I started blogging privately way back in May of 2004, when a lot of blogs were private, or of questionable content and dubious authorship. I went “public” in June of that year on my now defunct SquareSpace blog—- there were 3257 entries over 4 years, many of which did not make the transition to this one–though there are many now i wish i HAD saved, for the photo memories. I would blog 2, 3, 4 even 5 times a day! I mostly worked on the machine, and a lot of my “art” was mixed media pile-it-on-crap, so a lot of it is not a loss 🙂 If ever i “need” to remember what i did there/then, i look at my Flickr account! In 2008, i started posting primarily here, as it was a free platform (SquareSpace is glitchy and VERY expensive now.) though there was short period i went back to it after a debacle with the admins of WP! That was fixed and here i remain.
I went from HappyHappy Manic Experimenter to Rantsypants McSnarker for the most part, in the last 2.5 years especially. Age? Cynical realist? Pah, whatever, there are still a few good words in me, though i generally reserve judgement now. I do miss my own old joie de vivre, but hey, that’s life.
I have less to say these days, sometimes just because it’s redundant, or doesn’t really need to be aired, or makes no sense to anyone else. I also kicked myself in the face too often as well, and so no more of that. I still have a private “work blog” where my ideas, plans, samplings and wonderings are stored. I find it most freeing there to get things actually done. For the record, there’s no snarliness about anyone or anything but myself there–criticism of others is counter productive in your own stoodio 🙂
I still follow a few from “the old days”, valuing them highly, for content, clear headedness, artistic vision, integrity and ethics. I dropped a lot too. I miss the “old days” though when it was all new and exciting, real art being made, new discoveries and mediums and methods; now it seems most are gushy DIY re-inventions of the wheel, sycophantic blindness and slapping everything into the same piece. Few are focused and serious! I know some who just gave up as well, some who lost interest, some i guess who realized they really were wasting time, some who stopped because life dealt them a serious blow. And those who stopped wasting time and just DID instead of writing about the Did…..Curmudgeonly and irascible i am, and few blow me away now, but i am loyal to those who put the effort in! I know a few of those still follow me as well, and i do thank you, you loyal friends and compadres in this increasingly cheapened world.
As i have said before too, with WP’s apparent “Follow Drive”, just because you follow me, doesn’t me i will reciprocate–most of what you do does not interest me, plainly put. Yep, i live in a narrow narrow world, but i know the space well, and trust it.
But yet i do blog, no? Habit is strong after 11 years. In the days before the WWW, i had a diary or what they artfully now call a “journal”. Mine’s not pretty very often, but it’s honest. It’s kept me honest too.
If you are one of those who till talk to me, or read, even without commenting, thanks. Appreciated.