That is, of course, the fact that TamÂ has hung it up and nuked her blog (it’s the only way to be sure). Â A View from the Porch started around the same time this blog did, and eight years is a long run. Tam has been a daily stop for just about as long as she came across my radar, and I will certainly miss the free ice cream. But I can’t say I blame her.
It is an unfortunate circumstance for the hobbyist that blogging is something that has largely been professionalized. There are not very many hobby bloggers left out there. When I look around at the gun blogosphere in particular, there aren’t many left standing, and I have a feeling those of us who are spend more time these days wondering whether this is really a good use of our time than we used to. There are several professional blogs in the gun blogosphere now, but the only two I really like is Bearing Arms & TFB, both of whose main contributors started as hobbyists. (Yes, yes, there;’s also Gun Nuts, but I’ve never put Caleb’s outfit squarely in the professional space. To me if you start as a hobbyist, you stay a hobbyist, unless you sell your blog for big money to a media company)
It is very difficult as a hobbyist to keep up with people who do this gig professionally. I think for the gun community, the commercialization of blogs is both a good sign and a bad one. Â It good because it means that there’s enough eyeballs that people see money making potential, but the gun blogosphere community I started in has all but disappeared. I think we do lose something putting the gun issue in the hands of professionals rather than having it driven by grassroots folks who just have a passion for the issue, even if there’s no money in it.