Blogs are free to read. What that means is that you reward places with your attention and enthusiasm. … Audience enthusiasm may be our new currency as long as many things on the internet are free. …. Read [a blog]. Email them and say you enjoy the blog, and tell them what you like about it. Recommend it to friends. If a blog starts to suck, you should email them and say “Your posts are turning into fluff.”
Michael Bierut said something in passing once that I’ve not been able to stop thinking about, and I paraphrase:
If you like someone’s work, tell him or her. Even if you don’t know the person, especially if you don’t know the person, tell the person you like his or her work.
This simple act of enthusiasm, of kindness, of affection for good, is all too rare. Elsewhere this week, Seth Godin with similar sentiments on online friends:
Real world friends are hard to find and hard to change. But virtual friends? If your online friends aren’t egging you on… If your online friends don’t spread the word about the work you’re doing… If your online friends aren’t respectfully challenging your deeply held beliefs… If your online friends don’t demand the best from you… Then perhaps you need new online friends.
My goal these days is to write things that, whenever possible, are slower, richer, and hopefully more enduring. I’ve … consciously shifted tone. Back then, following a lot of design writing I was reading, I thought everything should have a bit of an edge. …. I now realize that’s not really what I like to read or what I want to write.
See also: The kindness of strangers, told through a bystander on a NYC subway platform, via 1997 This American Life (00:35)
For every tough piece I write, for every difficult decision, there’s an online set of friends giving feedback — short form, long form, solicited and unsolicited advice, close friends and strangers. Others, online friends still, time zones away, make a point to say hello — in person — when nearby. Audience enthusiasm, whether only sharing a browser, considering the same problem, or in the same city, is a rare currency with high value.
“It’s recycling our past and making art out of what we used to live with. That’s part of the remarkable process that keeps me excites about what I’m doing. It makes the whole thing very mystical.”—Ralph Bakshi in Juxtapoz
“Today, it doesn’t matter if a work’s been produced, it matters if it’s been seen. Not printing, but page views. The issue is not legitimacy through production but attention through exposure. Students in design programs make posters for the purpose of photographing themselves holding them up for all to see on their portfolio site. In the rush of work that speeds through my RSS reader everyday, the community has become the other client. Our new canon might be crowdsourced.”—Smarty smart Rob Giampietro (via viafrank)
Did I get married too young? I may not have the freedom to globetrot at my own leisure or to carouse at a bar late into the night. But when I step into our 500-square-foot one-bedroom apartment, warmly lighted and smelling of fresh flowers and baked bread, I do have the freedom to kiss my beautiful wife and best friend—the woman I pledged to always love and cherish, and to raise a family with. I have no regrets. - Article in Wall Street Journal.
As much as I think about travel, work and my next city the same way others at my age start looking for their next great love, and as much as I could be perfectly happy never getting married but enjoying great love as it happens, regardless of formal ties, I wholeheartedly love the tumbl above from Frames of Reading. If you find that, age should never be a consideration.
PS. If I ever do get married (perhaps when I settle down at say, 65? seems like a good year), I wouldn’t spend any money on bullshit things like chair rentals. I’d get a simple certificate with my love and then use the money I would have spent on all of those things at a traditional wedding- like the dress, the table linens, etc. and take our closest family and friends on a trip to some random, beautiful place in the world. Simple vows in front of the people that matter; a celebratory dinner surrounded by the locals at some lovely little place in town.
In the past year I’ve interviewed people like Mark Weaver, Yokoo, Baby Porridge, Olivia Leigh, Cindy Rizza, John Januzzi, Mike Ruggirerllo, Jon Drake and the Shakes, BOYS, Pascal Grob… for my WWWe Could Be Next feature on Paper Magazine’s blog.
Now I’ll be spending the day researching more incredible young artists, musicians, photographers, filmmakers, designers and creatives from every field using the Web to share their work and grow their audience. At the same time, my editor has asked me to recommend people for an upcoming print edition. If you have suggestions- friends or people you follow doing incredible work and sharing it online, let me know!
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Dossier writes: “For her highly anticipated retrospective The Artist is Present, Marina Abramovic has chosen to sit at a table in the main room of the MOMA and invite the audience one by one to come and sit with her in silence. She will be there for three months every day for seven hours a day. The best part of this? The Marina Cam is a live feed that allows you to watch from the comfort of your own home. It might be the best or at least most interesting way to waste time on the internet right now.”
“Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson (via kari-shma)
“These days, luxury is so much more focused on on the authentic rather than the ostentatious. Formality matters, but the boundaries between leisure and business are increasingly blurring.”—Paul Helbers in Dazed