I don't know about everyone else, but I visit quit a few blogs just about everyday. I only expect a few of those blogs will actually be updated every single day, and many times I am just looking back over comments and conversations that are happening in response to posts. In general I think people try to update there blogs at least weekly or bi-weekly, which I don't mind. Many of us are really busy with the house, the kids, work, family, or a host of other activities. Some bloggers might not even list woodworking as one of their main hobbies, so I get the gaps in posts.
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.
Two. If you are a new blogger or woodworker and don't know other woodworkers, join an on-line community. Good example. Wood Talk Online , this community is a good one, very respectful people and a great place to learn things and ask questions. Though I have not participated to much on that site, I am going to remedy that starting today. I strongly suggest that if you don't have a good support group of woodworkers around you at home, you should have a good support group online.
Three. If you decide you want to start a blog, realize that if you are not actively working in your shop at least 3-4 days or evenings a week, you more than likely will not have enough content for blog posts to keep it going for very long. Having a blog or making videos is not something most people do to get rich, most of us do not make much money if any at all. We spend hours writing post, shooting videos, editing videos and loading all of it onto the internet for others to enjoy or per chance learn from. It is not easy to keep going , but it can be very rewarding with the people you meet and the things that you will learn.
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.