I always connect to other blogs by clicking on Iain Robinson's blog and going down his side panel. Some of the blogs are short "review" types, some are updates on current layouts, but some, it seems to me, are intended to convince the reader that the author has some special insights or attitudes to modelmaking. They ask complicated questions, ostensibly of themselves, but in fact of everybody, about readers' attitudes to their own work. Now there are only 2 main types of model enthusiasts really. Those who squeeze a bit of work in on a layout or model when they can and those who do it for a living. The latter (with the noble exception of Iain's own writings) are few and far between. Naturally, the bulk of blogs are from the former category, but there are just a couple of a third category who do all the navel gazing, theoretical stuff, Significantly, there is rarely much actual modelmaking done by this sub group. They seem to spend so long asking all those largely unnecessary questions, that the bench is somewhere almost alien to them.
I make models because I can and because it beats working for some pratt in a leather chair who thinks he's better than I am. I can just make ends meet by doing so. I used to earn very well from it, because the going rate was worth doing it for. Now, there is less work for my particular sections of what I used to do, but the over-riding fact was that I did it because it was the least worst option in employment. I never gave the art/craft dichotomy a moment's thought, except to tell people on forums not to keep going on about every half decent bit of model making being a "work of art", when it was merely a competent piece of craftsmanship. Maybe because all the men in my family were craftsmen, I am more than happy to be a craftsman myself. Most so called art I see these days is so mind-bogglingly appalling that I would want only to distance myself from it.
There is a certain element of artfulness to some work, where one must make decisions on what to leave out, but that's it. There might be a little artistry in depicting a scene cleverly, but it's craftsmanship that gets you there.
So why all the psycho babbling philosophising? I assume it makes the authors of it feel somehow a cut above the rest of us. But the proof, gentleman, of the pudding, is in the eating. Show us something you've done yourself from absolute scratch and we'll see just how far all your day-dreaming has got you towards the aim of something beyond playing with trains.
So far, the best modelmaking, by far, is NOT in railway modelling, but in model cars, model ships, flying and static model aircraft and especially, model engineering. In which, there is no bullshit about art. Just good, honest craftsmanship by men (and sometimes the occasional woman) who are either self taught or properly shown the way, apprentice-style, by masters.
Let's leave all the art crap to the fakers and kite flyers who profess to be artists....Con artists, most of them. Piss artists, the rest. And as for the dreamers and question masters. Complete wastes of space who are neither to any useful degree.