No one reads blogs anymore. (warning rant alert & giveaway to apologize)
May 13, 2009
Actually, people do read blogs. Me. And if you are like me, you are reading 20+ blogs daily. I think it’s wonderful that people are becoming bloggers. I like the fact that for me, it forces me to stay on top of correct spelling and grammar. Not to mention that it forces me to finish craft projects faster. I understand that most blogs are not like mine and I doubt anyone would want a blog to be like mine, anyway, but:
Many a craft blogs I find drift more into other things, and less of craft. Now, cooking is a craft in itself. But I doubt that a gourmet chef would call his culinary masterpiece a “craft.” Plus when I think of food and craft, in my head immediately comes the image of powdered cheese in a blue box. So why are you including that new bread recipe or whatever Martha Stewart just came up with on your blog? If we are interested in cooking, we are probably checking out actual gourmet cooking sites for those recipes. I’m a random housewife. Do you want me to give you cooking advice? No, I didn’t think so. And you have created your own etsy showcase. The problem with that is that I spend a huge part of my morning on etsy and have already found everyone in your showcase weeks ago. But I am sure the sellers appreciate the attention. Have they sold more from your promotion? Do they give you a cut of the profits? Do they even come back to read your blog? And yes, family is a huge part of crafting. I can tell that walk you took with your dog the first day of spring was just priceless. It’s just that the tree in your picture looks just like the one in my neighborhood, so, yawn. And your blog is also a way for your family to see pictures of your kids and everything but, do you really make your relatives check out your craft blog to keep in touch with you? I get creeped out by what happens with photos of children on the internet. My extended family lives no where near me and are actually spread across six countries! Yes, christmas cards are a bitch. Damn Irish Catholics and their seven kids each. They all get sent actual photographs and are regularly emailed the updated link to a private flickr and youtube account with new images of us.
So what is the actual craft blog etiquette? Do you response to all your comments? Do you expect to be responded to either via email or a comment on your blog in return? Or both? Why didn’t you tell me that you wouldn’t post my comment if I mentioned that I was going to try to make what you just made. Wouldn’t want your other readers to get any ideas now. “If they can make it without buying my pattern, I’ll never get that book deal.” Oh noooooooooooooooo! What about a comment on your blog thanking you for leaving a comment on their blog?
That’s cool if you want to give out your history or personal information on your blog. But then when someone comments you or says something personal in relation to your post, why do you act like we are stalking you in your response? Or sometimes, you have taken up such a huge following, you don’t even read the 152 comments people have left at all. If you have blogrolled a gazillion other craft blogs, please check the links. Most of them don’t work or belong to people who are no longer blogging. There is nothing cooler than promoting a dead blog and you’ve made it obviously that you don’t even read the blogs you link. I don’t want to read about how you haven’t posted lately. I don’t want to read about your trip to the grocery store. Isn’t that what twitter and facebook are for? Has reality television been replaced with reality blogs? We all have our own lives. Hopefully I can entertain you with my blog and perhaps inspire creativity (I’m reaching on that one obviously) but you have your own life that is probably a lot more interesting than mine. And if it isn’t, then blogging and reading blogs isn’t going to make it more interesting either. You don’t want to read about my life or anyone else’s in order to compare. They will never. Show us your talent. Show us what you made. Hell, show me how you made that same item that inhabitots featured and how you made it cooler/cheaper, whatever. Let’s get to the real point:
Not blogging for blogging’s sake (GIVEAWAY)
Most times you aren’t even reading blogs, just strolling through pictures until you see something cool. It’s a fact that we have become the A.D.D. generation. So I will try to always post something crafty. Don’t worry, I won’t be taking photos of doors or yarn. I’m sticking to craft only and not craft supplies! If I don’t have something crafty to show or tell, or if I am “wordless” then I just won’t post. I won’t have any special photos of colors, either. I’m not looking to bore you with images of fabric or candles or muffins. I can show you the piles of scraps that I have, but I know you only really want to see the finished product. If you’re looking for inspirational context, sorry, it ain’t here. I’m not going to get sappy or emotional either. I have emotions, don’t get me wrong but I’m not looking for compassion from the internet. Isn’t that an oxymoron? It’s just that I only got so much time, and the power’s dying on my laptop, and you’re off to the next craft blog anyway. Keep it moving people. Okay, here, have a cupcake. I will send this treat out to one lucky commenter. And I’ll throw in some felt cookies too. Last day for your word is: Sunday, June 7th.
This post has been edited numerous times to be the least offensive as possible.
Thank you for your understanding.
And hey, you at the uk etsy friends flickr group. Join the discussion here, or at least make your group open to everyone so we can join yours. I want to be a friend of uk esty sellers, too!
And 18 is the lucky number for the draw and that is:
Anne! Thanks to everyone for your thoughts! You rock.