How Hobby Blogs are Replacing Hobby Books – My Kayaking Example

We live in a different time, a digital era. Many of us book lovers have had to adjust to this era in a very different way. We love to read books, and the feel of paper, the sensation of turning the physical page, remain unique and very special to us. But that doesn’t mean we don’t see the advantages of blogs that can replace some non-fiction books, specifically hobby and craft books. In fact, a few months ago, if I wanted to find any information about kayaking, and which equipment is the best one for me, I would have had to go to Barnes & Noble and pick up a book or magazine about kayaking.

But these days, it is much easier, and sometimes more precise, to simply go to a kayaking review website, like The Kayak Critic, and read detailed reviews about the types of kayaks that interest me. I happened to be interested in fishing and I heard there are many advantages to kayak fishing as opposed to fishing from a motor boat. So it goes without saying that I would be interested in the best kayak for fishing out there. This will save me a lot of time and money as I can just read the fishing kayak reviews without wasting time on all the other types of kayaks. This is a huge time saver as I won’t have to go through a whole book about kayaking and read page after page on recreational kayaking, or sea kayaking, or even where is the best place to kayak. Useful information to be sure, but not what i want to read on at that particular moment.

There is only so much an author can fit in a book without it being overwhelming for the reader. Besides, many hobby enthusiasts would like to see videos and have up to date information on the latest products from their hobby brand manufacturers, something that is not possible in a book. Take for example the kayaking book I mentioned above. By the time the physical book is published many of its contents and recommendations would be obsolete and probably not be applicable anymore to a reader that is already part of the kayaking scene. What that reader would want to know about is the latest news and the latest products in the market today, so he can either decide on upgrading now or waiting until the next model comes out.

Blogging on products is now the more common and more effective way to review and share one’s opinion on a product. The format of reviewing products still remains the same yet there is the additional benefit of an interactive element to it since you can comment on the reviews and counter comment. Another advantage to a hobby review blog is the fact that the author of the site is an enthusiast himself, which adds experience and expertise to the reviews from someone that actually uses the product versus just reads about them.

In case you are wondering, I did eventually find and buy my fishing kayak. After reading the kayak reviews on the Kayak Critic web site and educating myself on the types of kayaks in general, I learned so much on what it takes to be a successful kayak angler, including what equipment I needed and what I didn’t.