Why dont we combine Bonsai nut, bonsai talk, aob, and bonsaisite together? That is wonderful idea
I would like to see more artist that post progressions of their work, those seem the most satisfying to read. All too often I find a site where the artist has collected or bought a very expensive specimen and then wires it and carves it a little and then its shown as this major transformation.
Sometimes I think, well how can you really go wrong with a 300 year old juniper? A. Make a triangle on top or wherever there is foliage, B. Expose wood fibers and preserve.
Dont get me wrong, their some amazing work being done with collected material, but to me, nursery, seedlings, and pre-bonsai are much more inspiring for me at this stage. I honestly dont like collecting anything from the wild, and I will probably be in my 50s or 60s before I can afford any wild junipers, so I dont get much out of watching these transformations. Sometimes I think, well how can you really go wrong with a 300 year old juniper? A. Make a triangle on top or wherever there is foliage, B. Expose wood fibers and preserve.
"BonsaiNut and BonsaiChat would be getting the better end of the deal if they partnered with BonsaiTalk and BonsaiSite, but the larger sites usually have no interest in doing so."
I disagree here as far as getting the better end of the deal, unless the criteria is # of hits, it's already been touched on for some reasons so I won't go there, but I don't think the members and staff of the "so called lesser sites" would want that either, each has it's own atmosphere, and some just would drag things down IMHO.
I visit 3 sometimes 4 depending on time and boredom, again each has it's niche, good enough for most, I vote no mergers.
The old quality vs quantity debate has been had in almost every venue, including food...you want food fast and where a lot of people eat, go to McDonalds (over 1 billion served)...the same can be said about many McBonsai sites.
Not to be overly pessimistic, but many high traffic sites are such because of the large number of beginners or intermediate practitioners posting, go to any one and count the posts of those at or under intermediate level compared to those above.....the math is true.
I see no purpose served in degrading other bonsai sites.
.... I wish things were like they were back in 2004-2006 when Harry, Walter, and the other big shots still posted, those were indeed the days
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