A “welcome” post

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Though not the norm for bloggers, I thought I would create a post welcoming new folks here. Pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee (or your drink of choice), sit back, and do some reading. The blog offers a whole array of information, advice, tips, recommendations, interviews, and other nuggets. I hope that you find at least a few things interesting, useful, or helpful.

As I discuss a bit on my About This Blog page, true cichlid experts might not find a lot of new information here, but it’s not geared toward newbies either. What I try to bring you is a variety of information about cichlid keeping to think about and consider, much of which centers around my own experience. I do interviews with many folks connected to the hobby – from amateur hobbyists to business people in the industry. Check out the previous interviews here. What you won’t find here are very many cichlid profiles. While I will share with you information about specific species, this is more within the context of those that I keep or have kept. There are plenty of other websites that provide biological, ecological, and taxonomical details of nearly all species.

The blog is a couple of years old, and I try to post something at least every other day (though sometimes work gets in the way). There is a Search box on the right that does a pretty good job mining the site. What you won’t find on the blog are advertisements of any kind, and that’s for three reasons: 1) I don’t do this for financial gain, 2) I don’t want to be beholden to anyone about the content, and 3) I don’t want stuff cluttering up the site. I don’t know about you, but I hate going to sites that have blinking, scrolling ads or pop-ups and such. You won’t see any of that here. There won’t be anything to distract you from why you’re here in the first place.

I welcome feedback and I’m happy to engage with you. My only request is that you be respectful and civil, both in your comments on posts or your messages to me directly. You don’t have to agree with anything on the site but if you read something that makes you ponder for a minute or two, then maybe it was worth it. If you have an interview recommendation, a suggestion for the site, or anything else, just give me a shout. Visit my FAQ page and use the Contact form to shoot me a message. I love hearing from readers.

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