I started this blog during December 2010 with a couple of goals in mind. First of all, I felt that not enough information was out there about biology in southeastern Ohio. The information that I was finding was either focused elsewhere, or not very recent. There was also a lack of information on natural history and insects, which I wanted to fix. Since I was in my third year of undergraduate study at that time and was learning about it first hand, I saw it as my responsibility to remedy that dearth of knowledge and share what I was learning myself.
Secondly, I wanted this information to be understandable to a wider audience than those that might read a scientific article. Not only that, I wanted it to be enjoyable to read. Don't get me wrong, I have read scholarly articles that have sent me into a raving furor because of how amazing they were. However, most people don't read those articles for fun. I see this blog as being a place where I can write about scientific subjects, but in a fun way that can be enjoyed by both scientists and other people not in a scientific field.
Thirdly, I wanted a place to improve my writing and knowledge, and to organize my ideas. I would read scientific articles and learn a lot from them, but I would eventually forget a good portion of what I read. I needed a way to remember what I was learning, and work on my writing skills. On top of that, I needed a way to organize it all: thus, this blog was born.
For the future, I expect to expand this blog: adding new entries, pages, and other relevant information as it comes along. I would like to add videos of what I do and find in the field, and also add more of the pictures I have taken. My number one goal will remain the dissemination of scientific information to the general public, and it will stay the driving force of this blog.