I wanted to blog, but I didn’t have a deep serious topic to take on. And I was thinking about blog, and what an odd world it is we live in now. I have conversations with, and am friends with, people from around the world. I pop over and check in regularly with the blogs of people I know, and as I looked at Bayou Renaissance Man and Old NFO’s blogs today, I was musing on how it’s a bit like a long-running casual conversation where we talk on our blogs about the things we find interesting, and then commentors come along and join in the convo, and sometimes the bloggers talk to each other in posts… Ok, it’s not like a real-life conversation where the banter is timely, but it can be equally as funny, and it has the time to be a bit more thought-out than in-person opining while you’re standing there contemplating life and talking.
The other thing about the blog as conversation is that you don’t have to join in and speak your piece. You can wander by, read, and ponder. I did this earlier today with an online conversation about the difference between digital and traditional art. At a certain level, the digital requires the same skill to create as a traditional painting. But something I’ve noticed is that during my half-year so far of making art every day, mostly digital because that’s what I have time for… when I post traditional art, I sell pieces. Not a lot, and I’m not making tons of money because amateur. But with the digital? It’s very rare to be asked if I will sell a print of that. I don’t know? Maybe because it’s digital. Maybe because with a digital image people are just like ‘i’ll right click that and save it’ rather than ‘I want a copy and am willing to pay the price.’ On top of that, I’m not sure if it’s anecdotal.
It’s like my books. I sell probably 99% of my novels in ebook format. But every time I publish, I get asked if it’s also in paper. Well, yes, but why? Is it more legitimate that way? I know some folks want a copy to hold, and I’m happy to do what it takes for my readers. Which will probably include getting my act straight surrounding audiobooks, yes.
But in the meantime I’m downloading libreOffice to see how well it works for fomatting a book. And I need to drive a daughter to work before I get to work myself.
Nice talking at you.