There are several sites on the internet where a blogger can answer a few questions and provide a link to the blog, and the site will calculate how much the blog is “worth.” Not that I’d ever sell The Vintage Traveler, but considering the time and energy I put into this blog, the price is a paltry amount.
The way I see it, the real value of a blog is what happens as a result. In my case, I’m happy to be a part of a group of people who share my interest in and love of fashion history. I like to think that we are adding to the body of knowledge that makes up that history.
I said “we” instead of “I” for a reason, as I consider the comments and feedback that are posted here to be as important as any original post that I happen to write. I’ll freely admit that I often get it wrong in my assumptions, and I’m happy to be led to the truth by a reader. And I’m always happy to let readers add to any story I might tell.
I’m saying all this because in the past week I’ve gotten two emails from valued readers and friends who feared they were “over-stepping” in their comments made here. I want to assure anyone who posts at The Vintage Traveler that all comments are welcome (unless they are mean, but that’s another story). I can tell you that I blogged for five years with only an occasional comment and I felt like I was talking to an empty room. It is the interaction between the blog and commenters that gives added worth to the original writing.
So, thanks to all who take the time to read and comment (even snarky little brothers).
Another perk to writing a blog is meeting new friends. Diana of Past Pieces Vintage was in Asheville recently with her friend, and we got together for a very fun lunch. After talking here and on Instagram, it was like meeting an old, instead of new, friend. Thanks again, Diana!