Saturday, May 31, 2008
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.