We’re back! I don’t know for how long, but I hope to post a bit more frequently than, you know, not at all. Long story made very short, I’ve been working long hours to keep the flock supplied with toys, and focussing on them when I’m home, rather than posting. Ptak loathes any device that takes my attention away from him, being a proper parrot. Mavi is admittedly not too keen, either, though he does enjoy posing for blog pictures. But life is good, in spite of the odd broken bone (mine), and a general lack of free time.
Although I keep up with a number of my favourite blogs, what inspired me to get back to Students with Birds was one little ping from my mobile. Upon checking it, I discovered several notifications and an influx of views from WordPress! As it turns out, this little parrot blog has gone a bit viral, at least as highly specialised, serious, and somewhat controversial sites go. My daily visitors number in the thousands – which isn’t much, unless you write about topics that most people don’t know or care about.
With the surge in popularity, I also happen to have haters! These are mercifully few and far between. I truly appreciate different opinions (this is, after all, what makes us human, and I do love a good debate), but less so the apparent attitude of ‘I can’t articulate WHY I disagree, so I’ll throw as many insults as I can think up.’ Still, it doesn’t get me down, because it means I’ve won – I’ve made someone think, in the end.
So here is a sincere thank-you to everyone who has liked, commented, shared, followed, or even just stopped by to read. I will try to catch up with everyone’s comments and questions this week! In the meantime, the flock – aka Mavi and Ptak – would like to issue a very grand gesture of their own (ahem). They wish me to convey how much they enjoy having
minions fans, and would like to give their thanks to everyone who’s stopped by.
In case you’d like to catch up, the article that has garnered so much attention is one of my favourites: Seven Reasons Why Parrots are Not Good Pets. I mean, if any one were to be passed around by folks, I’m grateful it’s this one. Controversial, yes. But also one I wish everyone could read. It needs to be said.
And lest you think I am a cold-hearted parrot-hater, here is a follow-up article in the series: Why I Love Parrots as Companion Animals, because truth is, I adore these little buggers. They may drive me nuts sometimes, but they are also dear to me beyond any words.
If there is a topic you’d like to see here, feel free to get in touch. Comments and questions are also always welcome, even if you just want to state your side of things! Just remember to respect others (plus, bonus, you’re more likely to make your point and convince people that way).