Saturday, December 14, 2013

03 The Structure of the Blog

A Blog as an Artist’s Workspace
The Structure of the Blog

The top central location on the blog page is the header area, which indicates to the viewer the information pertaining to the blog as a whole. I have used the header area of the blog to display my descriptive text. This text is derived from the characteristics of my blog. Referencing the blog’s description, I will introduce the structure of my blog.

Screenshot of Example of blog's layout

The text listed below is the blog description that is posted in my blog’s header.

The blog is for posting my experiences and the process of my art practice. These can include but are not limited to academic or experiential research, sample writings, and events. Currently, my art practice concentrates on forming collections by employing material culture methodologies. The postings pertaining to research or involvement with individuals/ institutions with aspects of the collection does not intend to be disrespectful of history or present public institution/ museum practices.[1]

            The article, Why We Blog investigates blogging as a form of personal communication depicted from interviews concentrated around the Standford University area.[2] The analysis of the diverse interest and motivations for blogging will be acknowledged in relation to my own blog’s personal and social characteristics.
            The in depth interviews of the article examine the motivation to maintain a blog. The overall motivations that were stated were a record of updated informative commentary to some specific form of activities.[3] My motivations to blog are stated in the first two sentences of the descriptive text. My commentary is about my experiences and the process of my art practice. The second sentence gives examples of what type of information can be included in a blog post. The writing pertaining to the “collection” project, along with the social and cultural research is currently the primary focus for the blog’s content.
            “Blog as Muse,” one of the article’s subcategories, sites one interviewee who viewed blogging as a method to test ideas concerning his readings of news and scholarly journals. The interviewee’s description of testing scholarly writing with an audience indicates an example of Kirkup’s argument that the blog format is a scholarly product of “performative writing.”[4] The term “thinking with computers” is used to describe the activity toward the idea of writing a blog post in the article, Why We Blog. The interviewee’s blog post is related to private writing materials that have future opportunities as published articles and research materials. The one difference between the blog posts and the private writing materials is that the blog has an audience.[5]
Referring to the discipline of writing, maintaining a blog has two main benefits that are described through the interviewee’s experience. The first benefit is having an audience, for the author to be able to progress with the writing form. The second is as an archival source that enables the ability for the author and audience to reference older posts for research or other writing.[6]
The first benefit in relation to maintaining my blog is the accessibility to public access for my text and digital media. The opportunity with online self-publishing is not only the obvious benefit of immediate access, but presenting the development of research and archiving of the evolution of methods used with various forms of media.
            I have used my blog as an archival source for content in older posts that has contributed to developing a current blog post. The automatic archiving capabilities are the second benefit and feature of a blog. This characteristic refers back to Lovejoy’s description of electronic tools having the capabilities of collecting and transmitting digital information. The investigation from the article, Why We Blog, has compared a blog to other sources of Internet communication. Several of the author’s analyses determined that a blog’s public access offers a non-intrusive style of Internet communication. A blog is a source of publishing that is considered a voluntary reading source when it is convenient for the viewer.[7] The automatic archiving feature enables the non-intrusive style for my blog’s audience to view a post on their personal schedule. 
Screenshot of the blog's header
A personal code of ethics was outlined in the article of several interviewee blogging practices. These ethics structured the blog for the audience.[8]  My last sentence in the blog’s description pertains to my code of ethics for the blog. The sentence communicates the involvement with individuals or institutions with the collecting process of the project. The sentence states; “This is not intended to be disrespectful of the history or present public institutions or individual practices.”[9] The statement has an important role with the concept of open communication, as well as implementing future collaborations with individuals or public institutions. 
            The additional aspects of the structure of my blog will be discussed in the video research segment. The video research clip presents the blog’s set-up that is not accessible to the viewer clicking on an Internet link to the blog site. The video research of my blog offers details into the layout and archiving of a blog post.
            In my April 10th, 2013 Video Research and Interdisciplinary Practice blog post, I used text and a video clip to begin a dialog to present one of the several “grey areas” in my art practice concerning the process of interdisciplinary methods. In the blog post, I refer to Sarah Pink’s, Social Sciences and Visual Researcher, argument for inquiring about and employing video for video research and as video representation. Pink’s argument is toward ethnographic videos and the development of research and knowledge that can be obtained with video clips.  I expanded Pink’s concepts of “video research” to present how I document my subject matter for a video collection theme after the act of my ethnographic process.[10]
            The second video research format presented on my blog included the “60 Second Testimonial” marketing concept. I used this time frame format to produce a short directed message pertaining to an aspect of my art-based research.[11] The intent was to expand upon the first video research, along with experimenting with my communication research with the medium of video. My research is derived from marketing concepts that the medium of video has the ability to convey complex details with ease by a combination of sensory connections.[12] The video research, An Example of the Blog’s Layout, continues the sixty-second time frame format. The video is presented with this text to develop the breadth of media use, such as video and the Internet, to supplement artist and scholarly research.

[1] [Accessed: May 10, 2013].
[2] Nardi, Bonnie A., Diane J. Schiano, Michelle Gumbrecht, and Luke Swartz. "Why We Blog." Communications of the ACM 47, no. 12 (2004): 41-4
[3] Ibid, 43
[4]Gill Kirkup, ‘Academic Blogging, Academic Practice, and Academic Identity ‘, London Review of Education, Volume 8, No. 1 (2010): 4
[5] Nardi, Bonnie A., Diane J. Schiano, Michelle Gumbrecht, and Luke Swartz. "Why We Blog." Communications of the ACM 47, no. 12 (2004): 44
[6] Ibid, 44-45
[7] Nardi, Bonnie A., Diane J. Schiano, Michelle Gumbrecht, and Luke Swartz. "Why We Blog." Communications of the ACM 47, no. 12 (2004): 43 - 44.
[8] Ibid, 42 - 43.
[9] [Accessed: May 10, 2013].

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