When I blogged “Bees RIP” I got three times as many hits as usual for a posting within a few hours. I now understand why “there’s no news like bad news”. However, I thought a sensationalist headline like “Talking With Bees Gets Published” might drum up some interest too.
But firstly, I’ll update you on the bees – yes, I actually have bees again. Hive One: a Queen should have hatched out last Saturday and hopefully mated this week. Hive Two: contains Pete’s old Queen but on my last inspection, due to aggressive behaviour (by the bees) and a beekeeping suit that I have discovered allows bee stings through (!!! do they all do this??) I don’t have any further update.
Below is a photo of the two Queen bee larvae I culled from Hive One. I left two emergency Queen cells.
Rather than blogging the details of my inspections, I have started publishing the hive records under My Apiary.
So yes, crikey, someone liked my ramblings enough to put them in print.
Now, I have spent a lot of time researching and writing about my thoughts on bees and perhaps the odd thought about people liking my thoughts and somehow getting a paragraph published in a beekeeping magazine one day. But despite all the effort, the phone is not abuzz from bee publishers. Ironically it seems the one post I devoted to updating you guys on becoming a father (a process that involves no research whatsoever) is the one that grabbed the attention.
My wife Heidi was completing a National Childbirth Trust (NCT) feedback form where they asked if anyone wanted to write about their experiences as a new Mum or Dad. She sent them a link to my post On Being A Dad and they liked it enough to include it in the Spring issue of their magazine.
Now it might not be the acclaim for all the hard work and devotion I have paid to this beekeeping pursuit that I was hoping for, but I reckon it still counts for me claiming to be a published author!
I can but dream of the phone call from the BBKA or Bee Craft asking, “hey, we love your stuff, please, please, please can we publish some of your articles?”
“Oh, go on then.”