I feel like I’ve just been whacked by the fame stick.
Of course, that was my intention by restarting my blog and vowing to myself to make a post every (week)day for as long as I can keep it up. (I’ve been meaning to mention this – but wanted to give myself a little wiggle room to flake out first, but, whoops, it’s out now.)
But the last few posts I’ve made to this blog have been missing the key ingredient of any good post: a visual element.
Houston Chronicle art critic Douglas Britt makes clear the importance of purty pictures in his post, “More on print vs. online serendipity” that he posted to the Arts in Houston blog he shares with other Houston Chronicle critics.
I feel famous because Britt quoted from a(n angst-laden) comment I left on a previous post of his as he argues that newspapers still out-perform their online counterparts in the department of offering what one wants without one knowing that they want it. Britt writes:
I always come across stuff in the paper that I wouldn’t have noticed on chron.com; the converse is far less often true. And on days a story of mine gets good play in the paper — great images, nice layout, catchy headline — and even on some days that it gets so-so play, I hear from gallery owners that they were blown away with calls from people who not only weren’t on their mailing list, but in many cases had never set foot in a gallery.
Interestingly enough, I agree with him.
And his blog frequently includes an image, which is part of the reason I keep going back to it. Another huge reason I keep reading his (suck-up alert) well-written, artistic musings is because they’re automatically sent to my RSS reader, which I plow through every day as I would the newspaper I get delivered at home but never bother to open.
I do open the darn thing on Sundays, the local daily has yet to figure out how to embed Best Buy’s circular (gotta know what CDs are released this week and daydream about geeky gadgets) on their website and I prefer the paper version of that, Zest and the Sunday Comics to their online counterparts, hands down. But that might also have to do with my need to stay “offline” on Sundays.
I guess if I were to really make a go of this blog, I should post an image to every post. I should also probably limit my word count to 500. Baby steps.