Some Breakfast Thoughts On Blogging In General
…And Particulary On The Internet As A Tool
This article is more about blogging and internet than about animation. It’s full of personal opinions. But perhaps my thoughts may be helpful to one or two people.
Next to all the fun stuff I do like animation and fine art, I also do graphic design to pay the bills. Most of these projects are websites. While I was breeding about some great ideas for a client I ran into a creative dead end and has to reset my head somehow. Well, there are some tricks to do this, doing something completely different, for example. I chose to have a look on already existing and outstanding websites and to find out why those are outstanding. But: how to find them? I googled for “random website” to see what google would show me because google sometimes has brilliant humour (well, its programmers has)… I got a random website which leads me to other sites randomly.
While watching these I learned that most designers use the same parameters as I do but slightly different. Websites normally consist of pretty much the same things like navigation, content, header, footer and so on. I as a webdesigner have some technical limitations, and the chief attraction however is to get out the most possible creative solutions (if the client has asked for it). So far so good. While watching all these nice and fancy websites, I got hooked by the idea of re-designing my blog. As you can see, I haven’t yet.
I also googled for “outstanding websites” and got some nice blogs on (web) design where I could find collections of outstanding websites. And authors who write about how to write a blog the good way, for example. I read this carefully because I’m a blogger myself and I thought this might be of interest for me.
I’m not a blogspot or a wordpress blogger which makes a difference to all the others who are already part of these networks. I have my personal web developer who programs the code I’ve asked for. I questioned myself about my blog’s needs and I wanted (and want) to write about animation. I don’t do this for any salary and there aren’t any commercials on my website. I’m still writing though I don’t have hundreds of comments each post. I write because I love to. Then I found suggestions like, “keep your sentences short” as a general hint. I know that the common internet user hasn’t a huge attention span but I guess if anybody wants to know something he or she has to do her homework (more precisely, research). I’m not willing to accept that some 140 letter messages and Wikipedia is the climax of our cultural developement. These are tools. Everybody could choose his or her own tools, but I’m offering a tool which needs a bit more of your time. Use it or not. Don’t fit your needs on the tools you have. Don’t use your fist to push a nail in the wall just because you don’t have a hammer. Find out your needs and what you want to do and which may be the best way to do it. Experience is not an instant product, it’s a spin-off of activity.