Having a working computer means I can now resume blogging, a task made increasingly difficult on my old Mac. I like blogging. It's a conceit, I know, and I know that no one reads them, but there's something satisfying about publishing my own online journal. I actually have three blogs. My knitting blog gets the most hits thanks to the many knitting and craft forums I belong to. This blog is my "smart blog." I started it when I became serious about writing again. I mostly review books and zines and other literary topics, though recaps of the latest Doctor Who episode crop up quite often. I have a sewing and stitching blog as well, but it only has a couple of posts on it over the past two years, mainly because I'm still just learning how to sew (no time!) and I don't do other needlework as often as I knit. I won't bother to post a link.
Most people may find this funny, but knitting blogs are hot right now. No, really! Google "knitting blog" and it returns 531,000 results. Everyone and their Goth kid sister has a knitting blog these days. I confess that, as soon as I became aware of the phenomenon three years ago, I had to have one, too. I think for me the appeal is part showing-off, part bonding with like-minded people all over the world, part archive. Knitting blogs are a wonderful medium that lets people share patterns and tips, ask for and receive help from one another, and share resources and stories of who in their family taught them to knit. Knitting is passed on to a new generation as Internet-savvy teens and twenty-somethings flock to the craft. In turn, these bloggers are sharing tips to older knitters on how to set up their own blogs, how to upload pictures, and how to have more fun using the internet as a tool for exploring an ancient craft. Sharing--and blogging--is a wonderful thing.
In case anyone's interested, here are some of the more "famous" knitting blogs out there: