Blogging can be hard. Sometimes you don’t know what to say or how to say it. Some days you shoot a zillion images, and you just can’t bear to do something comprehensive. Maybe, you just don’t know where to start. You might just not be “feelin’ it” one afternoon. Here’s five fun “blogcraft activities” that and that are pretty fun and easy to do when you’re stuck:
#1 Share Your Place
We’re all in different places right now. Normally, we have the Evergreen campus as a place of reference, a common experience. Use images to make your new place part of our extended, distributed “place.” Are there LCD taxi horses, gender-segregated parking lots, or tetrapod beaches in your new hood? Sharing even the tiniest detail can get you connected to your project and keep us all connected together as a learning community.
#2 Opinionate! Opinionate! Opinionate!
Consider this a relaxation/stress relief exercise. Stretch your opinions a bit.
Say there’s a terrible piece of Andy Warhol-inspired street art in your Field Study site. Let loose your irritation, people will relate to it. Exorcise it and move on. These should be short and to the point. Brevity is the soul of wit.
#3 Find a Goofy/Novel/Macabre Theme and Run With It
This is a good way to make a whole bunch of fun posts. Early on in your Field Study you find some quirky thing about your museum and you post about it a lot. This thing should evoke, and maybe be a little strange.
My theme for a while was “severed heads”. Every time I find one in a museum, I shoot it, do a little research, write about it. Little things like this keep people coming back. They want to know what the next one in the series will be like. Maybe you’re at a zoo. Once a week, maybe you post an image of the weirdest thing from the cafeteria and review it.
This is also a good way to show how Flickr can work for you. All my severed heads are in a set together.
#4 Peggy’s Musings
When I was on my ILC in Thailand, I kept sections in my notebook for musings. Some were about language, some were about food, some were about insects, some were about music. Let these things accumulate, like a hairball, and then unwrap the hairball and lay out the strands. Weave them back into something. They don’t have to thesis, but they should illustrate relevant streams of thought. Calling out a post as a musing is giving yourself license to think, publicly, to share those loose thoughts that you might have in the shower. Stretch out your writer’s voice.
For example, I was inspired by a Thai art book I found in my friend’s bathroom to ramble about Thai and American curatorial/exhibition organizational methods. It’s not a great piece of writing, but it helped me get past some writer’s block.
#5 Make a Movie Out of Something (An Object?) That is Not a Movie
This “blogcraft project” has two parts.
Part One. present an image of the object and some background, maybe just a sentence or two. If it’s in a museum, you can use the text from their site to get you started.
Part Two. “realize” the movie. This part of the recipe has two ingredients. The first one is presenting a short narrative based on the object, or featuring the object, or making the image contained in the object come to life. The second ingredient is to contextualize the narrative. Is it a noir film? A documentary? Is it a B movie? Anime? Horror? Dramedy?
Put the pieces together and you’ve probably magnetized your readers with a good story.
Hopefully, the above creative blogging exercises might get you started, or get you out of a rut. Blog early, and blog often!