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Entry no.: 525

21 Jul 2008, 2:53 PM

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Internet The long fat tail of global uselessness

Hotel staircase, Cristian -Kit- Paul, Berlin, 2008.

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.

Two times

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.

Hotel hallway, Cristian -Kit- Paul, Berlin, 2008.

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?

Comments

Reply no.: 1

21 Jul 2008, 3:46 PM

dragos:

been there myself, got lost in the noise a while ago and much prefer to just quietly follow what interests me. however, one of (my) the rights during all those years is meeting new interesting people.

Reply no.: 2

21 Jul 2008, 4:53 PM

Andrei Iordache:

My two main reasons:
(1) So that I can look back to the stupid / brilliant things I might have said x years ago
(2) Because of the few 'returning users' from all over the world

Reply no.: 3

21 Jul 2008, 7:19 PM

felipov:

Andrei said it very well.
And because it really feels good to be relevant. Even if that is from time to time.

Reply no.: 4

22 Jul 2008, 2:03 AM

luckydesigner:

let me tell you something about this blog...its hard to express myself in english but that's the rules
this blog is the first blog I ever read...and it changed my life. Because of your blog, I chose to be a designer. I didn't go to any design school, but I had the luck to read your articles about connex, and the beginnings of brandient and such. They breathed passion for design and they expressed feelings that, now, as a designer, I'm starting to feel them myself. I started humble, working inhouse for an online store, designing web banners. Even now, i dont think I am such a great designer, but seeing my work everywhere in town shoud count for something...and this is partly because of what I saw once on this blog...I see that your blog has changed a lot since then..you are posting mostly photos, but thats okey. Anyway, to cut the story short: I owe you a lot, and maybe I'm not the only one. Do what you feel with this blog, I will always keep it in my feedreader. Why? Imi este drag...(I dont know how to translate that)

Reply no.: 5

22 Jul 2008, 7:53 PM

Kit:

Why? Now I know—or I remembered—why. Thank you, guys.

A heartfelt salute from Berlin.

Reply no.: 6

23 Jul 2008, 8:31 AM

Maktaaq:

I like your blog too and would be sad to see you go.

Reply no.: 7

25 Jul 2008, 1:05 AM

iancu:

Great things come to those who wait, so I think you shouldn't worry about frequency ;)

Reply no.: 8

27 Jul 2008, 3:55 AM

gulbin:

dear kit, what's wrong with you?
pls remember that there are "addicted" professionals to your blog(s) :-)

Reply no.: 9

30 Jul 2008, 10:18 AM

Kit:

Nothing wrong, Gulbin, just a reality check. Asking "what the hell am I doing here"-type of questions once in a while should be taken as a sign of lucidity.

Even if I'm clueless about the answer. :o)

Reply no.: 10

31 Jul 2008, 4:39 AM

gulbin:

more confidence, my friend!

Reply no.: 11

31 Jul 2008, 6:03 AM

gulbin:

self-confidence :-)

Reply no.: 12

6 Aug 2008, 10:03 AM

Zebra:

Kit, I stumbled upon your blog accidentally some 6 months ago and was first attracted to the photos (visual creatures we are...)

Since then, however, I'm a returning reader and flickr viewer, have read your archive and feeling very glad when there is new content on the kitblog.

To cut it short, i admire you! And the story about yourself on the blog has been inspiring me to pursue the road i was afraid to take for myself.

Thank you and keep going :)

Reply no.: 13

24 Apr 2009, 6:18 PM

Ovidiu Hrin:

Keeping on doing it should be your choice, I don't necessarily want to convince you to keep on doing it. What I would tell you anyway is this -- remember why you created this blog in the first place - what was your drive back then and what still drives you now ( in daily life and in blog life ). You still are and will be Kit and that is enough for me. Thank you my distant friend.

Reply no.: 14

24 Apr 2009, 6:19 PM

Ovidiu Hrin:

oh - and yes - sorry for the belated response... ;)

Reply no.: 15

12 Sep 2009, 8:57 PM

Design School:

To the parent wondering what this is all about, that is the core of there your child tapped into what professionals?

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