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That's Three Years of Posts

Updated: Aug 21, 2023

IA friend recently asked how I had time to write all these posts - I don't know that I had a very good answer. But this is three years of posts. Actually a bit more than three years but who's counting?

Nebraska Sandhills prairie
Nebraska Sandhills - from a work-related trip this summer. Love the big skies, it's a different blue out there.

For three years, I put out a post each week. I am not feeling the need, nor maybe the desire to do that going forward. The first goal was once a week for a year. Then for two years. Well, it's been 3 years and I've not made a four year goal. I may, or I may not keep up with it but at this moment, I am not feeling it. Maybe it is just writers block and the fact that field work this summer has taken a ton of my time. And soon the work I actually get paid to do will start taking up most of my time. Typically, I write a lot over the summer and during winter and spring breaks. I fill in a few more timely things here and there during the school year.

Net full of Brown Trout
Trout - lots and lots of trout. This net full - and many more - were from a day sampling with the WDNR.

Things change. Most notably, this started as a COVID project. Remember COVID? Yeah, I know it is still around but life is mostly back to normal, whatever that means for each and everyone. Work has changed, a lot. This summer was largely field work - more on that in an upcoming post - and less fishing than usual. Don't feel too bad for me though, I still probably fished more than you did. If not, good for you!

Graduate student snorkeling
Snorkel surveys - how I spent most of the last half of summer. (Yeah, we covered up the yellow...)

To do a bit of counting, in just a hair over three years, I have published 196 posts (and written, I think 194 of them). Another 116 are in draft form so I am not "out of ideas". Just have not had the time nor dedicated the time to complete them. To write a decently well supported post, it takes a good bit of time. And editing takes yet more time. I'm not sure I'll have that time and if I do, I'm not sure this is where I'll want to spend it. But we'll see...I have made no plans. It is certainly not the end but probably the end of a post a week. We'll see how that evolves - but for now, I'm going on a little vacation and not thinking about this blog or anything that resembles work.

In the meantime, the search function works. There is a ton there - some of it is pretty good...cheers!

As always, I am open to guest writers if their stuff fits the general theme of the blog.

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David Stakston
David Stakston
Aug 28, 2023

I've probably been your biggest critic but I grew up in a different era. With all the species going onto the Endangered, Threatened, and special concern lists in all our Driftless Area stream environments we definitely have to stop making "coevolution calamities" of our Driftless Area streams. P.S. The next time we meet we'll have to exchange our plan for a Driftless Area trout fishing hole with a food chain that will support (5) five brown trout over (20) twenty inches in all (4) four seasons, Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.

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