We’ve established revisiting the Project 313 offerings is primarily an exercise in laziness, but it’s also because I’m busy with stuff. Ain’t ‘stuff’ a great word? I use it for all manner of things since it can encompass pretty much anything.

So, where were we? Ah, yes . . . we’re approaching the teens. Post No. 011 and Post No. 012 are short offerings. Aside from the photos, cartoons, and doodles, there are few words, but, even if succinct, you’ll find quirky takes on both pressing and mundane topics.

In Post No. 013, I comment on what — four years later — is still a common issue with ‘newer’ blogs, although I’ve encountered the same thing in some longer-running blogs. What is it?

You should click on the link and read the post, but, in brief, it’s the lack of — or, incomplete — ‘About’ page. Why does this matter?

The background for these posts can be found in THIS post.

In brief, these posts serve to introduce new readers — and reintroduce regular readers — to photos from the early days of this blog and, occasionally, to photos from days before this blog came into existence.

Today, I offer a gallery with 365 photos originally shared in THESE posts. In January 2014 I started a series entitled Untitled Posts. You can read more about the series in the Untitled Post — Epilogue post which summarizes the effort, which was an experiment of sorts. I wanted to see if daily posts would increase my readership, and I wanted to see if short posts with just photos would increase my readership.

From it, I learned that no matter what I tried, the number of actual visitors remained fairly constant at about 25 per day. Occasionally it would jump to 30, or drop to 20, and that’s still the case eight years later despite my subscriber numbers having more than tripled since then.

I learned pictures with no words got me about the same amount of engagement (comments) as some of my more elaborate and descriptive posts.

Basically, it confirmed that no matter what I did, I wasn’t going to increase readership, and that’s fine.

There are many sites that purport to advise bloggers on how to significantly increase traffic, but I don’t read their advice because it boils down to being lucky and or striking the public’s fickle interest. Only a few things reliably affect readership: porn, religion, and politics. Really, it’s only porn since religion and politics are basically different manifestations of porn.

Anyway, on to the gallery of 365 photos.

B29 Superfortress

“Why 365?”

Let’s begin with THIS<<link notice from the Illinois DNR. Basically, it’s a warning about the EA H5N1 strain of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) currently impacting some wild and domestic bird species. As a result, they recommend stopping the use of bird feeders and birdbaths until the end of May. I’ll have additional important information at the end of the post. (See what I did there? I used the ole “Details at 11:00” ruse to maybe have a few additional readers stick around until the end.)

I like birds, so on April 22nd I pulled all my feeders and emptied my birdbaths. But, not before I sat outside for a few hours photographing birds from my covered patio. This then is a post harkening back to the posts of yore, when I used to publish long posts with lots of photos. Posts that few people read, and even fewer readers stuck with it to the end.

If I use all the photos I post-processed, I’ll end up with 104 photos in this post (I had nearly 300 photos), but because some photos are similar to each other, I’ll probably have a tad fewer than that . . . but still more than what current readers might be used to.

Right! Let’s begin with a White-throated Sparrow . . .

The background for these posts can be found in THIS post.

In brief, these posts serve to introduce new readers — and reintroduce regular readers — to photos from the early days of this blog and, occasionally, to photos from days before this blog came into existence. And, like today, relatively recent photos.

Today, I offer a gallery with 192 photos originally shared in THIS post and it’s about Pueblo’s Weisbrod Aircraft Museum, in Pueblo, Colorado.

The Museum commemorates the site of Pueblo’s WW II B-24 training base which was in operation from 1942 through 1946.

There is a lot of information, donated artifacts, and history on display in two indoor hangars and a modest outdoor display.

B29 Superfortress

I’m a sucker for air museums and this one was a pleasant surprise.

I recently had a few conversations about editing. I’ve written about it before, and not much has changed. What did I write before? Well, for them bored and/or curious, HERE I wrote a little about editing as part of my application for the Viable Paradise workshop. There’s also a bit on editing in THIS post about self-publishing. And there’s stuff about the same tools I’ll be mentioning below in THIS post.

The tools I’m referencing are Grammarly and ProWritingAid. The pricing plans for those apps are HERE and HERE, respectively. Before I proceed, let me categorically state I have no monetary interest or relationship with either of those companies. I’m just a user of their products.

Occasionally, this past Winter, I spied a Robin-sized bird with striking plumage. I snapped a few photos of it, but few were any good. The bird is the Brown Thrasher, and I live right at the edge of its year-round range.

Before I proceed, a quick reminder about the two polls currently open. One is for the Random Title Challenge Round 2 Submissions (HERE), and the other is to pick a title for Round 3 (HERE). If you’ve not done so — and if you feel so inclined — we’d appreciate your votes. Thanks.

And now, on with the bird stuff.

That’s my neighbor’s junky landscaping. It’s a tad unsightly but I don’t mind because many birds forage there. They come for the seeds of various weeds, the bugs, and for material for their nests.