Often when I read what ever forum I think what a mesh! Focus on everything even if issue has no meaning for bees either for beekeeper. It is like to twist teeth of stamps.
It depends on philosofhy like Michael says. Yes it is. There are many philosophies:
* killing time
* loving nature
* do only natural way
* get honey
* earn some money
* have interest hobby
* have job
* no idea, just have hives on yard
To mix all this good in one basket leads beginners into big mess.
In our country 30% from beekeepers have finished beekeeping. It happened after varroa arrived. Another reason seems to be that professional beekeeprs sell more and more honey and we buy food from big malls. Small beekeepers have difficulties to sell their yield. To many beekeeping is not nice hobby, it turns towards pain.
Few talks about pastures. Yes, hives are on backyard - what pastures?
But honey comes from pastures, from flowers. It is same what you do with frames and combs.
Beekeeping on beginners level seems to be more mess than some procedure. It is more and more "equipment sports" without goal. - Sorry!
But keep cool! DON'T DO LIKE I SAY BUT USE YOUR OWN BRAINS!