On blogging pond

Last week’s reading gave me cause to ponder the range of motivations to create a blog. Those millions of miles of fibre optic cable that enable us to ‘upload’ our streams of consciousness and loose thoughts – all into a forum that promotes us from consumer to producer. This particular paragraph in the reading took my eye:

It was long assumed that producing any product of substance or complexity takes some kind of hierarchical organization or institution. The assumption was the you needed top-down vertical integration to get such things done and out into the world. But thanks to our new found ability to upload – which came about as a direct result of the flat-world platform – you can now produce really complex things, as an individual or a part of a community, with so much less hierarchy and so much less money than ever before.

(From Thomas L. Friedman, “Globalisation of the Local”, The World is Flat 3.0: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century, 2007.)

As I sat late one night and idly scanned a blog hosted by Blogspot, I noticed the ‘Next Blog>>’ button. One click and another craft blog followed. Click again and the next blog is craft-oriented. Click again and – you guessed it – a craft blog. From scrapbooking to tatting to quilting and patchwork and stitching, I’m beginning to see a recurring theme.

I’m reminded of the The Magic Faraway Tree, except that each time I poke my head into the clouds, I’m still in Craftland! (is Saucepan Man watching me and does he knows I like craft?)

And then it hits me. There is a WHOLE WORLD of creativity and talent out there that has previously struggled for expression and legitimacy – the world of crafters!

Each of these craft blogs represents the days of the lives of hundreds and thousands of women who have a skill and a passion and they’re proud (damn it!). They want to SHARE IT WITH THE WORLD. Sure, it’s not ‘fine art’ or ‘modern art’. It’s homely and ingenious and inventive art but it has kept people in blankets and clothes and decorations for generations.

Each of these blogs is created with such a strong desire to share. These blogs are beautiful!

Consider some of the kickers on their blogs:

“Everyday life as seen by a somewhat crafty middle-aged wife …”

and

“Where my creative juices flow and spill out all over the place”

and

“Here I am. Messy. Real. Life. Welcome to my home! The place I feel at home and the place that is my home: my heart”

and

“Being creative | using my heart | my hands | my mind | is an important | part of who I am”

and my personal favourite:

“Adventures of silly woman” (she’s a quilter)

The masses have mobilised and they are women and they are crafty and they are coming to a blog near you!

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13 thoughts on “On blogging pond”

  1. Hi Devine Girrl, I hadn’t realised that you could do that, click through to more similar blogs. It’s kind of the like ‘similar pages’ in Google search engine.

    As for craftblogs, I am assuming you know about etsy Etsy – the craft equivalent of ebay – it’s also got an associated blog by various people.

  2. The Internet is definitely an eye-opener into the other worlds. I’ve browsed through craft books and walked through small craft fairs, but neither had the same impact as sifting through the blogs and seeing people write about their passion.

    Blogspot did well with the Next button. It keeps readers on Blogspot blogs. Other ways to find out relevant blogs is to see a blogroll (such as on my blog). Bloggers tend to link to others who write similar content.

  3. Since reading ‘The Thrift Book’ by India Knight, I have been meaning and wanting to read some craft blogs. I love the idea of craft, but don’t necessarily have the practical skills. Although I was so inspired after reading Knight’s fabulous and funny book, that I decided I would teach myself to sew. I enlisted my Mum to give me lessons, which she did and so far I’ve made my daughter a library bag, a cusion cover and a dress; and my son has some new(ish) bunting for his bedroom. This has taken me all of nine months – rather slow progress. Everyday I look at my Mum’s sewing machine that sits in its box in the corner of my living room and really want to pull it out and give it another go. It’s the usual problem – when will ever I find the time?
    But maybe I’ll visit your recommended blogs on craft to get inspired again…
    I visited etsy (as referred to by Lieu Thi Pham) when I first read The Thrift Book, it’s great second her recommendation. Thanks for reminding me of what’s out there.

    1. Hi ccix1. Thanks for your comments. The blogs I referred to aren’t necessarily ones I recommend, just some that typify the range of motivations we have to blog (like sharing our interests and passions and using blogging like psychotherapy. Maybe blogging in the new psychotherapy, and it’s called eTalking Therapy?)

      You and I have a lot in common, I think. As if producing kids isn’t enough, we feel this need to keep creating!

      1. Rachel, I love your sense of humor. I mean humoUr. I have to remember I’m no longer in the US.

        The Internet is definitely a kind of therapy and socialistion, especially for those who are either anti-social, lacking social skills, or just can not find people who are like them or appreciate their thoughts. That’s the purpose of the Internet: to connect.

  4. Hello DevineGirl, I should point you in the direction of two ‘quilting and sewing’ family members on Blogspot. I am sure you would have time to read all about the whole quilting experience, when you’re not doing those other 15 things at once.

      1. I don’t want to clog up all that space….. you know too many pages and links that link to too many pages and links, that link to too many pages and links, that link to too many pages and links….
        missed you today 😦

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