Forgive the cumbersome title – I’m not sure how to word this.
I am not a biologist, nor a scientist, nor a photographer, nor anyone really important. I’m just a lady with a little wild space in Mérida, Yucatán. During the pandemic, spending time in my little outdoor space became very important, and I started taking photos.
Due to border closures, my husband was stuck in another country with one of our sons, but during nightly Google chats, I would show him the day’s photos. He is the one who found iNaturalist for me, and so I began identifying the plants and insects in what I called the “garden” while I waited for them to be able to join us here, which almost two years later happened. Since I joined I have observed daily in my little wild space, with two forays to other locations (clearly marked, historical sites).
(Eventually the software produced an “ask”, and using the number stated for photo hosting, I calculated what I was costing iNaturalist and set up a recurring, annual donation. I am remiss though in not checking that this number is still accurate and adequate.)
But even if I am “covering my costs”, I don’t know if repeated, daily observations of I think probably banal insects and the occasional plant, bird, animal have any merit, and the recent outage makes me feel even more like I am draining an already overextended resource. 90% of my observations go unremarked, I have no actual followers (they are defunct accounts), and whn I have attempted to follow others, it has not produced a follow back, which I TOTALLY get! I’m not an expert, I have nothing to offer!
In short, I am considering deleting my account because it feels selfish to keep it. (I can torture people on Instagram with bad photos.) But because I am not a science person, I thought I would ask first, is there any value to these or have I, as I suspect, just been sucking up a resource I should not have been. (I am so so sorry.)