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Friday, July 01, 2011

Desk Duties XIX

Given that the majority of my time online is spent using things like Twitter and Facebook, I wonder if the days of blogging like this haven’t had their day?

For example, I tweet something or post to Facebook and there’s often an instant reaction from people and sometimes a dialogue, or a discussion. Bad news for productivity but good news for that sense of connection and immediateness.

By comparison blogging like this feels arcanely solitary somehow.

Of course the context is that this blog has fallen out of date and has been cruelly neglected partly by the sheer volume of work coming across the desk, and partly by inclination. The thought of having to fill up the missing dates feels like an unnecessary chore.

That said I know people still read these pages. Even when I’ve not posted anything for a long time there’s a couple of hundred folks stop by every day to take a peek.

So although the person to person connection may not be as instant as the exchanges on Twitter and Facebook, the fact that there’s some degree of interaction still happening should be reason enough to continue.

Perhaps I’m getting a bit long in the tooth for all this, like Ginger Bob...

In the post today...

A bumper Progular package hit the mat today. That said, the two I did sleeve notes for don't really have anything to do with prog rock. Ear of The Beholder by Lol Coxhill is a quirky collection that mixes jazz, vaudeville songs and avant-garde, whilst Nurses Song With Elephants by David Bedford is really a sampler of what was going on in contemporary classical music in the UK at the end of the 60s.

Radically different from each other in terms of style and content,  they both share an expansive open-mindedness that characterises the music scene of the time containing some period-piece gems. Both were originally released on John Peel's Dandelion label, commissioned by the venerable DJ, who put them out without a care for any commercial considerations.

Music for music's sake - those were the days!


Erk Gah said...

Yay! Hogarth-era Marllion reissues!

Jeffman said...

Warro Sid,

As I suspect that reaction to this post (or possible lack of) may in some way play a part, however small, in your decision on whether to close this particular branch of online activity down, I would like to say, keep up the good work, sir.

Always a thoroughly entertaining read (or listen, in the case of the podcasts).

There is still, I think, a place, and indeed a demand, for blogs, as they offer something more than what the brevity of twitter/facebook can.

As an insightful window into the writer's mind, as well as that of someone who, like myself, has impeccable taste in music, 'Postcards...' is the rarest of treats.

steven said...

hey sid! this is for me an interesting line of discussion if only because (for professional reasons) i am discouraged from using facebook, i don't have time for twitter, and so i use the blog to contain whatever needs to be expressed or shared. there's a quality of holding the moment about blogs that twitter and facebook don't encourage. they are much more about the flow of thinking along the arrow of the unfolding moment - which has its own merits. dialogue as compared to monologue. discussion as compared to statement. i'm trying out google plus to see what i see. steven

Sid Smith said...

Hi there Nick & Steven,

I was really thinking aloud. Once the blog was the only way to open a window to the world. Now it's one of many, & in that sens, it's rather lost its necessity, if you like.

The blog format does allow for longer forms than FB & Twitter so it's useful in that sense. Mostly though, I use the blog to post pictures and I suppose I could always just put them on FLickr or something similar.

Anyway, I've no intention of shutting shop just yet but I must find a way of keeping it updated more often. Many thanks for your very kind words of encouragement.


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