Entry no.: 525
21 Jul 2008, 2:53 PM
Attaining relevance takes great effort, but blogging is seldom regarded as hard work. Hence the washout.
I recently realized—while writing an article for a magazine—that Kit·blog during its almost 6 years of existence was relevant in only a couple of instances.
June 2006: calling designers against the "design law"
June 2006—the post A communist design law in the making calls designers to stand up and fight against SDPR's "design law". The post triggers a massive chain reaction both local and international. Milton Glaser sends in his message agains bureaucracy. Stefan Sagmeister and James Victore (both contacted by Ovidiu Hrin) rally with the protest, the signatures on the petition tops the 1,000 mark and Metropolis Magazine publishes David Womack’s article against SDPR’s initiative for regularization of design practice: Design and the State. The barrage of disapproval makes the subject sensitive.
January 2008: the story on Woody Allen's use of Windsor
January 2008—the post on Woody Allen's titles gets linked or syndicated long and wide across the A-list, from Boing Boing to Waxy and Metafilter. From John Gruber's Daring Fireball to Kottke. Design Observer, of course, SpeakUp's Quipsologies, Khoi Vinh’s Subtraction and John Nack on Adobe. Also some press, like The Morning News, La Repubblica and LeMonde's Design et Typo. Some days register well over 10k uniques.
Tired of blogging
That's two rights in six years of wrongs. Far from brilliant, but—as probably most blogs won't achieve even that—not catastrophic either. Thing is, I'm losing interest.
What's left is typical blogging: personal entertainment turning into public noise, like a hillbilly's whistling in the street or that meaningless conversation you're confined into listening on a flight. Countless doors opening to nothingness.
There are millions of blogs murmuring out there and along with them I keep doing it, too—but I start wondering—why?