As many of you may know Sharon b has recently been talking about blogrolls here, here and here and especially about their usefulness in opening up the on-line needlework community to newcomers. In the past I’ve kept my blogroll to a minimum. Why?
- It intensifies my recommendation of the blogs I do list.
- There is no frustration of looking at a long list and wondering where to begin.
- My blog is nearly useless except for Sharon’s TSTC, I’m anxious to direct any newcomers that possibly visited here before encountering Sharon’s blog directly on to her. And from there on to the broader community that she knows so well. Sharon keeps a wonderful blogroll, has a blog list for the Take a Stitch Tuesdays challenge (TSTC), as well as links to a webring and the flickr account.
I’m convinced this is good thing to do for any new visitors.
However, both Sharon’s discussion, the comments she has received and looking at my own blog statistics have convinced me I could do more. I’ve updated my blogroll to add various aspects of the community that I’m aware of. Janet with her nuts-about-needlepoint blog, Donna with By the Bay Needleart, Mary at Needle n’ Thread. These are three that came to mind right away. Sharon at in a minute ago, Annie at Annies Crazy World and Linn at The Embroideress were, of course, already there. I think that in various ways these people can point anyone interested on to great resources and/or other blogs that you would enjoy. The agonizing part about this is who else should be added and am I leaving out a notable category of needlework that should be added in. So there may be additions or changes to this list shortly.
My own experience comes into play with another aspect of Sharon’s discussion. I was someone who read blogs for about four years but almost never left a comment and certainly never dreamed of having a blog. My blog reading was mostly on other topics. For some reason, I was not much attracted to needlework blogs other than Linn’s. The few needlework blogrolls I did come across discouraged me because so many links were to inactive blogs. But I did click links in posts. And then last year, I came across Sharon’s 100 details in 100 days, It drew me in. Slowly I began reading more needlework blogs due to her roundups. And now due to TSTC I read so many that I seldom look at blogrolls but add new blogs to my bloglines account because of links in posts or comments on Sharon’s weekly TaST post. For the next two months, I’m going to make an effort each week somewhere in one of my normal TSTC posts to point towards a blog I added or something I found of interest in a blog I read regularly. After that I plan to reassess the situation.
Please feel free to leave any comment you wish that might help further my understanding on this subject. Thank you!