A View from Sierra County

Small town life and politics, lots of knitting, and travels with and without my five burros

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Location: In the Sierra Nevadas, United States

I blog about rural living and social issues, and the creativity that comes from knitting, as well as post random pictures of the Sierras and my burros. "In order to be an artist, one must be deeply rooted in the society" - Simone de Beauvoir


Friday, January 20, 2006

B is for Blogging

I have been blogging for just a bit over a year now, although I let my first anniversary go by unannounced. Blogging is a mixed bag for me: I am chatty and it gives me an outlet, I am a productive knitter and lead a curious life, so I have some good material to post, and I greatly enjoy the diversity of people I have met by surfing my way through other peoples' blogs.

Are there downsides? Well, sometimes I feel a little left out when I get too busy to pay as regular visits as I would like. Sometimes, the knit-blogging world can seem like a competitive grrl-pit, with knitters trying to out-do each other working their way through the "latest", while I am more the type to go with knitterly challenges, even if they are classics and not fads. Sometimes there is controversy, even about relatively harmless items, such as fun fur yarn (hey, the preteens I taught the past two years just loved them!).

But, isn't that pretty much how the rest of life goes? There's your inner circle of family and friends, who you have a strong affinity with (my kids call this their "top 8" on their MySpace sites), and these are the people whose blogs you can't wait to check for what's new. Then, there are the neighbors and acquaintances that you like, but just aren't in sync with, so you don't ever quite get around to taking that hike, having that cup of coffee together, or developing the closeness you might otherwise have.

And, of course, there are the random blogs you stumble upon, much like the person you have a great conversation with on the train, or while waiting in line to pick up a prescription, and then never see again.

Blogging has also given me a support group of like-minded crafters, a great highlight for a person living in a rural place. My dear friend Mary, who I spent almost every day with back when our two 26-year olds were learning to walk, moved to a very small town before I did. She said that one of the most important things she learned was that there were interesting things and similarities in people who still had a life view far different than hers, and these people became friends in small towns out of necessity, where in the large city of Sacramento where we met, people tended to gravitate towards those like them, without benefitting from this broadening of one's outlook. Blogging works in much the same way, allowing us to find our similarities and put aside our concerns about differences.


Blogger margene said...

You have summerized Blogland perfectly. As it grows it is becoming like a big city and I find myself staying with bloggers I already know, have a relationship with and have many things in common. The one thing blogging does demand is time.

5:18 AM  
Blogger FaeryCrafty said...

What a wonderful and enciteful post :)

5:22 AM  
Blogger Cathy said...

I haven't been to your blog in a few weeks - work gets in the way sometimes you know. Glad I came to this post. Boy you hit the nail on the head about blogging. There are some really really popular blogs and rightly so, but sometimes the down to earth ones are the best. Don't have to have the most hits to be a good blog. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on blogville.

6:59 PM  
Blogger Lynette said...

I haven't been around much either and am trying to catch up. You are spot on about how it is when you've been out of the knitting blogosphere for a while, as well as accurately tagging the growing competitive spirit amongst the knitters. I was in a funk, both knitting and blogging for a while, and ya know - it was refreshing. Makes me appreciate all the more reading blogs like yours since I started reviewing bloglines again.

Happy Bloggy Anniversary.

5:56 PM  

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