Hi Everybody! Some quick updates:
- I am moving! I’m moving back to the Midwest the first week of May, so will be out of touch for most of that week.
- I have a contract to do some work for a company I’m quite geeked about. I won’t know until June if it will become full-time with benefits, so I’m going to be really focusing a lot of energy on that. Keep your fingers crossed that works out and I can come back to blogging this summer. They know who Bug Girl is, and are totally OK with that. That’s a first!
- This Happened. I’m in the Library of Congress!!
That’s all for now–here’s some awesome buggy stuff to read while I’m trying to get my life sorted:
- Can we make stabby leaves to kill stabby bed bugs?
- The Daily Show covers pubic lice, with an awesome cameo from John Waters. And yeah, not really endangered. But very funny.
- You might not think there would be money in pretending to be an Entomology Society to rip off scientists. You would be wrong.
- A Monster Manticore from Mozambique! Sorta.
I wanted to update my regular readers about some upcoming changes here at the Bug Blog!
Diapause is a delay in development in insects. It’s usually in response to periods of adverse environmental conditions. After October 1, I’ll be on posting hiatus, and will close comments. I’ll also be dialing back the Bug Media Empire™ social streams a bit.
The really exciting thing?
YOU DON’T NEED ME ANYMORE.
Eight years ago there were no bug blogs. Hell, there weren’t that many nature-related blogs. But today? There is an amazing amount of writing and media related to entomology online. Just look at my list–which is still incomplete. I discover new blogs daily.
I’ve been working on giving all of you a brain dump about how to dominate insect social media for the last couple of weeks because I have learned a LOT of stuff in the 7 years I’ve been blogging. I want all of you to benefit from that.
I’m not leaving forever! I’ll still post at Skepchick as Bug Girl, and I’ll still be socializing on social media–just not as much as in the past. I need to spend more time on things I do with my real name in the real world. I serve as Webmaster for several non-profits, and they will be what I focus more energy on in the near future. I hope to also finally find time to finish up the bug blog survey project, and a few other dangling threads.
More rambling below the fold for those who are morbidly curious.