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Sunday Musings

Just a bit of a random post today. I was feeling nostalgic, so I looked up several knit-bloggers I used to follow, and most of them are gone. Some have announced a move to posting on Instagram or some other social media platform, but many have just vanished.

It makes you think. Ten years ago, knit-blogging was The Thing. People had blogs where they’d track their knitting progress, encourage each other, and provide advice. Today, book-blogging is The Thing. People have blogs where they write reviews, discuss genres, and find new authors to follow.

A lot has changed; a lot has stayed the same.

I am still here, still blogging. I still follow a few people that I followed back then who are still blogging today. But there are only a few. (I can think of three right now. Out of dozens.) We discuss some of the the same things, but a lot of different things too.

What will be The Thing ten years from now? Will I still be blogging? Will there even still be blogs? It seems a lot of people have moved to Instagram or Twitter, or moved on entirely.

For me, part of the appeal of blogging is and has always been having a place to write long-form. Twitter amuses me, but I don’t want to always limit myself to 140 characters (or 280 now, I guess). And Instagram is fun with the photo sharing built-in, but I don’t always have a photo to share.

I don’t have the answers, of course. But I’ve had a melancholy couple hours as I looked for blogs I used to read, and found one form or another of “site not found” landing pages instead. If I was lucky, the site was still there, but had been untouched for years.

Thanks for listening. I know there’s no way to be certain that we’ll all still be blogging in the future, but we’re here now. And I appreciate you taking some time out of your busy lives to spend it with me.

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11 thoughts on “Sunday Musings

  1. I haven’t been blogging as long, so I haven’t seen the change as much, but I hope knitters don’t stop blogging! I love reading the posts and seeing the photos. I love Instagram but I also like getting the details, the story behind the yarn or the project, and I feel like I get to know people a little bit better through a blog than through Insta or Twitter. I’m glad you’re still here, and I hope you can find some awesome new blogs to follow!

    1. Thanks, and thank you for being here! It’s interesting to see how the trends change, though, and while there are still knitters blogging it seems that many of them have shifted to other platforms. (Not all, of course, and some new knit-bloggers have taken over.) 🙂

  2. Yep, those who aren’t in it as a calling fall away. Their interests shift or writing out all those dang words becomes too hard and so they slowly move toward other things. Book blogging will always be a thing as long as there are books to review and sites like GR gag their people. And people who like to write.

    I certainly sympathize with dealing with people disappearing. I’ve been one of those people as I’ve moved from platform to platform trying to find just the right fit. And I’ve seen people simply “stop” blogging. It is disheartening. Then I move on and find new people to be disappointed in 😉

    So cheer up bucko! Life is hard and then you die 😉

    1. Huh, I didn’t think about Ravelry having something to do with it, but it could have. I guess partly because I joined Rav very early on, so I’ve been doing them together for a long time. I guess a lot of knitters don’t see a need for both. (I can’t entirely blame them. I have trouble keeping my LibraryThing even remotely updated since I update Goodreads more regularly.)

    1. It’s possible, but I also do follow some knitwear designers by mailing list, and several of them are not advertising blogs now, but are promoting their Instagram instead. It’s just an interesting change.

  3. Ah, I feel you!

    I probably was ‘that’ person to some, when I had a German book blog and stopped blogging..But then – I only had 58 or so followers.

    I go through my blogroll every couple of months and see who’s not there anymore. There have been a couple of people who just stopped all of a sudden. The sad thing is, that you don’t know what happened. You can only guess^^

    1. Yes, that is the sad part. I know a few have moved on to other sites, but for those that just vanished? I can only hope they and their families are okay.

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