Smoldering Embers: A less-ranty rant about perfume blogging, part II of II

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Beyond the issue of “crap blogs,” which I ranted away on last week, is the issue that has been under some discussion recently in the perfume blogosphere: Are there too many perfume blogs? There have been post after post and discussion after discussion on the subject, some of which I’ll link to so that if you’re really that interested, you can follow some of the history. I realize that many readers have been in on the discussion before, but upon reading some of the recent discussion it was clear to me that the origins of the question were fuzzy, and some remarks have been ambiguous at certain points, so I thought it would be helpful to catalog at least portions of what people have been saying on perfume blogs.

At the outset I’d like to state categorically that anyone who wishes to write a blog should just go ahead and write one. The more the merrier! No experience required. All you need is a laptop, an internet connection, and an opinion. (I’d like it better if at least mostly-proper language were used, but that’s just my little hangup. I’m not troubled by the occasional mithspelling or unperfect grammar, but I am not interested in reading a blog that looks like an extended txt msg.)

The issue may have started in 2010, when Denyse Beaulieu mentioned in a comment on her blog Grain de Musc that she felt that there were now so many blogs, so many places to discuss perfume that the conversation had become diluted. Because of the ensuing uproar and the hurt feelings, she’s removed that post and I cannot link to it. I myself felt, at the time, a little stung. Both Denyse and Robin at Now Smell This had been very welcoming to me as a newbie blogger, and I wondered whether I had not perhaps bitten the hands that had fed me.

But I also felt that it was not a completely unfair thing to say, either: there were more blogs suddenly, and it seemed like every week I’d find a new one and add it to my blogroll. In addition to the ones I thought of as the Grande Dames (Grain de Musc, Now Smell This, Perfume Posse, Perfume-Smellin’ Things, Perfume Shrine, Bois de Jasmin), I suddenly found myself reading and commenting and discussing away on newer blogs. These newer blogs seemed to be written mostly by very enthusiastic amateurs – like me – and I loved the stories. For information and news and expertise and in-depth knowledge, for Serious Reviews and big-picture looks at the perfume industry, I went to the Grande Dames. For stories, though, or a discussion of how enormous a pain it is to try to mail something overseas from an US Post Office in contrast to mailing something within the EU, or a tender paean to the scent of one’s mother, well – I went elsewhere. What Denyse said was, in fact, true. I was spending time making friends on the newer blogs instead of focusing on, for example, the strange mirror relationship between Francois Coty and Jacques Guerlain, this being one of my very favorite posts on Grain de Musc (possibly related to my great appreciation for old Coty fragrances).

Other perfume blogs had become my Makeup Alley, if you will. I still visited Fragrantica, but mostly to get notes lists rather than to read reviews or comment on the forums, which seemed so full of silliness that it was harder and harder to find people with whom I shared a level of interest. I know that many of the early creators of perfume blogs “met” each other via Makeup Alley, posting well-written reviews there and initiating swaps and encouraging each other to test and explore and write. By the time I got to Makeup Alley in 2009, though, it seemed cliqueish, and if you didn’t already have a hundred “swap tokens,” no one was going to take you seriously. Amateur fumehead bloggers, though – they talked to me. We had conversations.

If anyone other than a Grande Dame had made the initial “too many blogs, leading to dilution of discussion” comment, I’d have automatically taken the comment as a levelheaded, dispassionate assessment of the changing of the blogosphere. As I see it, the remark was at least partly that: an assessment. Coming from a Grande Dame, though, and due to its phrasing, it seemed a trifle like mere pique and sour grapes, a You Kids Get Off My Lawn, What’s the World Coming To, Don’t You Know Who I AM?, curmudgeonly snipe at the whippersnappers.

And many of the whippersnappers took offense. I don’t remember there being outraged comments on Grain de Musc, or at least not that day. I do remember having noticed a prevailing air of ennui, an attitude of “Perfume used to be so exciting, but now it’s not,” at more than one of the older, more knowledge-based, blogs. Some of them had gone on hiatus, some had closed their comments sections, and some were obviously world-weary in their writing. I’m not naming blog names here, but the attitude shift was widespread enough to make people newer to perfume-lover status, or to the perfume blog community, both puzzled and dismayed. I wrote this post affirming my continued interest in an industry that others were finding unsatisfying, due to my dismay at seeing so many bloggers unhappy, and as a direct – if more private – response to this Perfume Posse post by March, and this one by Patty as well.

Within a couple of weeks of Denyse’s comment, Brian at I Smell Therefore I Am posted this satire on bloggers thinking too much of themselves. It provoked a firestorm of commentary, and lost ISTIA not a few readers who felt that Brian was too harsh in his criticism. It also garnered an anonymous comment that the satire was directed at one blogger in particular, though Brian swore it wasn’t meant to respond to only one, and the commenter came right out and said (I paraphrase), “Who are you to be writing about perfume? Unlike the person you mock, you have no experience, you have no industry contacts, and you are geographically irrelevant.” Ooh, SNAP!

The furor gradually died down… until Vanessa of Bonkers About Perfume – another enthusiastic amateur – posted a guest column on Now Smell This, titled Five Things To Think About Before You Start a Blog. As one of her recommendations to those considering blogging, she suggested that newbie bloggers think of a way to distinguish themselves, because there are more blogs every day, and if one wants to stand out in a crowd, one cannot do simply what everyone else does. I didn’t think that was an odd thing to say, either. It is sensible. What Vanessa was saying was essentially, “If you want people to read your blog among this burgeoning population of blogs, differentiate yourself.” One of the examples she used was my weekly Scent Diary. The funny thing about that was, I started Scent Diary for myself, as a way to keep track of the events going on in my life, and what fragrances I’d worn. I didn’t expect that it would be considered a feature of my blog, but it just bears out Vanessa’s sensible advice. I agree! Don’t be a cookie cutter, be yourself. Write about what pleases and interests you. If you’re creative enough to write a blog, you’re creative enough to do it your way and let your personality show.

In comments, people took offense again, either at her remark that there are a plethora of perfume blogs, or at Robin’s remark that there are now so many blogs that she found it hard to keep up, from her post in the spring of 2011. The implication people took away was that there were simply too many perfume blogs, and no one should start another. I’m quite certain that neither Vanessa nor Robin meant that at all, and since then both of them have affirmed that they’re happy to see the community grow.

Here are a few more discussions of the topic: Olfactarama, more at Bonkers about Perfume, Feminine Things, Scents of Self, Olfactarama again. (Any others to add? Please mention them in the comments.)

I’ll say it again: there are a lot of perfume blogs. But you look around, and there are way, way many more fashion blogs, beauty blogs, sports blogs, political blogs, mom blogs, writing blogs, music blogs, feminist blogs, book review blogs, movie blogs, model train blogs… you name an interest, there’s a whole slew of blogs about it. The perfume blogosphere is suffering from a small bout of growing pains. It used to be that you could go to one of about a dozen blogs or fragrance forums, and keep up with just about everything people had to say, because everybody knew just about everybody else, and it was exciting.

Things are changing. The community is growing and more people want a voice of their own, and it is now impossible to keep up with all these voices new to the arena, as impossible as keeping up with every single new fragrance launched. I admit as much. I no longer have time to visit all the blogs that I like, and when I do visit I often don’t have time to comment, though I’d like to do so.

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I understand the half-pleased, half-annoyed feelings of those who’ve been around for awhile, after all – it’s a lot like the switch from being the parent of a small child to being the parent of a teenager (or even a tween, God help me). You’re not Ground Zero anymore. Your opinion still counts, but it’s not the only opinion, and you’re not as necessary, and you feel perhaps just a tad bit… uncool. Left out. You’re being responsible and professional and elegant, while the teenagers are out having fun, playing around with what has always been your serious business. Your kids are having these deep conversations with their friends, thinking they’re all cool and everything, spreading misinformation amongst themselves, instead of coming home and perching on the kitchen stool and telling you all their dreams and asking where they should go to college. Trust me, I get that, and it’s no laughing matter. While parents generally want their kids to grow up, they still want to spend time with their kids, and to feel important to them.

So there’s my answer to the question of whether there are too many perfume blogs: yes and no. YES, in that there are too many for one reader to keep up with, and while that’s a little bit disappointing for me personally, I’ll simply have to focus on the ones that really inform me or challenge me or touch me emotionally. NO, in that there is always, always room for one more passionate writer – and one more, and one more…

If you want to write, don’t let anybody stop you.

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30 thoughts on “Smoldering Embers: A less-ranty rant about perfume blogging, part II of II”

  1. I read a lot of poetry blogs, and I’ve never heard anyone say that there are too many poetry blogs (there are tons!). A lot of people do say, though, that there are too many journals (i.e. outlets in which to publish poetry). I think what most people mean by that is that getting published doesn’t mean as much as it used to. So I can’t help but feel people are mourning the loss of a kind of exclusivity.

    Similarly: Between when my older brother and I took the SAT, they changed the scoring, essentially giving everyone a little boost of extra credit. He was annoyed that getting 800s meant less than it used to, since you could now get a “perfect score” without getting every question right.

    Basically, I’m saying that I think people who have to had to operate under harsher conditions or stricter standards can feel miffed when those standards loosen up. And the perception is that now “anyone can start a blog” when it used to require some kind of specialized expertise … but really, it’s not like were ever gatekeepers to starting a blog and calling yourself an expert. But the Grand Dames do have seniority on their side.

    1. It IS odd to see the accusation that there are too many perfume blogs. I suspect that no one complains about too many fashion blogs because that niche ballooned pretty big, pretty fast, and no one can remember a time when there were only 20 blogs that really mattered, whereas many people remember the early days of perfume mania.

      And you may be right about blogging not requiring the effort that it used to: one of the reasons that *I* started was that it was simply a matter of signing up, picking a template, and then typing away. If I’d had to program, NO WAY would I have done it. I scraped C’s in programming (Basic and… good Lord, what was the other class I took? COBOL?) in college in the 80s, and I was sweating bullets over that. My dad got such a kick out of my using a calculator in math class, too, because when he was taking engineering classes in college – before he switched to accounting – he had to use an honest-to-goodness real SLIDE RULE.

      But I’ll be honest and say that I don’t think that was ever the complaint of the Grande Dames, that blogging used to be difficult and now it’s not… it’s that there used to be recognized authority and now it’s sometimes lost in the “noise.”

      1. That is what I meant, though I didn’t phrase it well — the barrier to entry was being perceived as an expert (someone with, for example, schooling or industry contacts, etc.) rather than ability to program (but I wish I had that too! being good at reading and writing just doesn’t translate into the same kind of employability…)

  2. I’ve been enjoying your so-called ‘rants’ C. I love reading your blog because you’re so level headed and also due to the fact that you’re a talented writer. All this hoopla about too many blogs, rather confuses me. It’s really a non-issue, IMO. If a person has a desire to do a blog as an expression of creativity, well then they should damn well go for it. Blogs that are thoughtful and well written and provide entertainment and something that a reader finds essential, have a chance to be successful. I couldn’t agree more with you that there’s always room for more. There are different styles that will hold an appeal for different people. It is true for me that while I do try to make time for reading my favorite blogs regularly, I don’t always have the time to participate & comment as often as I would prefer – and that would be the principal downside for me pertaining to a crowded blogosphere.

    1. Oh, EXACTLY: If you want to write, Just Do It. And exactly – I can’t read everybody’s blog, and I’m quite sure not everyone has time to read mine… good thing I write mostly for me. I mean, it matters to ME that I post regularly and respond to comments and get to know people, so that’s why I do those things, but I confess that the major reward for me is the writing.

  3. Very insightful, Mals, and similar to a lot of my thoughts. I’ve considered writing a post about this myself, but now I’m wondering whether or not I even should, since you’ve covered a lot of the same points. I see parallels between this and activity in other sections of the blogosphere, there are growing pains everywhere.

    1. Thank you, Dionne. We’ve collectively covered a lot of ground with the discussion in various places, as the community of perfume lovers grows – talked about what’s important to us, who’s an authority, that sort of thing. I believe the conversation’s been helpful, and the general consensus seems to be that everyone is welcome, that in some sense we’re all learning, and that people with real knowledge will come to the front as authorities without their having to say that they’re authorities.

      I don’t explore other blogs much; I did research a number of fashion blogs a few years ago when I got all annoyed at the style peeps on Yahoo! and their “grading” of red carpet clothes, and I noticed that there are a HONKIN’ TON of fashion blogs… I have assumed that that’s always been the case, that anyone who wants to write about it, does. Writing blogs too, there’s a large number of those. I mostly come upon those by finding articles linked elsewhere, or searching for my favorite authors.

  4. I also value your levelheaded approach, and you have pieced together an excellent summary of the changing group dynamics of the blogosphere, the twists and turns of this debate, and the views of those involved, mine included. In fact you put my views about “blog differentiation” (and the reasons why someone might wish to do so) way better than I did, though I think I just about got there by the time I commented on Ari’s blog!

    And I also agree with both you and RusticDove that the only downside I see to the proliferation of blogs – relatively *not* a plethora compared to other categories, as you make clear, but a plethora nonetheless in terms of most people’s disposable reading time – is this feeling that you cannot keep up with all your favourites, especially those that update very regularly – or daily, even. Same thing with Facebook and Twitter, though that “tickertape” style of information feed seems easier to pass over when you are pushed for time. However, I do feel bad if I am behind with my blog reading.

    When I got into perfume in 2008 and started reading blogs, it was indeed the Grandes Dames, plus Basenotes and Fragrantica on which/whom? I cut my newbie teeth. Around this time I was also busy swapping on Makeupalley, through which I made a couple of friends. It didn’t strike me as a clique particularly, though it was true that you had to work to accumulate a credible number of tokens before enjoying the heady privilege of a “simultaneous swap”, haha!

    And then in 2009 I began Bonkers, and, just as you describe, the newer bloggers – the “amateur enthusiasts” like myself – started hanging out with one another (also in person : – ) !), and mostly interacting at our own level. Yes, you have charted the progression of the “conversations” to a T, certainly as it relates to my own experience.

    Many thanks for being the A.J.P Taylor of Perfume Land – this is not so much a rant as a helpful historical account-cum-reference document!

    1. V, your comments on differentiation made such sense to me that I was puzzled as to why it felt prickly to some people – though it finally occurred to me that I’ve heard similar advice about writing for print since I was quite young, so the concept was familiar to me.

      Some friends were discussing the issue on Facebook recently and not everyone had caught up on who said what and why there was uproar, and I thought it might just be helpful to trace, so far as I could, the path of the discussions. (I had to look up AJP Taylor, however. Now, if you’d said Shelby Foote I’d have gotten the reference immediately… ;))

      I do hope that now all the positions are on the table, so to speak, everyone feels free to start blogging if they so choose. I remember well mentioning on NST once that I thought I might start a blog, and Robin encouraged me to write. I’ve enjoyed writing Muse in Wooden Shoes so much that I really ought to send her flowers.

      1. Mals, if I had heard of Shelby Foote, you can be sure I would have put “A.J.P Taylor / Shelby Foote” (scurries off to google presumed equivalent US historian…yup, he’ll do nicely, and I note his middle name is “Dade”!).

        If we had been talking famous orbital roads around major conurbations, I could have mentioned our M25 and Houston’s Beltway 8 / Sam Houston Parkway in the same breath, but I was a bit stumped here, hehe. : – )

        1. Well, I WAS sort of joking… in that I know who Shelby Foote is but had never heard of AJP Taylor, and assumed that you’d have the reverse situation. And the DC Beltway is famous around here (infamous, maybe?)…

          1. Haha, then we were both “sort of joking”, indeed! ; – ) ; – )

            I nearly mentioned the DC Belway as it happens. A colleague and I were once stuck on it in a traffic jam in rush hour when she urgently needed the loo – it came *this close* to improvised receptacles… Luckily she managed to hold on till a shrubbery mercifully hove into view. Still an illegal parking manoeuvre on the hard shoulder, but we got away with it!

  5. The perfume world wishes to remain exclusive. As much as I have tried, I have not found a place for me to train as a perfumer in the United States. In France, it takes many years to complete the certification to create perfumes, and like everything there related to education, it’s very much a world that is closed off to only the most elite who are willing to study under a master. The indie perfume industry flies in the face of this elitism and snobbery, where self-trained creators march on undaunted by naysayers.

    Perfume blogging is no different. There are those who wish perfume writing to stay academic, to follow old rules and traditions, and to pay homage to historically iconic houses and noses in the language they have chosen. I consider perfume an art, and if everyone kept painting the way WInslow Homer did, art would be so unbelievably boring. Not that there is anything wrong with Winslow Homer or with Les Grandes Dames of which you write. The intrepid ones, the ones who dare to push the envelope by chiming in with a different voice and point of view, are those that keep perfume alive, both for the writers and the readers.

    A few days ago, an art critic named Hilton Kramer passed away. Kramer was known for his crotchety statements against anything made in America since the 1950’s, the heyday of High Modernism. Pop Art, political art, postmodernism–all of these categories were derided by Kramer as being lazy or populist–ultimately, a mere shadow of what art should be in his world. I disagree with Kramer. I think the plurality of voices makes art better. And perfumers should indeed be listening.

    1. I wasn’t aware that there aren’t any formal training programs available in the US, Katherine – I suppose I never thought about it, while admiring and enjoying the work of Laurie Erickson (SSS), Dawn Spencer Hurwitz, and other US-based perfumers. Having said that, though, it doesn’t really surprise me that it is tough to break into the industry from outside France. I gather that it’s even tough to get into the industry from INside France, as well, and that you have to have a contact beforehand. (In The Perfume Lover, it’s mentioned that Bertrand Duchaufour wanted very much to enter a certain program, but didn’t know anyone there and therefore couldn’t get a slot. So he took a year off for travel after college, and by the time he got back, a friend of his had been accepted – and only then could he wangle a space in the program. Which is both fascinating and slightly alarming, because he’s an enormously talented perfumer who might have never gotten the chance to compose anything at all. Just think how many talented people those schools might have passed up already…)

      I still read the Grande Dames, but I like to discover new blogs that also speak to me.

  6. The proliferation of perfume blogs has led to less discussion and commenting for me. Many days I don’t even head to the comment sections and I must say I miss that. However, more blogs has meant I’m more picky about what I read.

    While I do miss many of the great (and often hysterical) discussions on blogs like NST or PP, I’m still getting fed a daily dose of perfume information and that’s what I was looking for.

    Too many perfume blogs is like saying there are too many books.

    1. Um… what?

      I’ll get back to you as soon as I dig myself out of this pile of books over here. Do I need more books? Well… yes. Yes, I do. Joshilyn Jackson has a new one in editing now, and Diana Gabaldon is working on Book 8 of the Outlander series, and another blogger I follow is in serious talks with an agent with her book… and that doesn’t even count the favorite authors I haven’t met yet.

      I agree completely.

  7. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Who are these bloggers to disparage anyone else’s blog, and to say that there are too many? Are there too many books in the world? Should publishers stop publishing because not every book is a classic? I can’t keep up with all the books published any more than I can keep up with all the perfume blogs – and that’s OK, I’ll find the ones I enjoy and read them. I won’t stress out because I can’t keep up with every conversation. Denyse and Octavian were dropped from my favorites list long ago because I got tired of exactly the attitude you discuss above. Honestly people, get over yourselves. You blog about perfume; it’s not on the same level as cancer research.

    1. YEAH. It’s not cancer research. Sure, it’s a multibillion dollar industry, but so is fashion, and how many freakin’ gazillion buzzillion fashion bloggers are there? Gazillion buzzillion many, that’s how.

      And now I need to go read more books. Yay, more books! Keep ’em comin’!

  8. Mals, this post (and part 1) have nicely summarized The Great War, and you’ve done it elegantly. I remember that first comment from Denyse, and the fallout afterwards, and while I didn’t participate in the conversation, I did find it hurtful— for the very reasons you’ve outlined above.

    I love that the fragrant blogosphere continues to grow— not every blog will appeal to me, and the only problem I have with the growth was perfectly phrased by Vanessa above: I too suffer from the “feeling that you cannot keep up with all your favorites”. I don’t comment nearly as much as I used to on my favorites, because I spend each morning (at least one hour) just reading the new posts, and if I want to get all my reading done, I can only comment a few places. I wish that I could engage in the dialogue at each address, but I guess I also feel like the blog authors who are my Daily Bread know that I read, love, and appreciate what they do, even if my comments aren’t as frequent as I’d like.

    There is so much good will between the bloggers themselves (at least, all the ones I know and love), I cannot wrap my head around the idea that a blogger would write a post attacking other bloggers. This is, I think, a quick way to alienate yourself (*ahem* Dane *cough*) from the people who would be your best and most genuine support.

    Thank you for this, Mals. In my little chess-set of perfume blogging, you are one of the Queens 😉

    1. AH, the Great War! Exactly… well, perhaps it was more like the political/diplomatic skirmish, but still. Mads all over the place. The only issue that I have with the proliferation of perfume blogs is the one you mentioned – not having enough time to do all this good writing justice. Anybody who spends half an hour reading a perfume blog will know who’s got the industry chops and who’s just writing for fun, if that’s the concern.

      The CEO has often mentioned to me that he’s surprised at how NICE everybody who comments is, and it’s true – we’ve been pampered by the atmosphere of Nice, and the piquey rants of somebody having a bad couple of months really stand out.

      And thanksabunch, Empress. 🙂

  9. Thank you for the clarification of a story that has whirled around me but basically passed me by. The scentbloggosphere has been awash with references without giving the skinny on who, what, how, where or why and way down here in Australia it just seemed like miasma.
    Clear now.
    Portia xx

    1. My assumption was that the situation was very confusing unless you happened to catch the first part of it (“Who ARE these people, and why are they so twisted up over a simple comment?), way back in… 2010, I think. I hope it’s been helpful!

  10. You’re so right! It is a case of growing pains. We have to let go of being able to read everything and keep abreast of the conversation. I can see why some people might mourn the good ole days but it is a sign of a thriving online community.

    I still keep tabs on the Grande Dames but the newer crop of perfume blogs have got a lot of the enthursiasm that maybe the older ones have -quite understandly – lost a little of over time. Perhaps it’s just a natural progression but it’s nice to read blogs by people who are at the same stage as you, as well as ones which are more knowledge based.

    I felt bad for Vanessa that her best-intentioned post was misinterpreted and caused a flare up. It’s easy to feel paranoid (I know!) but it’s quite clear that V is giving helpful advice about how to get noticed and gain a growing following, if that’s what you’re after. Rather than saying “Don’t blog unless you have something new to say”.

    Birgit summed up a lot of my own thoughts on the number of blogs with her post on Olfactoria’s Travels, which she re-posted last month after reading the post which kicked off your Part 1. You can read it here –

    http://olfactoriastravels.com/2012/02/25/why-i-blog-a-mission-statement-of-sorts-2/

    Thanks for the recap on the whole issue and links to the relevant blog posts involved. I had missed Brian’s post. Whoa, that was quite a ride!

    1. Thanks for your comment, Tara, and for helping to reframe my case! My working title for the point you mention was: “Write what you like, but find an angle.” Before that I had “..but consider finding an angle”, then figured it didn’t exactly trip off the tongue and dropped the “consider”! It is hard to be snappy without coming off a bit blunt – that is something I have learnt from all this. “If you want to get ahead, get a hook!” might have said it better. : – )

      1. Vanessa, with a topic like the one you tackled on such a huge site, I think it was probably impossible to be sure no one got the wrong end of the stick without labouring it so much that it would lose all readability. Plus you can’t legislate for misinterpretation and paranoia!

  11. Thanks for solving this mystery for me! I remember reading Brian’s entry and didn’t have a clue what he was talking about (although I found it perfectly enjoyable). I guess this is largely due to the fact that I find Denyse’s blog to be a complete snore and rather snooty and self-promoting (this is a personal pet peeve) that I rarely visit it. I’m grateful for the opportunity to now look back at all the links and see what’s what.

  12. Mals,

    I’m really, REALLY late on my reading. Your blog is one of those that I always read but sometimes I read it a week later so if feels too late to comment.

    Not sure if I’ve mentioned it to you before, but I owe you for the idea not only of my monthly statistics posts but perfume usage data collecting itself. Long before I started my blog, I was reading your weekly Diary posts and because of them I decided to add a diary part to my perfume database.

    But back to your articles.
    Since you waited for a very long time before posting on that topic, you had time to put it together so comprehensively that not only I read both parts of your “rant” in one breath but I also feel there is nothing to add to these posts and other people’s comments – I completely agree with you.

    You asked for more links: http://thealembicatedgenie.com/2012/03/03/one-two-many/

    It’s interesting how different things prick different people. Being a new(er) perfume blogger I wasn’t affected much by all those “too many” comments. At the same time (ok, a month later), not being a perfume critic, I was offended by interviews with MFK recently published by Persolaise. I was so offended that I wrote a long post about it last week. And then decided not to publish it. I’m still holding a grudge though and not reading that blog (speaking of grudgies).

    On the unrelated note: I’m not sure that you’re aware of it, but either your gravatar or your WordPress login is still connected to your old blog address and, what is worse, the most recent post there is NOT the one that gives the link to your new address.

  13. I’m probably one of those “new crap bloggers” that was talked about. But getting mad about new bloggers is a pretty silly thing to waste time worrying about. In the end, it doesn’t stop anyone from starting if they’ve really got a passion for it and kudos to them. The people who want to read will read and come back. Those who don’t like what you write will leave for some place else.

    As for being a know-nothing newbie. Blogging has always been a learning experience for me. I might not have the schooling, training, or know-how, but I look forward to learning as I go along and if that means I have to correct something I said earlier then so be it. After all, the formal schooling might be out of reach but I learn so much from just blogging that I don’t want to stop. It makes me happy to see other people who want to learn like me starting their blogs too. The way I see it, it’s easier to admit you were wrong when you mistook iris for a “floral” than it is to call people “crap” and take it back.

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