Wednesday, August 12, 2009

surveying the territory

After spending a few months flitting about in blogland, here's what I have noticed as I browsed:

How nice it is to look at images. I was always too much of a word person, and blog posts, part of the flickering rush of the big Internet, are a good exercise in the balance of words and images.

That google ads always look a bit lame, and that I never, ever click on them unless it is out of conscious goodwill toward their host website.

That there is a good sense of immediacy and evolution in being part of a community of people who are interested in ephemeral matters.

That I don't particularly like wallpaper, decals, brown, dark blue, unedited emotion, busy femininity or the mid-century look.

That I like white, order, the courtesy of strangers, considered enthusiasm, a well-turned phrase, minor opulence and soft chalky hues.

That it's a pleasure to have a medium in which one does not have to be conclusive.


  1. Interesting observations. My attitude to Google ads is the same. They do look a bit lame, but they are infinitely less offensive than the self-propagating pop-ups of years gone by.

    And yes, there is a palpable feeling of being part of a community, albeit one that is constantly and quickly shifting, and large parts of which remain forever invisible and unknown.

  2. Oh yes, those google ads! Never anything relevant and they always remind me of salesmen in cheap suits.

    Interesting comments on blogging - I think for me blogs are preferable to facebook and other social sites that are a bit too snappy for me in their pace.

  3. i totally agree! those google ads are so lame. hence the reason why i chose to avoid those on my site.

  4. I remember those pop-ups, Stan. What a joy it was back then to be the millionth visitor to every website.

    And you're right, Catherine; I look upon Facebook as a singing and dancing address book, whereas with a blog you can venture a second paragraph to develop a thought.

  5. Very astute observations, Mise. I greatly appreciate beautiful imagery and a well-turned phrase as well. Frankly, I don't think there is enough of the latter out in the blogosphere. And I apologize for the Google ads but it's hard to resist the big bucks. Ha!

  6. very poignant mise, i've never clicked on the ads either, i love it when a picture tells a story and there's no need for words at all

  7. Alek, you are definitely an honorary exception to my google ad antipathy. Please have a gin on my click revenue.

    And Elaine, I'm trying to get better at images, and one day I'll abandon words entirely and live in colour and peace.

  8. So glad you're enjoying being part of the blogosphere! I do find exposure to all this great design a useful way of honing my own taste. And I've become more consistent and coherent as I go along.

    As for the words. I think they're important. I like people who have some show AND tell. Not just show. But that's just me. Words are important to me.

  9. I loved reading this post. I agree with practically everything you've said (I've still not managed to bond with the 'mid-century' look either).

    I find the blogging 'community' (whatever that means) to be incredibly supportive. I'm really touched when people I've never met (or even spoken to) take the time to say they've enjoyed my posts, or offer feedback.

    I'm an online journalist, as well, and I can't begin to explain the difference in the comments you receive in that capacity.

    But I'll have a go: The most typical negative comment is something along the lines of 'what a load of b*ll*cks - you're a crap writer' or 'I'm so totally not interested in what you have to say'.

    Blogging is a lovely place to hide when your skin is feeling a bit thin!

  10. Serena, poor you. What the online equivalent of the green ink element of the general public needs is probably a short course in lampshade making to distract themselves.


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