The quilt art list is all in an uproar again. This time the victim appears to be Blogs (and by extension bloggers). Another tempest in a teapot, I guess, but boy, do some people sound resentful.
I'm thoroughly enjoying this experience, but agree that it is certainly not for everyone. I love reading the blogs of members of the Artful Quilters Ring and seeing the work that others, of all skill and talent levels, are doing. It has been fun to go down the list a few a day to see what is going on in the lives of so many disparate women with a common love of fiber. There are obviously some blogs I visit more often - sometimes leaving comments, sometimes not. I'm new to both the quilting world and to blogging and have a lot to learn; the blogs are both educational and entertaining.
The quiltart list has also been educational and entertaining, but often confrontational about things that are really just personal choices, beliefs, or opinions. Each serves a purpose, and I see no reason to have to choose. The blogs, for me, are remarkably inspirational because I'm a visual person and because I enjoy seeing things in progress. They can be time consuming, but I've found myself more active, not less.
Also, for most members of the Artful Quilters Web Ring, the blogs provide a place for personal reflection and communication with friends and family. They aren't writing exclusively for other quilters or the quiltart list.