This is not my normal post. In fact, I am going to get up on my soap box, so if you don't want to hear this, walk away now. I was reading a blog the other day and the writer said she mostly instagrams these days because it is so much more convenient, but eventually she would be back to her blog for those of us who do not instagram. Now I have been debating this with myself for a bit, but this one post pushed me to say something here.
When I choose to follow and support another blogger, I do it because I love their style and enjoy seeing their beautiful work. It inspires me in my own work. In fact, since I entered the bloggy world, I dare say I have been much more creative and prolific in my quilting. I have learned a lot about modern quilting, art, and who I am as a quilter. This is a good thing. And after I follow a blogger for a while, I start to think of them as a friend and I comment and care about how they are. I am happy to be supportive of their endeavors, whatever direction they may take.
Occasionally, I stop following a blog. This happens for several reasons: a) they stop posting...for months or even a year. I am patient, but only so much so. b) their creative process changes so much that it no longer calls to me in the same way. c) my creative process changes so that they don't speak to me in the same way. I would never expect that a blogger wouldn't change and grow and I support them in that. If we must part ways, so be it.
But it makes me saddest when they don't post. I wonder if they are okay and what is going on in their lives to keep them from here. If they choose to give up blogging, I get it. It is time consuming and not for everyone.
Now, this is the part that kind of upsets me. They post mainly to instagram with all their new works in progress or fabrics they bought or anything quilty, but not to their blog. Then they return to their blog, eventually, say they are sorry, invite you to follow them on instagram. Unless they are doing a tutorial, or a blog hop for someone, or pushing their latest fabric line, pattern or book. Then they blog. That says to me, you are not worth my time unless you are going to buy something from me. Before you take issue with that statement, I know they do not necessarily mean it that way, but think about it. Can't be bothered to blog and share, but now that I have something to push, here I am.
I have cleaned out the blogs in my reader and in my bookmarks to eliminate these bloggers. My choice. I continue on with so many others, over 100 blogs that I give my time, loyalty and comments to. If you are a blogger who instagrams, just think about this. Try not to leave your loyal blog readers in the dust for the newest social media things that come along. We will miss you if you do.