Today's postings

  1. [Baren 28377] Re: Blog Apologist (Jeanne Norman Chase)
  2. [Baren 28378] RE: What's a WIKI? and Best Blogsite ("Bill H. Ritchie, Jr.")
  3. [Baren 28379] Blog Fog (annie bissett)
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Message 1
From: Jeanne Norman Chase
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2005 09:05:38 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 28377] Re: Blog Apologist
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As to whether you would rather have a kiss on the cheek or a handshake instead of a blog.
I'll take that kiss on the cheek if you don't mind!!!
oh, you will be in California while I am in Florida. Too bad!!!!!

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Message 2
From: "Bill H. Ritchie, Jr."
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2005 14:04:52 -0700
Subject: [Baren 28378] RE: What's a WIKI? and Best Blogsite
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Matte wrote, "Okay, I'll bite. What's a WIKI?"

That was in reference to an earlier post I wrote, saying just when you began
to understand blogging, along comes wiki.

Some say it's a shuttle bus that runs around Hawaii's airport. Others say it
stands for What I Know Is, and it's a type of Web page that -- unlike your
normal Web page -- anyone can "edit". That is, you can put up a Web page and
other people can come in an highlight words in YOUR text that will zip you
off, hyperstyle, to another Web page.

I've blogged about wiki's, by the way to get at the deeper meaning (smile).

And to Bette, I like, which is where I keep all my blogs.

- Bill

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Message 3
From: annie bissett
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2005 19:44:11 -0400
Subject: [Baren 28379] Blog Fog
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I hear Jeanne's pain about blogs! The first time I stumbled across a blog I
hated it. An online diary?? Why??? How narcissistic, I thought. I would
*never* do that.

But then I saw more blogs, and a couple of them were good, so I started to
look at blogs and try to figure out what made a good blog good. For me, a
good blog:
- is concisely written
- has a clear and specific purpose
- is heavily illustrated!

So now I have a blog. I started a blog because I am really jazzed about moku
hanga and nobody I talk to knows a whit about what moku hanga is. Not my
illustration clients, not my friends, not my mother. I wanted to find a way
to literally let those folks peer over my shoulder as I go on the difficult
journey of learning to make a decent moku hanga print. And I also thought
that writing about it would help me process and integrate my own learning.
Like Andy said, it would seem an imposition to ramble on and on here in
Baren Forum or on my illustration web site about all the ins and outs of
this process. But I can direct you (and my friends and my clients and my
mother) to the blog and anyone can go see it if they're interested. Way back
when Baren started, there was a guy named Ray who did an entry for the
Encyclopedia called "Newbie's Journal" and I guess my blog is an updated
newbie's journal.

And, as with all new things, the blog has brought me unexpected surprises.
Most remarkable is that I can put up an image at 9 am here in the eastern
USA showing a printing I did the day before with a bit of text describing
how I did it and what I experienced, and later that day a comment will
appear from a moku hanga printer halfway around the globe (from the
lesser-known southern hemisphere) offering help, suggestions for improvement
and encouragement. What kind of technological marvel is that! And how could
I ever have shown him my prints otherwise?

What then shall we do with our Baren blog? I've enjoyed seeing peoples' work
there. Tom has put up some nice "show-and-tell" hanga prints. I'm dying to
see photos from Barbara's Chicago trip (hint hint). How about some works in
progress, as Annie F suggested? And Maria, I'd love to see some photos from
your various arts festivals! Would love to hear about arts festival life and
how you like it. I don't see the blog replacing the forum at all, but
allowing us to post images easily. We could then do our "talking" here in
the forum if that feels more comfortable.

Annie B