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Is bloggin’ cool? by bayripley
18/03/2010, 21:56
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Don’t you have a blog? series, #1

Well, it’s the hot topic in media classes: b l o g g i n ’ .

We all know a lot about social networks, like Facebook or Twitter, we enthusiastically participate with our lovely accounts, we hang out there more than we do with our friends. We make them in, when we enjoy, and out, when they become dull. We learn, hear, see, envy, share, produce gossip, but we don’t actually do much. Let’s face it– or you have already faced it: Uploading pictures or writing twits do not require a lot.

But blogging requires a chunk, at least more time! And a bit of self-confidence. And more competent computer skills. And an urge to write. And, to be an acclaimed or at least a followed one, you should be creative and intriguing.

I admit: writing such a piece at the beginning of a blogging career is kind of talking about fishing when they hand over your first fishing line. You stare at the line which you have seen for thousands of times in others’ hands. You certainly understand the concept: you put the bait, throw it into the water, and pull the fish. But is it really a three-step story of absolute success? You don’t really know it, but you have your impression now, and it will change once you start fishing.

Then, it comes to that point: I am looking at my first blog and thinking “wouldn’t it be nice for the readers to see what a blogger thinks about blogging at the moment he starts doing it”? Dear Readers, this is the first article of a series that I intend to write: You will be reading a blogger’s comments and observations about the digital world he is creating in. And you have just read the first half of the first entry.

I know fishing rules: don’t talk if not necessary, use proper hooks and baits for different fish, don’t count the fish until you finish, etc. I also think that I know blogging rules: don’t talk if not necessary, use proper hooks and baits for different fish, don’t count the fish until you finish, etc. But I am not sure if my expectations and predictions will match the outcome. All I know, blogging is cool, and good for your writing skills.

I also know that bloggers are taken more seriously everyday. Blogs are popular among digital trend followers, who definitely earn and spend more than a shitty newspaper’s reader. Blogs are already values, creating values. Blogs are about economy. Blogs are alternative source of information, they are the new columns. They enable us to become Carrie Bradshaw, without our picture on a bus and a dick sketched towards our mouths. Blogging seems quite risk-free. The only harm it can give is the damage on your urban coolness, of course in a digital tone. No topic restrictions, no deadlines, ability to filter your readers, stats to analyze how your readers reached you, instant comments, wow, this blogging feels cooler than I think.

Simply put, life is what we receive and blogging makes it more reciprocal. Even if you gorge it with your personal or intimate info, usually in an encoded language; you are still after reciprocity. ‘Cause modern life is so noisy and you are so yourself now, looking at your screen, hearing the continuous whisper of your laptop’s fan.

Is bloggin’ cool? Hell yeah. Will I think the same after three months? Well, meet me here on June 18, 2010 for that topic.Oops, I just ended an observation of mine: I said no deadlines as a plus, and I just killed it with my bare hands. Damn!

Anyway, for the rest, keep following.


Incrédibox by a21
28/11/2009, 19:32
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Three gentlemen from France have put up this flash application called Incrédibox – The Incredible Beatbox. Already got many awards from the web community, this wonderful piece of creativity lets you build your own choir of “little cartoon guys of various heights” talented in few instruments and vocal arts. You’ll spend hours on your computer while playing with those little dudes with huge lips. Vocals, beatboxing and instruments are performed by Paul Malburet, the artist who goes by the name “Incredible Polo”.

Developer of the application is Allan Durand and the graphic designer is Romain Delambily. Well, it is a lot of fun tinkering with the effects and don’t forget to try the shuffle mode which automatically generates a never-ending title.

The application is available in French and English here.

You can also check the blog of the “Incrédibox” team here available only in french at the moment.

Finally, here should be a video of a song performed by Incredible Polo.