Blog as Journal

I’ve realized that I use this blog as a journal.  It’s purpose is primarily for me, although I share it with other people.  I use it to collect things- research, information, inspiration and ideas, and I use it to work things out for myself.  I use it as a record of my interests and progress in certain projects.  It is a record of my life as an artist, containing information on shows and projects I’ve done, holding content related to those, such as images and video, which, let’s face it, just doesn’t work in a physical journal.

Some of you may be sad to know that I have not been keeping up my art journals as much lately as I have in the past, possibly because of this.  I still keep sketchbooks (of course!  I don’t think I could work without one), and I do have a physical journal, but at the moment, it is almost exclusively text, and usually concerns much more private things than my blog.  While I do think at some point I will return to the art books, for now, this is the way it is.  It’s time consuming to keep up those journals, although I do find it a great way to unwind.

It’s funny, all formats – written journals, visual journals and blogs – all have their own pros and cons, and it’s too bad that there’s no format that addresses them all.  For instance, with my visual journals, I often feel that the written aspect is under-represented, and the same goes for the visual aspect of the written journals.  Both are also private, which can be both a good and a bad thing. Blogs can be private, assuming it’s done properly, but are limiting in the visual aspect- there’s something about the immediacy and versatility of pen and paper that a blog just can’t provide.  And a concern unique to my time, is that physical books can’t be used for digital media.  I wish there was an easy solution to this, as currently, I keep 3 journals- my journal, sketchbook, and my blog, each with their own purposes, patterns, versatility, and limitations.

It is important to remember that my blog is public, and so I need to be aware of the implications of what I post, unlike my other journals.  Quite honestly, though, I like to think I act like an adult in my regular life anyway, so this isn’t too much of a change.

Because my blog is primarily for myself, I’m not overly concerned with how many visitors I get, links, and all those other things.    On the other hand, if I can give someone a look into how life actually is for an emerging artist in this city, then that’s a plus, but not my main goal.  Let’s just keep it the way it is, as it’s working for me, and that’s all that really matters.

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