Friday, December 12, 2008

Project Green: Blogs

I was looking over the weekly handout about project green. I thought this is as good a place as any to get my thoughts together.
Here are some professional sites I enjoy:
Smashing Magazine
The Dieline
These sites function in highlighting design inspiration and techniques, but also serve as a platform to make themselves important players in the design industry. I'm drawn to them because they are routinely updated and include a variety of works--SM highlights creative inspiration posts right next to useful CSS tools next to Photoshop brushes; and The Dieline focuses on all types of packaging from labels to inventive repackaging (a re-useable, recycled-paper, water bottle!). I can't think of much that I don't like about them, which is probably why I go them everyday.

Also great blog, undesign related: 101 Cookbooks very clean layout and simple layout, but it really adds a calming feel which I think she is purposely trying to go for.

However, musician blogs I find tend to leave the most lacking. Everyone and everyone is supposed to have a blog. Yet, many people miss the point of a blog when they only update every few months. I feel that blogs are supposed to gain a regular readership and that'll only happen if there's something to read. For instance Kimya Dawson, her "News" page should act as a professional blog of anything newsworthy, however it went a whole year without being updated. I know she was not completely newsworthy from 2007-2008. But her diary--not for professional purposes--is updated with complete regularity. So, I guess that's something that irks me. You'd think they would want to really utilize this tool to maintain a strong fan base.

I really enjoyed doing this, because keeping a blog is something that I've been intending to do, but hadn't gotten around to it. I think there are three main divisions of things I post--intellectual curiosities, examples and personal work. I will probably redesign this blog with that in mind. I'm also considering switching to a different platform, or really looking more into Blogger, because there are some layout/design things that I'd like to fix. Nothing has really been difficult in maintaining this, I'm surprised that I've always found something to post about... maybe lack of readership/comments is disappointing. I'd like to have more of an ongoing conversation, but are blogs really conversations or just one sided presentations with a small Q&A (usually just questions) at the end?


adam. said...

alright alright. i do understand your disapproval in musicians updating their blogs less often than they should. it is actually almost every musician who has a blog, with the exception of which is updated almost daily (maybe because more than one person posts there). BUT the main reason for this is, musicians aren't thinking about blogging as a required part of their day. they are hopefully concerned with making better music for you. maybe give them a small small break?

Sam said...

I've really enjoyed your blog.

I haven't ever really seen a good musician's blog. Interesting point, there. Sorry I haven't been commenting in a while. I'm still up for the crossword challenge.

h. van de mark said...

Adam--I meant to add in my post that if musicians are at that level that they want to keep a blog (a daily interactive converstaion) rather than just posting the occasional news item, they should hire someone to do it. ahem, not that I'm suggesting anything...

Sam--Thanks! I assure you the enjoyment is mutual. I'll let you know about the crosswords b/c I would like to do it too. Maybe when you send out that list with everyone's email, I'll send something out.