I was surfin’ around blogs yesterday and came across a surprise.
I went to a blog I’d never seen before from a link on another blog. I started reading and halfway through the current entry I opened up blogrolling and added a link to this blog from my blog because I enjoyed what I was reading.
Imagine my surprise when I got to the last paragraph of the entry. The blog author was bemoaning the fact that her blog was the only knitting blog that I don’t link to. She said it made her feel bad.
Yow. That made me feel bad.
In this case, the only reason I hadn’t linked to her was because I hadn’t discovered her blog until yesterday. I left her a comment explaining that, and saw another blogger had left a comment earlier telling her not to feel bad because I don’t link to her blog either.
Okay, now I feel really bad.
Linking to other blogs. It’s an art, not a science. And an uncertain art at that.
I have a long list of blogs that I read on a regular basis, and the list changes from time to time. I post this list on my blog for my convenience. If someone hasn’t updated their blog in ages, I generally drop it from the list, because I get tired of checking it and finding no updates. If I stumble across a new blog that I like, I’ll sometimes link to it on the spot. Sometimes I don’t, meaning to go back later. Then I can’t find it again.
I’ve had people who email me and say — “Here is the URL to my blog. Please link to it because I know I’ll get lots of hits from referrals from your blog.”
Okay, this one makes me feel really really bad. Particularly if it’s a blog I’ve visited and am not interested in readng every day. For whatever reason. If the main blog content is something I’m not remotely interested in, I’m not going to add it to my regular reads.
So . . . uh . . . no. Sorry. I’m not gonna link to something I don’t read just so the linkee will get more hits. (And I think the individual who emailed me that, verbatim, has incredible chutzpah to tell me out-and-out that the only reason he/she wants a link from my page is to ride on the coattails of whatever popularilty my blog has.) If I read it and like it, I’ll link to it. Besides, contrary person that I am, if you tell me to do something, I’m more likely not to.
What do my fellow bloggers think? What is good blog link etiquette?
So just in case you wondered . . . my list of blogs I read is not necessarily exhaustive, nor is it my final answer. Subject to change from time to time.
Note to the blog owner mentioned at the start of this post: I hope you are not offended by my mentioning this. I bring this up as an ongoing issue. Yesterday’s incident brought it to the front of my somewhat addled brain.
And another thing (while I’m whining). If you are a commercial enterprise, please do not email me and ask me to put a link on my site for your business. I have no commercial links (apart from occasional links in my entries for places I’ve bought stuff from and liked) and I don’t want any. I’ve been getting a lot of emails like this recently and I don’t want to have to spend good knitting time emailing back and explaining my policy (which is stated clearly on my blog etiquette page).
So there. (stamps foot)
On to Knitting
Whenever I knit a Dale, I always get a question about the neck shaping. Did I do it according to the pattern directions (back and forth) or another way?
I lifted this from my May 7 blog entry:
Because I’ve elected to do a neckline steek rather than knit back and forth, I’ve had to alter the neckline decreases a bit. The pattern directs you to cast off x number of stitches for the center of the neck on the first row, then to decrease x number of stitches (i.e., more than 1 stitch) on subsequent rows to shape the slope of the neck.
Well, you can’t quite do it this way with a steek. You can decrease one stitch at a time on either side of the neck steek on each row. So that’s what I do until I get the proper number of decreases. Yes, it does alter the shape of the neck slightly, but not enough to make a difference, in my opinion. I’ve done this on most of the Dales I’ve made without any problem.
And I find it sooooo much easier to simply do a steek rather than knit back and forth.
Straight from the horse’s mouth, as it were (whinney).
You’ve plowed through all of the above, so you are rewarded with a photo of Frogner, front bands and neckband completed.
And I’m working on a sleeve too.
I haven’t yet forgotten to feed Lucy. She would never let me. She has dry food available all the time and in the evening she gets some Fancy Feast.
When I get home after work, she is always waiting at the door for me. She says:
“Mommy, it’s time for dinner. Meow! Dinnertime, dinnertime, dinnertime. Don’t forget the Fancy Feast, Mommy. Fancy Feast, meow, meow! Dinner, dinner, dinner, dinner, dinner! Meow!”
She repeats this until I serve her Fancy Feast. I’m surprised she doesn’t require a sprig of parsley on the side.
Here, Lucy offers her opinion of Frogner.