Three reasons I like to read not-so-well-known blogs

Full many a gem of purest ray serene
The dark unfathomed caves of ocean bear:
Full many a flower is born to blush unseen,
And waste its sweetness on the desert air. (from “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard” by Thomas Gray)

There are certainly many excellent established blogs out there. I love to read them. But I also like to scour the blogopsphere for hidden gems.

The great blogs are great by consensus and I respect the opinion of the large number of readers vetoing them. But I never know what may have slipped through the lenses of these discerning readers  in the complex system by which blogs acquire good karma.

I trust my own opinion the best where understanding which blogs would suit me the most is concerned.

Excellent quality: There are some blogs out there that are just that. Excellent. For some reason, they don’t get much attention, sometimes because the writers don’t put as much effort into networking in the blogosphere. Often it’s just a case that their content doesn’t have mass appeal. But if I’m one of those readers who is interested in that kind of content, it’s a great read for me. As a reader, I often have to dredge through hundreds of blogs to find these. It’s always a pleasant corroboration of my good readerly instincts to find that a blog I have been following for a while suddenly gets a lot of recognition.

Hard work: The not-so-well-known-yet blogs show a lot of hard work and persistence. It’s relatively easy to keep going when one is receiving encouragement from many readers but it shows real dedication when one continues writing even when there aren’t so many people reading. I find that kind of dedication inspiring.

Fluidity, lack of complacency, openness of voice: This is a major refreshing difference between new, upcoming and relatively obscure blogs and the established ones. The not-so-well-known blogs take risks with their voice, points of view, subject matter and layout in a way that already established players don’t. Perhaps the established players feel like they have too much to lose should an idea not work out. The blogs with fewer readers seem less predictable and more “honest” somehow. There is always a surprise element involved. I never know what I could discover. That’s why I like browsing these smaller blogs.

The sheer number of such blogs provides me with a sense of a multiplicity of voices when I browse them together that I never get reading a selection of established blogs. It feels like there are a lot of people interacting in an everyday sort of way. I like that feeling.

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126 thoughts on “Three reasons I like to read not-so-well-known blogs”

  1. Thanks for visiting my “Not-So-Well-Known” blog and the ‘like’ on my “Keep The Candles Lit.”

    I’m new to the blogging world and do find it a lot of work but, if I didn’t enjoy it, I wouldn’t waste my precious time.

    Blogging, for me, is all about fine-tuning my literacy voice (whether it be through adventurous, inspirational or food blog posts), hopefully, where others will take an interest and engage in a dialogue. Likes are nice to receive as well. :)

    I enjoyed reading your posts.

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  2. Its all about honesty and the truths. It resonates. As soon as people play it safe, it means you have become part of the system and you loose that connective awesomeness that only comes with honesty and purity!

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  3. I so appreciate this post. I am one of those (mostly) unknown bloggers and, to be honest, I am quite clueless about “networking in the blogosphere,” as you put it. But I do love writing my blog, and those 3.5 people who read it seem to enjoy my topics and voice. Since I write about the English language, I doubt many people will be set on fire by my blog—but I do try to make it fun.

    Much credit to you for your most excellent blog!

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  4. Tickled that you liked “Anthropology, on roller skates,” over on “Belly-up!” That was one of my first posts, when I started this blogging adventure back in January. It’s a little thrill to be appreciated by fellow lovers of meaningful nonsense — like a friendly pinch on the cheek, a pat on the back from a chum of a chum.

    I couldn’t agree more that there are undiscovered blog gems out there, gleaming in the darkness…

    But how do you find them?

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  5. I appreciated this. When I am questioning my choices, it helps to spill it out on the page, if only to remind me why I love my path. It is a joy to find others who share a bit of themselves. Thank you!

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  6. Hi! Thanks for ‘liking’ my Drive-In Movie tidbit, it’s fun to dredge up old memories sometimes. lol I chose to read this one and hoped to find some encouragement on keeping on with this thing, and I did. Thanks!

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  7. I like your idea on hard work… I blog for me, for my kids and because I like taking photos and writing. For me my small numbers in the stats column doesn’t bother me, because I’m not in this for the stats and I have a few very loyal readers who really appreciate my work.

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  8. Man is this a post I appreciate. Thanks for writing this. Both encouraging and true. Both of blogging and other things. I often have the same kind of feeling toward films and music.

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