There’s A New Sheriff Around Here

Congratulations are in order.  Big Bear got the great idea to hire an Editor-In-Chief to handle the Bee Smart website.  So beecause I proved myself so handy at beeing a, well let’s face it, I was a mascot, I have been given a shot at running the whole show here.

Life as a drone isn’t all that it’s cracked up to bee.  Yes, I know I’m small for a drone and yes, he makes me wear that prosthetic stinger.   Still , it’s significantly better than life in the hives.  Sure, there’s all the hang time with the fellas and you get to hang out in pretty much any hive you want.  It’s kind of like what you call living like a rock star.  All the girls giving you attention, free food whenever you want, crash anyplace, chasing all the best bee girls, every one of them is like a queen.

Oh sure, we die when we finally manage to catch up and spend some quality time with one of those queens.  But hey, what a way to go, am I right?

But then, oh they don’t tell you about this when you crawl out of the cell day one.  Oh no, when the weather goes cold, it’s like zombee apocalypse time for drones in the hive.  It’s like every single worker is out to kill you.  IT’S CRAZY I SAY!!!

So, thanks, but no thanks.  I found my way out of that craziness and landed a sweet job working for Big Bear here at Bee Smart as the “Public Relations Representative”.  Yeah, I was a mascot.  That’s alright though.  I’ve been reading and watching all kinds of fascinating documentaries on people.  This YouTube thing is wild.  You humans are a trip.

So here I am, the new Editor-in-Chief of Bee Smart beekeeping project.  On the surface, my main job is to keep everyone informed and entertained.  “Keep the content flowing like honey.” is what the Bear told me.

Beehind the scenes though, really, have you ever tried to keep a bunch of A Type personality beekeepers like the bunch we have here on task?  It’s like herding Aphids.  No cooperation at all, I’m here ta tell ya.

I think you’ll like what we have planned in the upcoming days, weeks and months ahead.  Lot’s of news captured from the web, curated and posted here for you.  Original articles on anything and everything to do with bees, beekeepers and beekeeping and anything else like honey, beeswax, woodworking, gardening for bees…  You get what I mean.

Of course we can’t forget the podcasts.  Or the videos.  Let’s not forget the monthly newsletter for Patrons too.  Whew.  I just started this job and I’m already tired just thinking about it.  I don’t know now if it was a promotion or punishment.

 

The Bee Smart Podcast Crew Has A New Regular – YappyBeeman

Beecause we’re always looking for awesome people who can have fun in this wild beekeeping world we work in, JP brought us a fella who’s a natural fit for the Bee Smart Podcast Crew.

Beginning soon, “Yappy” AKA Travis Ulbrich, will bee joining us on the weekly podcast and you will find select examples of his work among our various and sundry postings. with plenty of links to show you even more of the cool stuff he does with bees.

Thank you for stepping in to the Bee Smart community and Yappy, we know you’ll bee right at home here.

 

Thieves steal hundreds of beehives primed to pollinate Central Valley almonds

Montana beekeeper Lloyd Cunniff shipped his 488 hives of bees in fresh, new pallets to Northern California in late December, hoping to pollinate acres of almond trees in the Central Valley.

Source: Thieves steal hundreds of beehives primed to pollinate Central Valley almonds

Would you Like To Bee A Hero?

The Bee Smart beekeeping project was started with the lofty goal of being a mixed media content creator that specializes in presenting useful, interesting and entertaining content about all things bees, beekeepers and beekeeping.

We need help to make that happen.  We need YOUR help.  How can you help?  I’m glad you asked.  Here are some ways you can help us, help you:

  • Become a Patron of the Bee Smart beekeeping project by clicking our handy button on the website and included at the bottom of most posts and pages here.  If you like our work and want to see us continue to bring our best, we can sure use you as a Patron.
  • Become a Sponsor with one-time Sponsorships of specific objectives.  When we do our “Big” videos, record podcasts and hold special live events there are some specific extra costs that we need to cover to handle things like obtaining specific, appropriate equipment, travel expenses, and sometimes to hire a specialist or pay one of our talented team for all the time, effort and creativity they are expending on this very worthwhile pursuit.  All Sponsors are proudly listed in credits and on the website here to let the word know we didn’t did this alone, we needed YOU and YOU came through for us in a BIG way.  Look for the Sponsorship “Sub-Page” under the “Meet the Team” listing on the website menu for more information.
  • SHARE, share,  then share some more.. Please share the posts and links we send out on Facebook, Google Plus, Twitter and LinkedIn.  The more people who beecome aware of Bee Smart and the great content we offer, the more people we can bee useful to and maybe even find more Patrons and Sponsors.

Bringing You The Best Of The Buzz On Bees, Beekeepers and Beekeeping

Here at the Bee Smart beekeeping project, we want to bee the best we can bee.  A large part of that is working to bring you interesting, useful and entertain original content.

Beeginning today, Bee Smart beegins the next phase of bringing forth the buzz by doing a bit of news aggregation.  Meaning, we scour the world wide web every morning looking for noteworthy news and put it all together here in one place for you.   Beecause of that, we’ve also added a new category area to search in our posts, “Bee Newsworthy”

You will notice that we have already posted some interesting tidbits pulled from various news sources that we think you will find fits our description of “useful, interesting and entertaining”.

Later today, you will still get some of our original content as you are becoming used to seeing as well.  I hope you enjoy the news and notes here.  I know I like them.

 

Do you like our work?

Where Does Bee Smart’s Content Come From?

The Bee Smart beekeeping project is essentially the informational arm of my work as a professional apiarist.  My “Hands On” work is communicated through the BBE-Tech Apiary Services website but everything to do with teaching, doing presentations and making content available about all things bees, beekeepers and beekeeping that is informative, useful and (I hope) entertaining is done here on the Bee Smart beekeeping project.

The vast majority of content is produced, edited, written and recorded by yours truly.  Why?  Because I like to facilitate and help people be successful in their chosen area.  If I can facilitate a successful experience and make a living at the same time, albeit not a “Grand” living, color me ecstatic.

I leave the door open for some special collaborators on this project, namely JPtheBeeman, Schawee, Beekeeper of the swamp and Antnee G, to write, send in video and collaborate on audio projects as much or as little as their hearts desire.  I bee-lieve in the work all those folks do and if I can help them get their awesome content out to others even moreso, by golly I’m there.

Having said that, they are not “paid” employees or contributors.  They are not expected to do anything they do not choose to do here.  If they find it easier and accomodatable to post content here without the worries of managing a website or other such tasks, then I have done my little bit in fair trade with them perhaps for that awesome content.

In regard to other potential contributors, I’d absolutely LOVE to be able to pay for awesome content others are capable of bringing to the table.  In the future, as we gain more patrons and grow our earnings, we will have the budget to pay people for extraordinary contributions.  In the meantime though, I won’t be the next Huffington Post and pay people in “exposure” because I think that’s just dishonest.

If there is a way I can barter or trade with a potential contributor short of $ and you are willing to discuss it, talk to me, let’s make magic happen.  But it’s your choice entirely.

As for me, I will work hard to continue to bring you the best content that is useful, informative and (hopefully) entertaining about all things bees, beekeepers and beekeeping that I can and earn your patronage.

 

How Does Bee Smart Stand Out From The Crowd?

There is a lot of useful beekeeping related content out in the world.  there is a lot of informative beekeeping content out there as well.  Yes, thanks in large part to YouTube, there is a LOT of entertaining content pertaining to beekeeping as well.

People are out there, creating content that usually falls into one of those categories.  Sometimes a few will cover more than one of those categories.  The first way Bee Smart strives to stand on its own in content presentation is to bring together things that fit all three of those categories as much as possible.  When we create unique content, that is our first objective, to make it useful, informative and entertaining.

Another way we work to bee unique is that because we know there are people already out there creating some great content, we have no plans to re-invent the wheel if it’s not necessary.  I comb the web to see what’s already out there and if someone already has a wonderful video, audio or written presentation, what we want most to do is to make sure we can get that information in front of as many people as possible.  We will try whenever possible to contact those people to allow us to add it to our links and lists of cool stuff.   If we cannot obtain their permission or make contact, then we will consider making our own version of it (NOT taking theirs and we will ALWAYS give credit where it is due) because we think it’s worth people knowing about.

Thirdly, most beekeeping related content falls into the “How To” category of things, which is awesome.  However, while we want people to see the “How To” or the advice or the great tips, tricks and hacks people have to share out there, we think there is something just as important and sometimes even more important to us that doesn’t get done nearly enough.

What is that, you ask?  Why it’s you.  It’s showing the people side of everything.  Sharing information about the “tech” side of things is all well and good, but to fully appreciate anything, it truly helps to see it in context of the experiences of the people who are doing these things.  I think this is where Bee Smart will shine brightest.  Bring the experiences and stories of the people in beekeeping and beekeeping related areas as well as what they are doing in regards to innovation, creation and education.

Do You Want To Learn About Bees, Beekeepers and Beekeeping?

Bringing The Bee Life To You

The Bee Smart beekeeping project is available to bring a special live and multimedia presentation to your school, organization or business in the Omaha/Metro area in Nebraska.

We have two options to offer depending on your needs.

Option 1:  Bee Educated

The Bee Smart beekeeping project will bring a combination of a live presentation with a video presentation to show participants about the incredible things bees and beekeepers do.  This presentation can last from 1 to 2 hours depending on group size.

We can bring a live portable bee display (bees cannot get out) only between May 1 and September 15th otherwise we have a photo and video display of a live bee hive and a selection of honey samples, beeswax item samples and plenty of useful, informative and useful information available to bring out all year long.

Cost for this interactive and entertaining presentation is based on number of participants.  Call Big Bear to schedule this exciting presentation at 402-370-8018 or email us at:

beesmart@bbe-tech.com

Option 2: Bee Adventurous

The Bee Adventurous presentation is designed to be a 4 to 8 hour presentation booth with a live observation hive of bees (bees cannot get out), a real professional beekeeper to talk with visitors to the booth and plenty of real honey and beeswax product samples.

Cost for this interactive and entertaining presentation is based on number of participants.  Call Big Bear to schedule this exciting presentation at 402-370-8018 or email us at:

beesmart@bbe-tech.com