Remember Google Reader? Remember how much we all loved it? This was totally the way I organized my sewing blogs. This was how I kept up with friends. And when Reader went away, I had a tough time getting back on the horse.
There are some blogs I know and love and type the URL into my browser to go straight there. Others, though, I found through links or Pinterest or tips from someone else, and I saved them–to my Reader. When Reader went away, we all had the chance to export our lists, and could transfer our blogs over to another reader. Problem was, like so many folks, my Reader had gotten a little bloated, and I just had WAY too many blogs to move over. I wanted to start fresh.
We never know how great we have it until we don’t have it any more, right? I thought I was so smart! Dumping all my old list and starting from scratch! But I lost a lot of great links in the process, and I feel like I don’t see some of the really amazing things going on around the sewing blog internet now. So much of my interaction with other sewing folks has moved to Instagram, which I do adore–it’s true micro-blogging, and gives us all a chance to share a SINGLE image (no more laborious tutorials!) and get instant gratification (no more waiting for comments to appear!). But I miss the DEPTH of content I found on all those blogs, you know? The more thoughtful posts.
They’re still out there, but as someone who still writes semi-regularly, I find I have vastly fewer interactions on individual posts than I used to. I hate blogs that have turned into a zillion giveaways and product promotions, and I’ve worked hard not to have mine become that–and still, fewer people come by and leave a comment or interact than they used to. Traffic hasn’t gone down all that much–folks are still coming and LOOKING–but comments are way down, and that’s such a bummer.
There have been piles of articles written about this phenomenon, but I wonder about sewing blogs specifically. Do you think that sewing blogs are losing steam? Or are outdated? Are sewing blogs a thing of the past, and people really just want to skip from place to place and find resources without really interacting?
I’d love to hear what you think. How do you view and interact with sewing blogs these days–regularly, or as a periodic resource? And for the very few blogs that you wait longingly to see a new post on, WHAT IS IT that makes you mentally bookmark that blog, no Reader necessary, and head back again and again?
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