Saturday, May 31, 2008

Scrapbookin'


It's a hot Saturday afternoon
I'm on the porch ensconced in my happy place



Baby wants a sip
It's cool and yummy



It's a pretty good issue


I am cracking up! There seems to be a current burning issue about blogging: Oooooo what if all we are doing is computer scrap booking.
A scrap book defined in the dictionary is: an album for printed and written materials.
Mmmmmm. Photos would be considered printed material in the days before digital images on the computer. Bloginistas communicate by writing, thus producing written materials. So photos plus writing collected on a blog, might be a virtual album so to speak. Mmmmmm.
Decor blogs are eye candy for the most part. If you didn't have pretty pictures you would bore yourself and your readers to death. Decor blogs ARE home made scrap books. Unless something has drastically changed in the last ten minutes, scrap booking is a form of entertainment. Entertainment is light hearted. So what's up with making the words scrap booking something derogatory and dirty, and then flinging them in the virtual pretty faces of dedicated bloggers playing with themselves? What's wrong with an album of photos and writing? A scrap book?
I also like to think of blogs as the new magazines. Magazines are defined in the dictionary as: a periodical with covers. While we do periodically, well constantly produce our blogs, we don't have real covers. But I still think we could call a blog a magazine (and I need an updated dictionary).
Our blogs as on line virtual magazines are produced fast, and read even faster. I think it would be a mistake to dismiss blogs as not being as viable as hold-in-your-hand magazines (which really are just another form of entertainment), or to use the words scrap book as a pejorative description of any one's blog.
All decor-lifestyle blogs provide some kind of information. Some of them might be scholarly with its research and footnotes showing; some of them are smart mouth sit com writing with a pretty picture or two; some are PR outlets for the author; others are a heartfelt glimpse into the author's world; most are entertaining and inspire us in some way.
So who cares if a blog resembles a scrap book? If you don't like a blog or its scrap book of bits and pieces, of visual footnotes, of remembrances and stories, well that's okay. Bye bye.
And those bloginistas anointed by the press and doing personal appearances need to lighten up. We know you're special and important; we like you; we read you; we admire you; we like your scrap books - let us have our fun and our little scrap books too. Please.

7 comments:

Design Junkie said...

Hey vv, that martini looks good. I'm with you, while I don't know if blogging is just scrapbooking online, why does it matter? If you like it, and others like to read your digital scrapbook, what more is there? And if people did not like actual, physical scrapbooking, it wouldn't be a multi-million dollar business with magazines, websites, and whole stores devoted to it. By the way, did you notice the chairs on the cover are not the same as the ones in the spread inside, as well as the shelves were accessoried completely differently.

visual vamp said...

Hey Babe, You are so wise :-)
Yes I did notice the chair and shelves being different. I don't think the cover always matches the inside story. What really gets on my last nerve is that the magazine is in the stores at the same time or BEFORE my subscription is delivered. But I got over it after a couple of sips. I'll make you one when you come over...

Fifi Flowers said...

Where did all this "scrapbooking" get started... I'm reading bits and pieces here and there... I"m new to blogging... but I loved it... don't let it go away!

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