I think Ravelry is great. I far prefer it to Facebook as a social network - I think it has better features and the interface is much nicer. But who has time? I've entered my books that other people have already put in. Most of mine aren't there, and I haven't got time to set up a Library Thing account and enter all mine. I certainly haven't got time to photograph my stash and upload it, although I'd really like to make time to collect up all the photos of my finished projects and upload them to flickr. But I've got far too many anyway - without paying for a professional flickr account it will take me months to upload all the ones I've got.
I can't even keep up with the seven low-traffic Ravelry groups I belong to (including the one I moderate, PhD Procrastination). I've completely given up on the high-traffic moderator's group - it's just noise as far as I can see. How do people do it?
I would be really sad if the rise of Ravelry meant the death of blogs. Ravelry isn't a substitute for blogs - the discussion forums are more like email lists, and don't allow the opportunity for people to really explain what they're thinking and doing the way a blog does. A blog is like a little soap box, where the blogger can speak from their own place and host ensuing comments, and there's nothing like that in Ravelry. My reader numbers are back to 'normal', so maybe the blip was only temporary.
What do you think? Am I being a stick-in-the-mud? As blogs seemed to have replaced email lists, will ravelry replace blogs? And does it matter?
In other time-related news, I put in my application for an APA/UPA scholarship today. This would allow me to work on my PhD full-time and do work for money part-time. It's a long shot, but you have to give it a go. Wish me luck.