My first experience with keeping a log to understand what was happening in a small area of land came in the form of my Environmental Science badge as a young boy scout. At that time, you were supposed to spend several one-hour periods of observation in a small area of land and log everything you observed. I remember loving the remote location, but also feeling a bit lost as to how to log effectively. More importantly, it seemed very difficult to sort out what was relevant and what was just background noise. I ended up logging everything somewhat randomly until I had a jumbled mess of a notebook. Over the years, I got better at filtering and organizing, but I know other people who went for that same badge who avoided similar experiences thereafter because it put them off to the idea so badly.
I haven't read "Biotime Log" yet, so can't say to what degree it helps new folks find their feet. I'm sure it helps a lot with getting organized and creating something that isn't a jumbled mess of information where important details get lost in the white noise. That said, I wonder if there might be another product in existence as well out there. Does anyone know of logbooks or template pages for new observers? Something to help guide them through their first attempts to begin logging the world around them. I suspect that if it exists, it would be very helpful in getting new observers started down the path. If not, has anyone considered creating a biotime log starter book of some sort?