Under the Maple Canopy

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In Which I Stop Reading Big Name Quilting Blogs


So, certain persons online host contests. Do this, follow that, comment, make, and otherwise jump through hoops for this chance and that chance. Let’s be honest, most of them have sponsorships of some sort that provide the prizes. At least that’s the case for the big name bloggers. You can bet your rotary cutter that they aren’t out any money for the giveaway (or a great portion of the fabric they use to make their quilts). They’re selling something just like Target, WalMart, and Kraft. It’s every bit a business, except instead of selling a product or service, they are selling themselves. The blogger is the brand.

I find it just the tiny bit ironic then, when the folks selling their brand and hosting contests, declare some grand community purpose or some other such nonsense. As if somehow contests and giveaways aren’t that important. Chastise is probably the better word for it, and yes big blogger, I am aware that your comment was directed at me. Sometimes reading your blog or participating in your contest (and driving traffic to your blog) is just a means to an end. And really, can’t we be honest, since this is your business, isn’t that really the point? And, no I didn’t let your comment through on the original post because it seemed to me more the quilty equivalent of “well, bless your heart.”

I don’t know about you, dear reader, but when I enter a contest I kind of want to win otherwise I wouldn’t enter. I guess in this case I did sort of win. Sadly it was insight rather than fabric which would have been nice since we don’t all have access to the same fountain of free stuff (like sewing machines and fabric).

And that, big blogger, is the point at which I stopped reading big name quilting blogs just as sure as I stopped reading the pioneer gal. That sort of “community” isn’t for me. Too bad it cost me money to find out.


10 thoughts on “In Which I Stop Reading Big Name Quilting Blogs

  1. Not all of us are big-name quilters (or bloggers). I tend to follow blogs that have a smaller following for that very reason. I’ve also hosted giveaways and you can bet your bottom dollar, the goods came out of MY stash!

    • Oh, very true, which is why I had to edit the title before posting. I had originally left the “big name” out. I have the utmost respect for folks who fund their giveaways and craft out of their own pocket. To me it seems more genuine that way (and less like watching a commercial). :0)

      So I do read quilting blogs, but my criteria has changed.

  2. I don’t know the backstory here…but I do feel the same way about big name quilting blogs & would much rather read about “real” quilters who are crafting for the love of it. I gave up entering competitions a while back. Too much hoop jumping is bad for my knees (or something!)

  3. I have made a few really good friends in the quilting community, which is why I follow blogs. I love sharing ideas, trying new things, and talking with folks about them. I would agree you don’t get that kind of thing from bloggers with large communities. I have loved following your blog and the versatility of it :-). Thank you!

  4. Well said

  5. Truthfully, I tend to filter out quilting blogs that push lines of fabric or are all about the business. They have their place, but I’m not in that place. Luckily, many, many, quilting blogs freely share ideas, techniques, inspiration and experiences – both good and bad. And I’ve been remiss in not thanking them. So, thanks for stimulating my taste buds with your weekly menus.

  6. I agree. I almost feel sad when I “unfollow” a big blog. There are two big blogs I follow and love, but I have recently decided to drop another for the same reasons. Kind of curious to know if its the same one? But I will leave it at that. Thanks so much for keeping it real.

  7. Another here with the same issues… I don’t follow quilting blogs, but I’ve found that I’ll follow a crafty=type log for a while and really enjoy it, but once it becomes too commercialized (whether it’s pushing their products/agenda or someone else’s) then I drop it. I don’t care for how most bloggers capitalize on their readership. There’s one exception – a gal here in my hometown, and she’s managed to keep things down to earth enough that I’m still reading.

  8. Wow i thought i was the only one who thought that way. i agree!