The other day I went through my blogs tab on my web browser. I have bookmarked over a hundred blogs that I have come across in the past couple years or so. At the top of the list are the ones that I visit often, that list consists of about 8-10 sites. The rest of the list are sites that I have found interesting, but seriously I can't read that many blogs in a day, I just don't have that kind of time. So , I decided to start going up the list and visiting everyone of the blogs to see which were even are still active anymore and delete them. I knew that I would find a few, but was a little surprised to find that most of the blogs were not active. Most of the blogs had a last post of 9 months to a year or so, some two years. Then I started to wonder, why does this happen? Why pour your time into something and then just stop? Of course I know the quick answers, Life happens? Low visitors or comments? Not enough time? You become disillusioned with woodworking or blogging? You stop woodworking? Or you die?
I know blogs are like people. Every day more come into this world and everyday many die off. It's just the circle of life for blogging. But it also makes me wonder if woodworking as a whole is having, in some way, a quick turnover of new woodworkers and how many that may be? What I mean are people that jump into woodworking, maybe because of a blog they saw or video they watched, get so excited they start a blog, and then just give up on everything because of a lack of community. Lack of involvement with others, lack of interest, lack of skill or encouragement.
I don't know if this post really has a point, but if it does it would be this.
One. When you visit someones blog, leave a comment. Even if it is just a quick good job, or thanks for sharing, it might just save a blog or two. And more importantly a woodworker.
I hope others out there decide to start some blogs, not that we are in short supply, but just so we can all meet new woodworkers from around the world and share this art, hobby, craft, or trade of woodworking.
And don't forget to stop by and check out Wood Talk Online , I am sure you won't regret it. And no, no one has asked me to advertise Wood Talk, I do it because I believe in the site, that is all.
Now get in the shop and have some fun.