained is all I know about these two companies). For more information about RSS Feeds, check out RSS for Beginnners (sic) at wired.com.


The feeds are:

  • Bee Happy Graphics for Art Lovers, which includes mostly articles from categories Images, Nature & Wildlife, Promotions, Upcoming Events, and Recognition;
  • Bee Happy Graphics for Photographers with articles primarily from categories Photography, Post-processing, Business, Images, Nature & Wildlife, Travel, and Other topics;
  • Bee Happy Graphics for Printers & Framers, bringing the Business, Printing & Framing, and Other topics categories;
  • Bee Happy Graphics for Teachers, focussing on categories Applied math, Nature & Wildlife, Promotions, and Travel; and finally
  • the Bee Happy Graphics blog, which will bring you everything.

When you visit our home page (www.BeeHappyGraphics.com), your RSS reader should find our feeds. If not, you may need to go to the bottom of that page and click on the appropriate button. This will open a pop-up box with a web address (URL) that you may need to copy and paste into your RSS reader. For your convenience, I’ve added those buttons here:

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What You Get (and Don’t Get)

First, what you don’t get are ads or other promotions.  Our website and blog have hundreds of pages, but not one single ad.  We will not sell or give away your address or other information, and it will be used for no other purpose than providing you with the latest information from Bee Happy Graphics.

So How Many Articles Will I Get?

Just to give you an indication of what to expect, here are the number of articles you would have received had each of these options been established and had you signed up for each option for the one year ending yesterday:

Whole Blog 46
   
Bee Happy Graphics (BHG) for Art Lovers 32
BHG for Photographers 10
BHG for Printers & Framers 5
BHG for Teachers 13
   
Applied Math category 4
Business category 7
Images category 9
Nature & Wildlife 6
Photography 4
Post-processing 4
Printing & Framing 4
Promotions 5
Recognition 5
Travel 6
Upcoming Events 23
Other Topics 2

Keep in mind that an article may fit into more than one group/category and could appeal to more than one audience (that is why the sum of the feed totals and the sum of the category totals are both more than the total number of articles).  That total number of articles in a year is typical for us, and I am happy that I was able to keep the number of non-‘Upcoming Events’ articles at or above 50%. My ultimate goal of 60% could be tough, however.  For one thing, it has so far not been my policy to discuss an idea that has already been adequately covered elsewhere.  And during the art festival season, I have little time to develop the ideas that do occur.  It was also good to see that there was some balance; no category (besides Upcoming Events) hogged too much attention and no category was ignored. I might need to give Printers & Framers a little more love, but already have a few ideas and have already made a few promises for articles that should keep them happy.

In Conclusion . . .

Go ahead and sign up for whatever you think might be helpful or interesting. If you have a question or an idea for an article or even a new category, leave a comment below (or private blog comment by following the link at the top of the right column). Thank you for reading this far.

Our 200th Blog Post

The August 8th announcement about our return to Maitland was our 200th blog post, and it’s time to do a little reflection.

First, Some Statistics

Our first post was on January 25, 2011, two weeks before we had a website (I have no statistics about our first website to bore you with).  It took 44 months to publish the first 50 posts, 40 of which were about upcoming events.  We moved the blog from Blogspot to our own website on October 10, 2015, and published our hundredth post in May 2016announced.  That second 50 posts took less than 20 months to produce.  By then, the overall proportion of our posts that were about upcoming events dropped to 66%.  Our second 100 posts took just 27 months.  Our overall upcoming-event percentage is down to 53% (and dropping).  At the same time, 15% of our posts have been about our images and 14% had website news.  The categories of recognition, post-processing, and business were each discussed in over 6% of our posts.  The other nine categories were covered in fewer than ten posts each.

So Now What?

I expect that our production rate will level out at less than four posts a month.  I’d like the overall proportion of upcoming-event posts to drop toward 40%, while each of the other 14 categories gets good coverage.  I keep coming up with new ideas but have trouble finding time to develop them.  I’m working on that.  Stay tuned.

We Quietly Posted Our 100th Blog Article!

I just noticed that “A Question About Pixels” was our 100th post. Whoopee! Let’s take a moment to reflect.

We published our first post on beehappygraphics.blogspot.com January 25, 2011. Although I had big plans, 53 of the 63 posts written (84%) before I moved the blog to www.beehappygraphics.com/blog on October 10, 2015 announced upcoming events. Since then only 13 of 38 posts (34%) fall in that category, and I’m just getting started.  Stay tuned!