This post is fuelled by my bad conscience and some comments from my last post.
It seemed that there is a general sense of more blogs closing down compared to new ones surfacing. This discussion got plenty of really thoughtful comments.
Some of the comments made me sad. Not because they were written in a harsh language or were rude in any way, but because they were from people who had experienced so little interest in their blog that they decided to shut it down.
I think that all people deserve a chance, and one of the comments was that some of the more established blogs could be better at promoting new blogs.
That particular comment was spot on regarding my blog. (Not that my blog is the most read or best established). But I have a pretty short list of blogs that I follow compared to many other blogs.
My thoughts regarding this list have always been that I couldn't honestly claim to follow a list of 50 blogs. Those that are on the list I really do try to read whenever I have switched on a computer.
I guess that back when I started the blog I also thought the blogs that I read would sort of "define me" in the woodworking community. Kind of similar to what car you drive and what music you listen to etc. - rather childish when I think about it, but it is the fact.
Besides, if I stated that I read a blog, I felt like I should be able to recommend it. If I didn't like to read it, then I probably wouldn't recommend it. Because I was afraid that if someone followed one of my leads to a blog and those people didn't like what they read, well, then maybe they would take me for a total untrustworthy fraud. So sticking to a couple of proven blogs and a few new ones seemed like a safe bet.
But.. I do read other blogs too, and some of those are well written and informative, but I just never seem to get around updating my blog list, also due to my idea that I should really read the ones on my list.
I remember back when starting my blog, if a "real new person", i.e. not one of your close friends, but someone you had never met commented on you blog. That feeling was fantastic. And the first time your status system revealed that a couple of readers had found you from another real woodworking blog. Not some shady pizzaunderwearexoticdate.com robot site. When you clicked on that link and saw the name of your blog mentioned in someones blog list - wow it was just like having the correct answer in chemistry class.
I would like other bloggers to experience that feeling, so I am going to make a new list on my blog called "blogs you should try to read". And I'll try my best to become better at updating this list, and comment on not so well established blogs.
If by doing that I can make someones day a bit brighter - well then it has all been worth it.
Being on one or the other of my blog lists shouldn't be seen as a quality stamp or lack of the same, but merely a fact concerning how often I have read it
So please don't feel offended if you blog appears on the "blogs you should try to read" list. It is NOT my way of pointing out which blogs are more established than others.