I’ve been wondering a lot about subject specific blogs. I think that spaces that are quite personal (& have an a real identity of their own) will ALWAYS be relevant. I think that spaces that leap frog or catalog & make things easy for the end user will continue to get the thumbs up from the crowd. But what about spaces like this? Sometimes craft, sometimes not, hardly ever personal or even thoughtful BUT maybe a bit helpful? I think that our day in the sun is probably over.
I think that pinterest & twitter & facebook & instagram have taken a LOT of the excellent content off the blogs & into more convenient (& somewhat anonymous) spaces. I feel kind of sad about that. When I started out people devoted whole posts to a 140 character update so you got to know your internetty mates pretty well.
I’m continually amazed by the stuff that shows up on pinterest without so much as a “how’s your father?” on the blog. Check that out here (they really love the crochet cuff eh?). I’m not a good pinner myself but I do sometimes check out who’s pinning my stuff & I always get a kick out of Shaz’s pins.
I’ve really got no idea or interest over on Facebook. Up until Pip pointed me to the new timeline I honestly thought it was the ugliest place on the internet.
Twitter obviously has it’s place but it’s just another thing I can’t really get on board with. Sure there’s some gold to be found but I also find there’s a LOT of pretty boring nose-picking-naval-gazing type updating going on there. It’s kind of a bit like A Current Affair – who really cares?
I’ve had a reluctant instagram (I’m kootoyoo there too) for a while. Something else I couldn’t quite get a handle on. BUT I’ve come around over there. I’m flat out loving it. I’m having conversations with old mates who’ve been quiet on the blog for a while & I’ve found a whole host of new (& clever girls) to fall in love with. It feels a bit like it did when I started out here…intimate somehow. Anyway…I’m enjoying instagram for the time being. As an added bonus it’s pretty. So even the aforementioned “who cares” updates become meaningful to me. It’s easy to give someone a pat on the back too…which is always nice. I understand it’s still just for iPhone users (?) but if you have an android phone you can always keep up with people over on web.stagram (I’m here). You can subscribe via rss if you’re really keen.
Here’s a little list of my clickers of the pics I’ve “liked” over on instagram…
…just to name a few.
Things I’m enjoying about instagram…
- not feeling like a weirdy/stalkery/showoffy clicker
- not worrying about shooting to the right
- forgetting all about the histogram
- just making the everyday stuff pretty
And look to the right → yep there in the sidebar! It’s a sweet widget displaying my last few insta clicks. Obviously my widget is wordpress specific but I found one you can use for blogger (& customise too) here.
I’m really hoping that it doesn’t signal a whimpering end to kootoyoo… & that this space continues to be a bit craft, a bit drivel, a bit helpful & a bit of fun!
Maybe I’ll see you on instagram with a bit more of the drivel & save this space for the totally-amazing-blow-your-mind-(tongue-in-cheek)-content.
Happy New Year you guys…see you next year!