You know what they say about curiosity and the cat. Well, my curiosity just wouldn't let this go. My mind kept rambling over the idea that many people that I began blogging with no longer were doing so or were doing far less frequently. I thought about how life changes and along with it our priorities, interests and responsibilities. Do I dare say passions change? I doubt they do because I really think one of the requisites of owning a passion is that it can consume you and never let you go. It can take a recess but will always resurface. Those types of thoughts kept rambling around the gray matter until curiosity got the best of this ole cat.
I have picked three very popular, well known bloggers who have been around for over a decade each. They have large followings and large blog rolls exhibited in their sidebars. No judgies here, just using their sidebars to establish some facts. I then did a spreadsheet with their blogrolls to see if my thoughts held any weight. Here is what I found out:
Combined, the three Divine Sewing Bloggers had a total of 115 individual blogs listed for following in their blogrolls. I did no overlaps. Of the 115 blogs researched......
- 55 are currently and regularly blogging, less than half, :(
- 3 of them have not posted for one month, hmmm, that could be me,,,,,,,,
- 33 have not posted in 6 months, one of which was a business
- 18 have not posted in one year and 6 of those were businesses
- 17 appear to be gone forever and I can't even find their blogs
What I am gleaning here is that there is an original bunch that still currently enjoys blogging none of which are promoting businesses. That is how the original blogosphere functioned and was enjoyed. You could click and read your favorites and not be bombarded by ads, popups, demanding links, etc. It was just prime content and substance all about sewing, real meat. I have to add in here a few of my old faves that I sorely miss are the Sewing Divas, still searchable, and Pins and Needles with Summerset Banks. These blogs, and certainly others, were rife with inspiration and quality. Those were the days, my friends..........but with all things technological, times change.
Also notable is the amount of bloggers that used their blogs for promotion that have disappeared. I think your heart has to be in to blogging as much as it is in to the subject you are blogging about. I can't imagine disliking writing, taking pictures and then turning it into a business about something I love. Talk about taking the fun out of something. I totally get that cut and run. I frequent FB sewing pages and there has been some buzz here and there by newbie sewists about blogs, real blogs. They are heavily discussing and sharing who has the content and who is worth the time. Here is what I've learned. Newbie sewist/blog readers do not like promoted blogs. They do like sewing content with technique and inspiration. They do not like self promotion as in wannabe model blogs with no discussion of the pattern, construction, etc. They are tired of blogs by indie designers and find them boring, quoting here. Again, they are discovering blogs with quality content and passing it on among themselves as a great way to learn sewing. I love this. In the early days of the indie pattern blitz I saw, as did others, a definite bit of age discrimination. This came up several times on PR. There was no need for it. Now I see a coming together, a respect for what more experienced sewists can share and an appreciation for our newer sewists and where they are coming from with their busy lives and often limited budgets, not that that can't happen to those of us of a different age. I do want to shout out to Mallory and Zede Donahue of the Self Sewn Wardrobe and their podcast, a mother daughter team that have been machine dealers, teachers and now have their FB page, fabric store, teach, podcasts, etc etc. They really show a love of sewing and sharing between the generations and I highly recommend it to all. They are both skilled and have such delightful and different viewpoints. I think the days of that generation divide among sewists is over!!!!Thanks, Zede and Mallory.
Also notable, the number of blogs that now seem permanently gone. Thank you for your efforts. If you made it to the blogroll of the three bloggers I used, you were good! We miss you. We know that life changes. I just pray that you are all healthy and getting life's dreams fulfilled and if you still love sewing, it fills your hours. On the other side of this equation, there are many, many new bloggers I now enjoy that I didn't a year ago. I love being able to click on names in a sidebar or in a link I've found that are new to me. I promise I will clean up my own roll and share them with you. I have lost my old blog roll, in one of my transitions, but will start fresh. If you feel I missed you and you are currently blogging, PLEASE let me know.
That is the Where Are They Now spreadsheet. Your thoughts and experiences? Suggestions for bloggers?