Okay, I have to present on this project in class tomorrow, so I have decided to come up with a nice bullet-pointed list of why I thought this project was important, and what I've learned.
- blogs have an interesting relationship to photography in that they are both stamped with a specific date and time, and it's difficult to make them go away.
- Similarly, I wanted to show that every object in my home is stamped with a memory. I can tell a story about myself and how I've been living in the course of a month through just about anything in my home.
- the chosen format of the blog changes the nature of a person's interaction with the stories. As one example of this, blogs like mine are formatted newest to oldest. A reader coming in now would have to put out effort to get to the beginning. Or click this link.
- Unexpected stories developed. This blog as a series became not only time stamps of specific days, but of an entire month. For example, at one point the adapter for my digital camera broke. Photography was such an obviously important component for this project, so I had to compensate. I decided that since the photos were missing, so were the objects.
- YouTube videos. I got some great opportunities to be a dork in public.
- the posts come out like a roll of film. Not all of them are keepers. Like a thumb on the lens, something just got in the way.
- This mistake says it all.
I guess the moral of the story here is that I helped define for myself the difference between blogging and more traditional methods of print. Here, the process of discovery is somewhat transparent. You can see through these posts that I'm trying to figure out what works best. This either makes me the Jackson Pollack of blogging or it makes me seems less professional and more like a hobbyist. I'll go with the latter.
The "why should anyone care" question is an important one, too. Honestly, who gives a rip about minutiae? I have a hunch that the informal nature of the voice, combined with the fact that no one post is especially long, suits the subject matter. Further, if you look at this series as part of a larger blog-document (it has transformed many times in its year-and-a-half lifespan), a more detailed picture of me begins to emerge.
Considered in that way, it's like a new thread. I can return to the "My Apartment" series any time I want, or never again, but at least now I can add storytelling and photography to this blog's arsenal.