One month ago, at the start of January and of the new year, I blogged about a campaign called Bring Back Blogging, an effort which in the end received more than 700 submissions.
Among the rules for participation were to blog about it at the beginning and again at the end. (It was never going to be an issue that I had to publish at least three posts over the course of the month.) Despite the fact that I’ve never been added to the official list of participants, this post completes the satisfaction of those rules.
I’d be curious to learn to what degree people did or did not find new blogs to follow. For my part, I’ve so much to read on any given day I wouldn’t know how to start even with a campaign like this—not to mention Feedle, Ooh, and Ye Olde Blogroll, none of whom have listed me, either—giving you a where to start.
Back in “the day”, the so-called blogosphere was somewhat more cohesive a thing if for no other reason than it was smaller, and the internet was smaller. These days, any and all of these sites mostly just present me with just another variant of what I guess at this point I could start calling “the database problem”.
Mostly, I find new blogs to check out based upon what the blogs I already read happen to link. I suppose this could be called “organic” discovery; for me, it’s driven by the narrative that is other bloggers.
I’d missed that Ash Huang, one of the instigators, blogged about the experiment a couple of weeks ago.
Personally, being genuine and following your interests has always worked out the best for me. That’s often hard because this world doesn’t always encourage such vulnerability. I reconnected with a lot of folks and Internet buddies reaching out about this project, and it was really heartening looking through all y’all’s passions and thoughts. We got a lot of cool makers, including one of my favorite subgenres, expert quilters making WILD stuff.
Huang notes that they “won’t be creating a unified feed like we initially imagined”, given that the (current?) list stands at more than 550 participants.