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I've been keeping this blog for all of my beekeeping years and I am beginning my 19th year of beekeeping in April 2024. Now there are more than 1300 posts on this blog. Please use the search bar below to search the blog for other posts on a subject in which you are interested. You can also click on the "label" at the end of a post and all posts with that label will show up. At the very bottom of this page is a list of all the labels I've used.

Even if you find one post on the subject, I've posted a lot on basic beekeeping skills like installing bees, harvesting honey, inspecting the hive, etc. so be sure to search for more once you've found a topic of interest to you. And watch the useful videos and slide shows on the sidebar. All of them have captions. Please share posts of interest via Facebook, Pinterest, etc.

I began this blog to chronicle my beekeeping experiences. I have read lots of beekeeping books, but nothing takes the place of either hands-on experience with an experienced beekeeper or good pictures of the process. I want people to have a clearer picture of what to expect in their beekeeping so I post pictures and write about my beekeeping saga here.Master Beekeeper Enjoy with me as I learn and grow as a beekeeper.

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Thank you all for your interest in my bees

When I woke up this morning, I found myself looking at statistics on this blog.
  • I've kept the blog since April 15, 2006, the day I got my first bees (the Saturday before Easter that year). I am now a little over a month into my fourth year.
  • As of today, the 28th of May 2009, there are 365 people who subscribe to my blog through RSS feed and
  • An additional 200 people are "followers" of this blog
  • I put a stat counter on the blog on May 10 2006. On that day 14 people visited my blog
  • Yesterday May 27, 2009, 316 people visited the blog and loaded 574 pages
  • Of those, 249 were visiting the blog for the first time
  • Since I put the counter on the blog, 103,333 unique people have been here
  • Last month I put a "flag counter" on the side bar and in just the past month people have visited this blog from 92 different countries
  • I also have a map at the very bottom of the blog showing red dots for the places from which people come and it's fun to see dots all over the world
  • The top ten Google search terms that got people to my site last week were:
  1. Solar wax melter;
  2. small hive beetle trap;
  3. mortician bees;
  4. harvesting honey without an extractor;
  5. linda's bees;
  6. hive beetle trap;
  7. crush and strain honey;
  8. linda's bee blog;
  9. hive beetle; and
  10. small hive beetle
  • According to Google analytics, the most popular pages on my site in the last month (as in most months) were:
  1. the video on how to use the simple solar wax melter
  2. the video on harvesting honey using the crush and strain method
  3. the video on building the small hive beetle trap
  4. the newbie questions at the beginning of keeping bees
  5. what's involved in a hive inspection
  6. how to install a nuc
Keeping a blog is a commitment I made to myself to force me to keep up with what was happening in my hives in a somewhat organized way. Having so many other people keep up with what I am doing makes it really a lot of fun.

Thank you, everyone, for the interest, the comments and the emails. I hope all of you who are beekeepers are having as much fun and learning as much as I am in the tiny world of the beehive.

Linda T

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  1. Your blog is the best! I keep a top bar hive, but your posts and videos are incredibly helpful. And inspiring, too. Thanks, and keep up the Great Work!

  2. I'm not a bee keeper but have been fascinated by the wealth of information you've shared. I've learned many cool things about bees that I share with my kids. Thanks for the commitment to your Blog and Bees!

  3. Anonymous5:01 PM

    Linda! You do such a great job with your bees and your blog and all your crazy projects!!
    I love following this blog and its wealth of information.
    Thanx and keep up the good work!

    Warren - Denmark

  4. Glenn F11:21 PM

    I am a new beekeeper this year and it took me a long time to get through all your posts. I used that as my study material for my certification (yes, I passed). I owe you a great deal of thanks for that. All of your photos have made it much easier for me to do my hive inspections since I'm so new at it. Best of luck to you.

  5. I love your blog Linda and visit often. I'm involved in web developing too so I really love the stats - they really do show you that you're being effective and helpful and I think that's the biggest reward ever. The stats are great because not everyone leaves a comment. Besides that it just makes you feel good to connect with others who share the same obsession - Honey bees!

    Speaking of honey bees, I'll be picking up my first 2 nucs next Thursday. I'm very excited to officially become a beekeeper!

  6. Anonymous11:33 PM

    Well you know Linda I am a very big fan of your blog. It is one place I check almost every day. Thanks for all the wonderful information you have shared with us over the years.

    Annette from Placerville California


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