I keep berating myself for not doing things I genuinely and sincerely want to do, but which I never seem to be able to do. As far as this post is concerned, I'm referring to the following: reading perfume blogs more often, leaving more comments on them and linking to them more frequently.
Regular readers of Persolaise.com will probably have realised by now that my Day Job keeps me pretty busy. So, for purely pragmatic reasons, there is no way I'd be able to stay up to speed with all the new posts which appear on my favourite perfume blogs. I do my best to give as many of them as possible the time and attention they deserve, but sadly, many of them end up being scanned rapidly, on my phone, whilst I'm sitting in my car, killing two minutes because I've arrived at my next appointment a little bit too early. It's not an ideal state of affairs, but it can't be helped at the moment. And the nature of modern life is such that I suspect the scenario I'm describing is one with which many of you would be able to identify. I should say there are a few posts I actively avoid: those on perfumes I'm likely to review myself. Rightly or wrongly, I prefer not to discover other people's views until I've formulated my own (at which point I seek out as many other critiques as possible, to see how closely they chime with mine). But that still leaves plenty of other stuff to read... stuff which invariably keeps getting knocked off my list of priorities, until the passage of time makes it decreasingly relevant... and it disappears altogether.
Time is one of the factors pertinent to the sensitive subject of commenting on other blogs. The general consensus seems to be that fewer and fewer reader comments are being left. I haven't carried out a scientific survey, but this would certainly seem to be true of the main blogs I peruse. I have to admit that I don't see this as a massive problem. When I think of the hundreds of novels I've read, the films I've seen and the songs I've heard, I can recall only a tiny number of occasions when I was moved to make some sort of contact with the creators of these works. So when it comes to blogs, if I haven't got anything particularly profound to say, then I think it's pointless (or patronising even?) to leave a simplistic, 'Thanks for this great post.' But maybe I'm mistaken. Maybe if more of us left such one-liners, we might actually cause a return to the not-too-distant times when in-depth discussions took place on some posts. I'd love to develop the habit of writing comments more regularly - and perhaps I'll make a conscious effort to do so - but I also know that several obstacles will stand in my way. As I've already said, time will be one of these. But technology will be an issue too. Those of you who've unsuccessfully tried once, twice, three times to log onto a blog using your phone or tablet will know what I mean here.
And finally, to pick up on the 'community' point to which I alluded above, I would honestly like to be able to strengthen the ties between us scentusiasts in the blogosphere by linking to other writers' thoughts on subjects I've covered. I seem to remember that I started doing this a couple of years ago - usually by way of ending a post with a simple: 'For more reviews of this perfume, please check out X, Y and Z' - but for various reasons, this petered away. Maybe I ought to start doing it again, because I'm convinced that the efforts of those of us trying to raise the profile and seriousness of perfume criticism will have a greater impact if we bond more closely with each other.
Anyway, here endeth the musings. Feel free to leave a comment... if you have a moment to spare... and your iPad isn't being difficult...