|Stream in the park on a sunny day.|
You know what I miss about the older way of blogging? The blogroll. It used to be my favorite way of discovering garden blogs to read, and keep up with ones I liked. I never cottoned to the RSS readers, somehow.
This page once had an active blogroll when there was the automated service which made it so easy. That was one of those blogging features that went by the wayside. I finally removed my blogroll, when it became too difficult to update. It seemed like so many good sites were abandoned.
I was looking for a good way to discover some new reading, and went through my now sparse bookmarks… it was then that the recollection of those former reading habits arose. I guess with all the many websites and blogs in just about any niche interest you might imagine, it is a little hard to surf the web in quite the same way. Now, we are much more focused.
Spammers ruined the easy dialogues that were once part of the fun of blogging, and that went by the wayside for me, anyway. Although maybe that isn’t all of it. The internet interaction is much more like any social convention in daily life now. Connecting constantly with people you know, work with, and live with tends to stratify a person, and we’ve lost the flow between minds. Besides, it is unreasonable to keep up with the multiplicities of social media. At least I find it so.
I wonder now whether I should have split up my blogging into so many channels, now that there are more than a few dead ends. Garden journaling has probably been the one perennial interest… rather like the practice of gardening itself. It has its times of waning and of flurried activity. I’m afraid I still selfishly use it for my own entertainment, with brief forays into catering to what I think others are interested in.
Perhaps some of that will change with the input and cross pollination of the upcoming Garden Blogger Convention. I’m still feel something of a Luddite in the present internet fast lane.