Lately, it seems all of the blogs I routinely read are shutting down their comments feature. In truth, seeing this trend develop is what prompted me to turn them off here, along with the fact that hardly anyone bothered to comment on the majority of the posts lately.

Truthfully, I don’t know what to make of things on this blog anymore. Only one person complained about my turning the comments off, while one other explained that he quit offering comments because he couldn’t add anything useful to the discussion. Those were the only two responses I received to the whole thing.

So, what is one to do? I get the sense that I’m boring the daylights out of people, or worse, that I’m out of touch completely, which I believe I am with most American hobbyists. My views about the craft simply don’t resonate with the mainstream.

Maybe these things just run in cycles and it’s time for a change, or to admit that it’s time to move on. Perhaps it’s seasonal. After the winter we’ve had in the US, I don’t blame folks for wanting to be outside. I want to be outside myself.

Maybe it’s none of the above. I simply don’t know and, I admit that not knowing is frustrating and discouraging. I’ve been searching for an answer, but have come up dry. The self-appointed social media/blogging gurus are all over the map, and frankly, beyond the added confusion of their conflicting advice, most of it doesn’t apply to my tiny corner of the online universe.

I’d like to believe that I can still offer something of value here but, if this blog has outlived its usefulness, then I need to know that too. If I understand the settings in the dashboard, the comments for this post should be on. Many thanks for reading.

Regards,
Mike