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1.16.2006
The "next blog" button.
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While browsing via the NEXT BLOG randomizer, I was struck at how so many people post little more than a sequence of crappy photos from their crappy digital cameras... christmas treasures, I'm sure. I've seen quite a few who simply slam photos up without commentary, context, or anything to sustain interest (the photography sure isn't going to keep me clicking). Finally, I stumbled upon a blog which actually does something with its images. The author takes one photo from his day and tries to find something negative about it, coined 'con', and then oppositely, a 'pro.' In doing so, he gives context, balance, conflict, complexity and depth to what might otherwise be quite 2-dimentional. For example:



Feeling slightly uncomfortable at the thought of eating a meal in the restaurant where you used to work: Con

Feeling wonderfully surprised at the non-stop warmth of your former fellow employees and even more wonderfully stuffed after the flooding of complimentary desserts to finish off the meal: Pro!


I like this simple approach to his life. He's not bogged down with silly complexity, but still gets the blog down and remains interesting! It reminds me of a ritual I used to do with my family every night. At the dinner table, we would make the rounds with the questions: What was your best thing today? What was your worst thing today? And what was your middle? Middle, meaning the most mundane thing that you shouldn't usually even remember. It was often 'going to the bathroom,' but it could have been anything that unemotional or neutral. It's funny to think of the boring aspects of one's day, but if it's TOO boring, then it wouldn't count at all.

Another observation from this guy's blog was an absence of attributed images of the author. I, only recently in writing this, became confident enough to know his gender. Most of the language seemed male, but there were no images that directly linked to him. The only reason I presume to assume the sex is because I started seeing the same face pop up in the images. The one that gave it away illuminated he and his boyfriend, and was entitled 'Anniversery.' Happy 6 months!

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