Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Mmmm metablogging

So if I blog erin82's metablogging, am I a metametablogger?

erin82 of Henry Art Gallery's HankBlog talks about voice, audience, and the messiness of blogging. Maybe the messiness comment is my own.

Maybe it's the archaeologist in me (I have a degree in that too) but I love how hands on and dirty (not in that way) blogging can be. The unrefined nature of what I conceive of blogs to be. Interesting situations can arise from this, as erin82 points out, but when blogs are run with a heavy hand (cougheye levelcough), I find they begin to lose their appeal.


Erin said...

I agree with you Lynn, in regards to the heavily-edited blogs losing their appeal; if I wanted to read a newspaper, I would.

But then again, the plot thickens in the Art to Go/Hankblog issues this week (link: http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/art/archives/116610.asp).

Outtacontext said...

Lynn, I hear what you're saying about down and dirty blogging. However, the medium is evolving, especially as organizations see its value. At the same time, bloggers are evolving as well. I've been blogging for over six years and I've always been interested in creating quality context and quality writing on my personal site. Not to say "unfiltered" is inherently bad or on its way out. -g

I would suggest that a majority of museums who are considering doing a blog might follow Eye Level's model for slowing things down a bit. Consider this: not only are we trying to inform our audiences in new ways, we are also learning how to inform and move "the powers that be" into this [new to them] realm. This takes time and, like many new museum projects, a strategy for moving forward.

At SAAM, we see Eye Level evolving. Yes, we'd want to shorten our workflow and loosen it up a bit. But we also want to do this while maintaining a level of quality and discourse that we aspired to since day one.