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After reading an interview with creator of Colossal: Art & Design blog, Chris Jobson, on Hyperallergic, I have a bit more perspective on how to shape my blogging and art writing for the new year. It’s a relativitely short interview and quite informative if you’re looking into creating and building your own virtual space. I’m also taking a few days off from posting the heavy art musings since I’m working on a few pieces at the moment that require all of my brain cells!

Thanks again, Matt G!

Although I’ve known about Soundcloud for quite some time and listened to local artists and composers on this really awesome site, I decided to venture into something new — start my own account and create audio blog posts! Would that be considered audlogging? Ah, nevermind. There’s no ring to it. Anyway…

Primarily, I wanted to conduct interviews with artists, gallerists, and/or curators in the future using this nifty site. I definitely want to make this blogging experience interesting! Please let me know what you think and if you have questions, feel free to ask. I would be willing to answer them via audio post.

Quick note: The artists/composers I mention in the audio clip are Matt Ganucheau and Cullen Miller. You can click here and here to listen to their music. Enjoy!

This is a quote from the movie Contagion. Elliot Gould plays scientist, Ian Sussman, in the film.

You want to know what I say to that statement. Bullsh*t!

As a contributor to a few organizations, I have the pleasure of working with editors and supporters that give me extremely useful and productive feedback that not only improves my writing, but my critical thinking skills. Admittedly, I love the quote because there are many bloggers who exhibit poor grammar, diction, syntax, and total lack or desire to EDIT. However, there are bloggers, such as myself, that constantly try to improve and use our blogs as a reference and a record of our learning, our musings, our mistakes, mishaps, and observations of the world. Okay, I’ll kick the soapbox to the corner now.

Last thing, what the hell does a scientist know about writing? I’ve met a good number of scientists that are not very articulate. Okay, okay, enough. I need to work on some writing deadlines (yes, it never (ever) ends). Playing catch up has been very difficult lately. As one of my favorite professors has reminded me about the nascent stage of any piece – you gotta turn on the faucet and let the brown water run!!

Let’s hope the plumbing is all right…

This cartoon about blogging was originally published in the New Yorker in 2005 and created by Alex Gregory. Think about that…2005. Blogging has been around for decades though. Technology moves fast and I’m sure many of you weren’t on the internet as much in 2005 (or maybe you were, tech folks, obviously, but my mother – not as much). I’m not going to get into the technical history on this post but you can check out this CNET news article here with a pretty nifty timeline.

I’m writing about this topic because I read a blog posting about, well, you guessed it, blogging, written by Barbara Jane Reyes (BJR) – phenomenal writer! She discusses reader engagement and the deluge of social networking sites (i.e., Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc.) and its effect on the blogosphere. Let’s face it…everyone in the world can have a blog (of course, it becomes a question of accessibility) BUT the desire and motivation to produce content is a complete different story. From poetry to fashion to food to art to gossip to fiction/non-fiction, there’s a blog for anyone and everyone interested in something. BJR writes,

I am experiencing a bit of nostalgia over his post, what it once was like in a space that I now complain daily is rife with noise, clutter, thoughtlessness and insincerity.

The imagery that comes to mind is our own physical world. The physical world is glut with things we don’t need and discard, more so now than ever. These days, we have to navigate a virtual world as well. A world that is excessive and, perhaps, more confusing!! Although some folks don’t believe pumping out content on a daily basis is worth it, I decided to engage in the experience. I’ve been doing this Post a Day 2011 challenge through WordPress, which has its own advantages and disadvantages.

Advantage: 1) Learning discipline, 2) reading (way more) and discovering new artists, art movements, and anything related to art that provokes me to write or post, 3) being mindful and posting content that parallels with my goals and aspirations – people, places, and ideas I want to study and research, 4) connecting with people all over the world (a German scholar contacted me about my work and photography, and 5) having my blog serve as my portfolio

Disadvantage: People not reading or caring. More often than not, this can really dampen all of the advantages. 😦

In talking to people about blogs they follow, many individuals have a tendency to follow blogs that deal with the following content: sex, fashion, gossip, and food (and sex, oh, I said that one already). They may not readily admit it but if you look at statistics online (i.e., followers to these sites/blogs), you will see for yourself. Trust me, not slamming ANY blogs with this type of content but merely pointing out that the content relates to the Physical/Physicality of being in the world? Let’s face it, I find Art ridiculously juicy and filled with so much intellectual, emotional, and psychological stimulation BUT I highly doubt people are re-tweeting or re-blogging my interpretation of Theodor Adorno‘s essay on ‘Society’ where he explains art as knowledge informing a society. People want to connect where they are at in a moment. They don’t want to put in the work to connect.

And you know what?

That’s OKAY with me. Being an art writer/blogger has a specific audience and I’m not going to cater or pander to folks. Over time, I’ve realized my blog needs to be a space that shows progress and not perfection (as my old guitar teacher has said). It really is about progress not perfection. It’s a virtual work space. MY work space. BJR states,

As for myself, I just need to keep doing what I’m doing, writing to work out my work…having this blog be the space where I continue to process what needs processing, so I can continue to envision a project, write it to completion, see it through to publication and beyond.

Agreed! I’m going to keep art writing and posting the things I love and hoping readers (who truly read) consider the things I’ve written and find themselves engaged…

Contemplating all the next steps for the new year...

Dear Friends and Family,

Surprisingly, writing on my art blog everyday is not a resolution for 2011!

Rather, I’ve decided to form a habit. It’s been said that it takes up to 6 weeks (to form a habit, that is) so here’s my shot at writing, publicly, in 2011! How is this different from a resolution, you ask? It’s different in that I have no idea where this experiment will take me and it’s a habit (very rarely is a ‘resolution’ synonymous with a habit). I’m also up for challenging myself and getting my thoughts out there versus having them become stale rock hard thoughts that weigh me down. The promise is more to myself than anything or anyone else. I WILL write (a sentence, a paragraph, an essay) everyday about one of my passions, the deepest passion, which is Art – EVERYDAY. Yes, I said it, EVERYDAY!

This will not be easy and some days, I may just throw a word on my blog and not care BUT I’m trying to make my voice known and heard in the arts community so I’m starting the habit today!! I will also be making use of TheDailyPost, a community of other bloggers with similar goals.

If you’re a friend or family member reading this blog, I highly encourage you to leave comments and/or questions. I could always use the feedback, support, guidance, and constructive criticism! Cheers to a new year and, hopefully, a lot of new wonderful art projects and writing opportunities!

Hearts and stars and monkey bars,

Dorothy (aka E/IC Art Lover)