Is it just me and my opinion, or has blogging become the new reality TV of the digital age?

“I am the entertainer, and I know just where I stand”

While there are plenty of bloggers who write because they love the creative outlet and want to share their thoughts and ideas with their audience, there are also a lot of bloggers who essentially monetize their lifestyle. Can’t say I blame them, but at least they can and should admit how they’ve sold out – and they are now the entertainers.

Occasionally, I feel like a hypocrite because I’m a fashion blogger myself, although it is not a full-time gig, and nor do I want it to be. But I do love to see other people’s style and I most definitely respect fashion as an art form, and I love to put together my own outfits as well. So we as fashion bloggers are collectively the entertainers as well.

And I play music, DJ, draw and paint too – so I truly do understand the artistic side of blogging – so I really do appreciate and love anyone who chooses to share their skills online, whether it is a marketing effort or not (no judgment from my side at at all). In fact, musicians who blog and share their work as well get my utmost respect – even and perhaps especially the ones who discuss how public opinion influences their work.

“Today I am your champion, today I’ve won your hearts”

But perhaps I’ve reached the status of being old school, at least on the internet. I remember when no one knew what blogging even was, and thought it was a stupid waste of time. Now, anyone who starts a blog or even an Instagram account wants to make money from it.

“But I know the game, you’ll forget my name, if I don’t stay on the charts”

It’s a fickle relationship between an artist of any kind and their fans – and yes, I include some but definitely not all bloggers in that category. Which isn’t a slight – some bloggers are journalists or curators – both of which are equally valuable to readers at large.

Which brings me into another idea that requires its own blog post – personally, I respect all types of art and the corresponding creators, even if something isn’t my own taste. And I hope everyone reading does the same.

“You don’t have to bump this, but please respect it”

You don’t have to be into hip hop to understand this Tupac lyric – it applies on all levels. It takes courage to be the creator and to open yourself up to critics. And I’ll just say it – I don’t respect the opinion of anyone who categorically dislikes any type of writing, art, music, or anything else because they don’t understand it or immediately get it. Respect the creator.

*PS. I might be the only person on the internet to quote Tupac and Billy Joel in the same post. Go me.

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Sunday Evening Coming Down

November 23, 2014

Sunday evenings are simultaneously my favorite and least favorite time of the week. It is at once the perfect quiet time to write and draw, but also the beginning of a new week – which at this time of the year, means hectic hours and all sorts of crazy as the holiday gifting season (damn I hate that phrase and the concept itself) is in full swing.

Working in tech and ecommerce, you never really have time off. But those hours on a late Sunday night seem sacred – the phone doesn’t ring, you can turn off your email without guilt, and focus on being creative on your own terms.

So that’s enough about me. What is your favorite time of the week?

Six years ago I was a fresh college graduate just getting started in the online marketing world. The average person didn’t know what a blog was, Facebook was restricted to university students in the U.S., and Twitter had yet to be invented. And the web was just starting to be respected and understood by mainstream marketing firms and teams.

Today, bloggers appear in commercials and social media is a key part of the marketing mix for brands both large and small. Finally, some respect! That said, I still see companies struggling with the connectivity, the immediacy, and the transparency of the web, and how it is all integrated into their organization. It’s an interesting problem, and one that I’ll continue to write more about on this blog.

Unrelated and relevant only to fellow Chicagoans – my agency is hosting an event at Social Media Week on social engagement and content creation – RSVP! It will be a great chance to gain some expertise, network with your fellow members of the media, and generally have a fabulous time.

Out of the Echo Chamber

August 13, 2008

Maybe it is because August is vacation month for most of the world, but staying out of the blogging/new media echo chamber is pretty refreshing at the moment.

I think it is making me smarter more original.

This article entitled “Great Unread Books: What Classic Are You Ashamed To Admit You Have Never Read?” makes me laugh.  First of all, it is highly unlikely that even the most dedicated individual could manage to read every so-called great book ever written – that list is as endless and subjective as a list could be.  You might as well try to watch every “great film” or see every UNESCO World Heritage site; sure, you can try, but that at that point you are probably doing little more than checking items off your list.

Anyways, despite having not checked every book in the literary canon off my personal list, there are not any that I am actually ashamed to have not yet read.  I also read a lot, and as a former English major, I certainly had the incentive to read and study more great books than many people.  However, there is one gaping hole in my collection.

Since I am a female writer, people tend to assume that I am a fan of Jane Austen and the Brontë sisters.  Now perhaps I’m a bit of a traitor to my gender, but I have never actually finished any of their books, and I don’t intend to do so any time soon.  I’ve never even made it all the way through the movie versions, although there is something charming about the Bollywood adaptation.

Are there any books you can’t get through, or have consciously chosen to leave off your personal list?  On the other hand, are there any classics you’re planning to read soon?

Hi Freelance Switchers!

July 14, 2008

Hi FreelanceSwitch readers! 

For those of you who came here from another source, check out my post on FreelanceSwitch: Freelancers: It’s Not About You.

A Bit of a Hiatus

June 8, 2008

It seems that when you’ve got more work (and more options for gigs) than you can possibly take on, new and former clients seem to come out out of the woodwork.  Don’t get me wrong – being busy and have tons of options for what to work on is fantastic – but something about the summer heat and such is making turning on the computer when I’m not working the very last thing I want to do. 

Of course, this the best time of the year to be living in Chicago, with all the summer events and festivals and gorgeous patios and terraces (and my building’s awesome rooftop deck with views of the city and Lake Michigan from twenty stories up).  And I have a new place (twice the size of my old one!) to decorate – I promise to post pictures when I get all my furniture set up and everything arranged the way I want it.  Last but not least, I’m working on something new and exciting that has to do with travel and cultural immersion and other good things that I can’t quite talk about yet, but it is going to be awesome.

Check out the winners of Copyblogger’s Twitter Writing Contest – their short (really short – Twitter messages have to be 140 characters or less) stories proved that sometimes creativity flourishes with tight constraints.