I have been a "Digger" for some months now. When I signed up, I was full of excitement at the prospect of making many friends, and looked forward to broadening my mind and discovering more wonderful sites in my particular sphere of interest - Art.
Of course I have other interests - Life, Women's issues, (as well as Environmental issues, politics, health,wealth, music, entertainment etc etc.) but Art, artists and art-making is my passion.
I noticed when I first joined, however, that when I submitted one of my articles about Art-making, that there was no Art category. The nearest thing to it was "Offbeat news" or "design" or "celebrity" Now, I do not consider my art offbeat - it is far too ordinary for that. Nor does my particular brand of semi-realistic oil-painting, even my Abstract Art, belong under the Design category, much less the "celebrity". Feeling a little peeved at not finding anything that suited my "niche" I nevertheless persevered as only a stubborn matriarch with a well-developed survival instinct (Having lived through armed car-jackings on my doorstep, house theft every few months, and sundry other minor daily mind-slaughter from living with teenagers) can.
In my experience there is plenty of Art around these days that is fairly mainstream and ordinary but nevertheless integral to daily life and I thought that the powers that be at Digg must be aware of the visual images that assault or seduce us on a daily basis, or they are blind, or indeed (surely NOT!?) prejudiced. After all this is America, right - the land of the Free and all that jazz. Anything goes, right?
So, I have dismissed these vague doubts and negative perceptions and carried on Digging away - adding to my Friends list frantically, sending out more and more shouts in the hope of getting support. I was under the perhaps naive impression that a site such as Digg, born in America, founded firmly upon Democratic principles, espousing the "Everyone is welcome here" ideal of Democracy would attract people with a broad range of interests and sensibilities like mine which reflected the broad range of cultures that exist in that huge expanse of territory.
Sadly it seems that I was wrong. The most Diggs I have had for any of my articles is about 16. I have tried to contact Digg a few times about their categorisation, but I am just ignored - I guess they really don't like Art. I must draw the conclusion form this that my blog is :
a) So boring as to be not worth reading to "Diggers"
b) Too many images and so not Diggable
I would welcome input on this - you are welcome to give your opinion - I am really wanting honesty here. I have decided that the response to this article will be my yardstick. If I get 20 or more votes I will stick with Digg, otherwise I will just support Stumble where I seem to be making many more friends who appreciate me and my stuff. I just don't have the time to do both. After all I have a family to look after, paintings to paint, animals to feed, a garden to tend, Christmas presents to buy, friends to visit (yes, actually have a FACE-to- FACE conversation with, preferably over a boozy lunch), a strict diet and exercise regime to attend to.....did I say a Life to lead....?
To those that did "read" me - Bless you and long life to you. To the rest - cheers, it was good not knowing you.