Beehooligans Advice: Don’t Give Advice

The internet, beekeeping clubs and associations are full of advice for beekeepers.  ESPECIALLY new beekeepers.  I do not, nor do I, as a general matter, recommend that Beehooligans engage in offering public advice.

Now, having several posts on social media, websites and videos in which I do offer advice on beekeeping, you might wonder what the heck I’m talking about.  Good question.  I have been teaching and training beekeepers and the public about bees for many years now.  There are generalities that I have shared over the years much as many others have.

However, one aspect of Beehooliganism I have learned over the years is that in teaching beekeeping as an individualized activity, I do not want to add to the confusion of newbees nor to the general mass “cloud” of of confusion that has become beekeeping online.

Beekeeping does indeed have shared general equipment, techniques, purposes and experiences that are important to know about.  However, knowing that information in the wrong context can ruin a beekeeper.  Perspective, context is EVERYTHING.

Beekeeping is individual.  Your beekeeping experience is up to you as you work to determine your purpose and reason for beekeeping,  As you set your own goals and objectives to meet while beekeeping.  You are using common equipment and methods but you are implementing them in ways to make your beekeeping successful in ways that make the most success for you, your bees and the environment in which you have your bees and do your beekeeping.

So now, I no longer participate in the online flood of general advice giving.  I wait, I watch, and I observe.  If someone asks me specifically for advice, I will ask them to discuss it one to one, not in public.  I will ask many questions before I answer the person’s question so that I understand the context and perspective of the beekeeper and the beekeeping experience in which the question comes from.  One question ould have theoretically dozens of possible correct answers depending on that perspective and context.  I want to help you get the best answer I can based on your experience.

I teach my apprentices and helpers, the Beehooligans, the same approach.  Answer the individual’s question, not the quesition in general.  The goal in Beehooliganism is ALWAYS to help improve the individual’s beekeeping.

Beehooligans definitely believe in sharing the beekeeping experience.  It makes beekeping more interesting and fun.  It’s awesome to have other people who do the same kinds of things you do, like playing with flying, stinging, insects.  However, it’s important to never forget that their beekeeping is their beekeeping and your beekeeping is your beekeeping, they are not, nor should they necessarily be the same thing.