Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Best Craft Blog?!?

Okay, I wasn't really paying that much attention to the Bloggies (awards for Blogs, naturally) but when I found out that the Best Craft Blog winner was this, I was a little shocked. I mean, come on. Sure, they make stuff, but I'm sorry, a home made arc welder? Revamping an NES to make it look like a PS2?!? Do these strike anyone as a little, ahem, male? I hate to cry sexism in this day and age, but look at the other blogs nominated: Loobylu, NotMartha, Yarn Harlot, and Angry Chicken. All brilliant, all worthy. And all of the softer, female craft variety. Were the only people to vote teenage boys? I can admit that Yarn Harlot tends to stick to knitting and spinning, but NotMartha is an equal opportunity craft site. One that I constantly visit, incidentally. Okay, admittedly, the winner does have a "Make your own sextant" link, but I really don't think I will be making a sextant anytime soon. And it just doesn't seem very craft-y to me. Maybe I need to look up "craft" in the dictionary...

Okay, so by definition, craft is "to make by hand" so I guess it qualifies. I just find it annoying that the other sites make by hand, and beautify, and this site makes by hand to have nifty gadgets. Could just be a personality conflict, I guess.

edited to add: Hey, Loobylu won for best Australian weblog! That's at least a bit of a relief.

11 comments:

zenonna said...

Yeah, I agree. There seems to be a pretty big trend right now toward DIY gadgets, but that's not really the same thing as "crafty". BTW, can I just say, I think I must be one of your least crafty friends? Of course, that doesn't mean that I don't appreciate the craftiness in others!

Anonymous said...

i think this blog is great too :) http://manuela-aleunam.blogspot.com/

nigel said...

Well many congratulations! Like your site / blog!. May I add a small blog that gives some good reasons why we, ordinaly people should support local crafts. Nigel. Side Street Studio
http://blog.sidestreetstudio.com/wood/10-reasons-why-you-should-buy-local-arts-crafts/

David Maslow said...

This is a really great blog. My mother loves to read all the different ideas for crafting and this is one of her favorite.

Miranda Caine said...

I love your blog, but there is a new one that has only been up for a few days that I can tell is going to be good its uh.... http://kraftstreet.blogspot.com/ its called 24 Kraft Street. I like it so far

Anonymous said...

I love crafting too...I happened on this site and it has the cutest crafts and embroidery and many are free. They currently have a free stick horse pattern...love it, love it, love it. I will have to check the 24 Kraft Street Blog out...thanks.

Anonymous said...

Sorry I forgot to leave the link for the free stick horse patterns: http://mavericklogo.com/Specials.htm

Kathryn Michelle Jenkins said...

haha very funny and true!. great blog, glad i found it.

kathryn
www.thedragonsfairytail.blogspot.com

Vicki @ easyhomecraft said...

More than 3400 pages? That's not a blog it's a full on business enterprise! Love the creativity of just one person and what they love to do best.

Anonymous said...

Um, isn't it a little sexist to believe that only men are interested in welding and gaming? All of the projects on MAKE are possible for men or women, boys or girls. "Crafts" doesn't have to only be for girls who like embroidery (Rosey Grier anyone?) I'm a female welder who also enjoys fiber arts. Where do I fit in, in your opinion?

Sara said...

Well, I don't exactly know why I am defending a blog I wrote SIX YEARS AGO, but since this entry always seems to pick up comments every so often (I also haven't updated in almost three years, but stll get comments on this one for some reason) I will attmpt to clarify. This entry was about the Bloggies in 2006, and at the time, it seemed as though the more "girly" crafts were being overlooked for the more "boyish" ones. Make, at the time, was more centered around the more geeky pursuits, and seemed a clearly more maledominated pick. Nowhere am I saying that girls can't weld or boys can't embroider. It was only an observation of an award that occurred, I repeat, SIX YEARS AGO.