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The Blog as an Art form

Intro

Imagine

A long narrow gallery

  • Paintings
  • Sculptures
  • Books
  • Stories
  • Films

Or a stage

  • Dance
  • Sing
  • Beat poetry

Now imagine it’s the trailer of a semi-truck taking you and your work from door to door and town to town allowing everyone in America and beyond to not just observe your work, but talk to you about it, to ask questions, and let you express the passion and the heart behind your work and the real message you carry?

That my friend is what a blog can do for you…

What is a blog?

To many a blog means:

  • Journalism lite
  • Literature lite
  • Gossip
  • Rambling collections of boring personal trivia
  • Poorly informed opinions, badly stated

There are some who love to pin precise definitions on tools that are clearly still evolving. I’m not one of them. To me a blog is any web site that:

  • Is updated regularly
  • Allows comments and feedback

There are many, many bad blogs. Why

  • Low barriers to entry
  • Now easier to find a place to say something than it is to find something worth saying.
  • The fundamental nature of a blog – a blog is not the equivalent of a newspaper, art gallery, or novel.

It is the equivalent of a ream of paper. It is a blank and neutral canvas for you to express your vision- whatever quality, depth or interest to others that vision may or may not be.

Imagine you could browse all the collected scraps of paper in your city. Some would be receipts, some would be reports, some would be children’s scribbling, but some would be brilliant. Perhaps even lifechanging.  Blogs are just the same

“A blog is merely a tool that lets you do anything from change the world to share your shopping list. People will use it however they wish. … It’s more about conversation than content” –Jeff Jarvis

http://www.ojr.org/ojr/stories/050929/

Examples:

Writing blog        multitude

Photo blog           Amie Vanderford – http://memphisphotog.blogspot.com/

Calligraphy          Roann Matthias http://www.roanndesigns.com/blog/

Music                    Loudersoft http://loudersoft.com/

Theology             Scott Lenke http://prodigalthought.wordpress.com/

Spoken Poetry  http://classicpoetryaloud.podomatic.com/

Art & awareness Chris Jordan http://www.chrisjordan.com/current_set2.php

  • Not technically a blog but brilliant use of internet.

With a little imagination you could create blogs for your sculpture, dance, poetry (written and spoken) and maybe even architecture.

Unique to the media

Hyperlink

  • Serialization
  • Context
    • Your work
    • Work of others
    • Interaction
      • Interwoven arcs

Comments

Writing a book – months or years

  • Feedback from spouse, editor, close friends
  • Publish – critics and public
  • Forget sales – how will you know how your work affects people?
    • For many authors – a blog
  • Interaction with audience
  • Debate or connection
  • Follow up email, phone, meeting.

Kingdom, philosophy, and interaction – The true beauty is interaction…

Lord save us from your followers – Dan Merchant http://www.lordsaveusthemovie.com/book.html

Grew up in a church environment placed lots of emphasis on:

  • Believing the right things
  • Saying the right things
  • Having the right answers

And when you have such a great wealth of right answers, it just seems right to broadcast them on:

  • Billboards
  • Bumper stickers
  • T-shirts
  • Picket signs

Fairly one-way forms of communication, but having the right answers there is really no need for further conversation. Just for the world to stop arguing and admit our tremendous rightness.

Doesn’t work that way. Jesus didn’t build billboard and monuments and big arrows pointing the way. He went to where people were and engaged them creatively.

TradeOffTradeOffTriangle

As artists- are we making one sided artistic statements or are we starting conversations?

The Shack – say what you want about it, but everyone talking about it.

To me better to have the right questions

  • What is success?
  • Is the American dream worth the cost to all involved?
  • No matter how many fish symbols it has on it, do I really need more stuff?

By putting your art up on the internet you allow a greater range of communication with the rest of the world.

And that is what we’re after right?

Quick tips for writers – Things I learned the hard way…

Tying in to social media – Go thou into all the internet….

Interconnection

  • Feeds
  • Widgets
  • Twitter feeds
  • Post feeds
  • Facebook connect

Meet bloggers

  • MyBlogLog
  • BlogCatalog

Meet people

  • Facebook
  • Twitter

Meet illiterate adolescents

  • Myspace
  • Youtube

Meet churchy people

  • Tangle
  • godwitter

Getting started

  • Blogger.com
  • WordPress.com
  • WordPress.org     –self hosted

Random Stuff

Video

Dr T http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7SxasVOh-A

DangerCouch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmTppOGkDdw

Print

http://brentdiggs.com/blog/memphis-zombies-video-retrospective video pics prose

http://brentdiggs.com/blog/powersaw-poetry-a-toothsome-tale-of-love poetry prose photography

http://brentdiggs.com/blog/writing-prompts-for-the-not-so-prompt pics formatting sub headings

http://brentdiggs.com/blog/reverend-brent spoken word audio pics

Q and A

Blogging as an Art Form –resources

Philosophy of Communication

Lord Save Us From Your Followers (book and film) – Dan Merchant http://www.lordsaveusthemovie.com/book.html

Unchurcy (ebook) – Jon Swanson http://levite.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/unchurchy-swanson2-22-911.pdf

Design + Usability

Chris Pearson http://www.pearsonified.com/category/design_tips

Skellie  http://www.skelliewag.org/the-blog-usability-checklist-95.htm

How to

Lorelle on WordPress – Lorelle VanFossen http://lorelle.wordpress.com/2005/08/29/learning-about-blogging-and-how-to-blog/

Book: http://lorelle.wordpress.com/books/blogging-tips/

Chris Brogan http://www.chrisbrogan.com/best-of/

If money didn’t matter, I would spend my time

* conversing with people who feel distant from God about what His love might look like,

*conversing with people who feel close to God about how to be more like Him, and

* creating stories and content which convey that love and acceptance and obedience.

And because money doesn’t matter as much as people matter, I get to spend a lot of time doing those three things.

-Jon Swanson