Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Blogging is Dead?

Well thank you all for your response to my last post. It does seem that many of us think alike and that we still like blogging and reading blogs, it's just that there isn't always time to leave a comment and sometimes there isn't anything we particularly want to say. And I have to put my hand up and say I am frequently guilty of reading and not leaving comments. But at the end of the day, much as our blogs might be for keeping a personal record etc it is a public platform and it is good to know there are people out there reading... so keep talking to me because I like to read what you have to say!
 
Having said that... apparently this week Time Magazine declared "For years now pundits have declared that blogging is dead, rendered irrelevant by alternate means of personal publishing such as Facebook and Twitter". Well I say Pah! I like blogging and I like to buck the trend so I'm here to stay!
 
 
So what I have I been up to while I'm not working.... As well as catching up with stuff about the house and catching up with friends, today I took Jacob into London to see the Bowie exhibition at the V & A before it closes at the weekend. He hadn't seen it before and it was my third visit but I loved it just as much as my previous visits.

 
I then hopped onto the tube to the other side of London to see the Zandra Rhodes exhibition at the Fashion and Textiles museum. Marian had mentioned it on her blog and it sounded worth a visit. I think it is well worth visiting if you are in town and combining it with something else. There was some stunning bead embroidery and some really innovative printed textiles taken from sketchbook images but what I loved seeing best were the sketchbook pages and watching the film where Zandra Rhodes spoke about drawing. When she is travelling away from her usual working environment she tries to draw something everyday, whether it seems inspirational or not. And the drawings don't necessarily relate to finished designs but lead in a "diagonal way" to her work. So true! (Students of mine... are you reading this?)

 
I have long been a fan of her work and the exhibition reminded me of some earring I made years ago inspired by Zandra Rhodes beaded safety pins. I was surprised I could still find them... and I'm tempted to wear them again. I think I've got a red pair somewhere too.

 
I've also been creating monsters this week... but you'll have to wait until Friday to hear more from Frankenstein Ferrari...

 
Because I'm off to the Festival of Quilts tomorrow.  It's all go, this not working lark!

27 comments:

  1. Well I hear you Gina and like you I keep on blogging.

    Glad to hear that you had such a lovely time visiting all these interesting places!

    Have fun.

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  2. glad you're bucking the trend ;) what a blast from the past seeing himself on your blog pic/icon ! Love ZR too - inspirational lady

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  3. I have to say that I do not like Facebook or the image that it has and if the amount of problems we deal nwith at school concerning facebook issues then I can well do without it. I do not feel that it has the same approach or "feel" that blogging has. People can follow my blog if they want, more comments would be nice so that I do not think that I am completely on my own, but I am also able to keep it separate from my working life as my colleagues are on Facebook and I am not. I am not anti-social but I prefer the craft community not the gossip one (and not always friendly gossip either). Things may change but that is how I shall stay for the time being. So I shall be hanging around for some time to come.
    I must try and visit the Textiles and Costume Museum next time I go to London which might be at the end of this month.
    Take care.
    x

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  4. Not sure about the Bowie exhibition but I'm sure the Zandra Rhodes one would be fascinating. Love the earrings. Those monsters would go down well at Open Studio events.
    Re blogging - if all else fails we could just 'talk' to each other!

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  5. Haven't read your last blog post but i know what you mean, I am getting far less comments than I used to get but still love to blog when I get the chance as a record for my children when they grow.

    Can't believe the Bowie exhibition is ending, ggrr I missed it - bet it was fab, love his music and style x

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  6. Blogging dead? Not where I live!

    I always feel a bit nervouse recommending an exhibition, so it's really good to know that you enjoyed it too. Phew!

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  7. ooh you are having a fab time with exhibitions Gina. roll on the day when I don't work (and still have loads of energy! lol) love your earrings - I'd wear them. I think I would thoroughly enjoy the Zandra Rhodes exhibition and looking at her bead embroidery. yay for blogging!

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  8. Crazy comments, saying blogging is dead. I'd say quite the opposite and Although I do use facebook for things I sell and make I must say I'm not a huge fan of it. Thumbs up for Blogland and Blogging! x

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  9. I'm off to the F of Quilts tomorrow too. Hope you enjoy it. I don't fancy Facebook or Twitter so I shall blog on!

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  10. The idea that Facebook or Twitter could ever replace blogging is just rubbish. How can they say that? There are more and more blogs every day. I keep finding new ones all the time. Facebook just isn't the same as blogging. I am here to stay.........

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  11. I have always loved Zandra Rhodes too, her work is amazing, that would be a wonderful exhibition to see!
    Looking forward to the monsters!
    Enjoy the Festival of Quilts and don't forget to wear your earrings!
    V xxx

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  12. Gina, I think that by now you do know how much I enjoy reading your posts.

    And, even by now, how envious I am of your having been able to the the Bowie exhibit over and over.

    Now, I learn that you've also been to the Zandra Rhodes show. I've also been a fan for ages, and did once have the opportunity to meet her and let her know of my admiration. She was lovely.

    And, now you're also telling me that your will be seeing that quilt exhibit. There is a green tint beginning to cover me.

    Please do try to take some photos at the exhibit. You are an excellent reporter. Gina, won't it be fun if we could actually see one of these exhibits together one of these days or years?

    xo

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  13. I'm glad most people seem to think blogging is alive and well because I only just started getting into this!! I would hate to find something I enjoyed so much to be winding down. I hope you enjoy your quilt show :) Wendy

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  14. I agree, not always time to comment, but certainly reading blogs !
    My time has been limited, but blogs offer far more depth and inspiration :)

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  15. Keep blogging! Hope to bump into you at the FOQ.

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  16. I didn't get to the Bowie exhibition, but hope to get to the Fashion Museum at some point. Have a good time at FoQ I'm there on Saturday and Sunday, my first visit and I can't wait!

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  17. Blogging ticks boxes that the relative transience of Twitter and Facebook don't. I'm just happy that creative people still blog and allow me windows into their creativity and also that some are generous enough to think the same of what I do!!

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  18. I love those earrings! Love your blog too...just discovered it!

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  19. I always liked the fact that Zandra Rhodes loved to be different. You sound to be having a great time at the exhibitions etc and YES keep blogging - I want to see the finished monsters! x Jo

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  20. Keep blogging. I don't often comment on blogs either but love reading them. Being creative and blogging shares our world, which can be solitary, with other like minded folk.

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  21. I am relieved to hear that you are blogging on!

    I should have loved to see both of those exhibtions as I admire both people. Love the earrings too.

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  22. Gina, I do hope you keep on blogging. I think I have been reading it from very early on. Its always very interesting and it's pleasing that you blog on a regular basis. I feel I know you quite well although this is patently not true at all! I very rarely post a reply only through lack of time. Do keep going.

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  23. Great minds think alike, I went to see Bowie again yesterday too, surprised I didn't bump into you in the members room!

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  24. Ooh, I love to see the Zandra Rhodes exhibition ... lucky you.

    Blog on ... 'tis my new motto. Blogging will only die if we let it!

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  25. Love those earrings - you should certainly wear them again. Cheers

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  26. Well i think blogging is still alive and kicking, I find at least 3 new ones a week that teach me something or are just inspiring, so i for one have no intention of giving up.
    love your earrings hope you decide to wear them and Frankenstein says it all!

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  27. Loving the earrings and, please, keep on blogging.

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