Like a shining diamond, Like a knife.

Or: My finest art?

First I’d like to say thanks to everyone who took my little poll. The results have been pretty much what I expected (more on that later). Double thanks go to those who left thoughtful comments, they were illuminating, and I appreciate it very much. Second though are apologies. Yes, apologies to all of you who have travelled these parts long enough to witness my repetitions. Ennui, desire, dissatisfaction, and labor pains- I am about to speak on these yet again, and yet again I will mull the pulling of my rug out from under you. Giving thoughtful consideration to, and writing about, the creative process is both honorable and necessary. So when a creative sort has, for a period, spent the better part of his creative energy on a blog the result of an inventory is, unfortunately, that most tiresome of things- another blog post about blogging.

01.01. filed under: announcements. personal.


Have you considered using this blog as a way to present your art directly to the public? There are a number of artists out there who are doing this, and doing it quite successfully. COOP comes to mind with his paintblogging, along with Ward Kimball, Dan Goodsell, and Mark Frauenfelder. You’ve got a large, built-in audience here who already enjoy what you’re doing in terms of prose, and what we’ve seen of your skills in graphic design and illustration. Why not use the Nonist as a platform to promote your art commercially?

As for your comments about being frustrated with regards to your current career path, I can relate. I was forced to drop out of the university where I was studying graphic design and broadcasting due to lack of funds and wound up in computer maintenance. I eventually found my way into a line of work that utilizes my college background, but I spent a lot of years in the vocational wilderness before that happened.

posted on 01.01 at 07:00 PMMrBaliHai


my goals as a creator are not in line with the expectations of the consumer, so far as the blog form is concerned

I disagree. The reason I love The Nonist so much is because it offers something I can’t find anywhere else on the web — it’s unique and strange and wonderful and beautiful and twisted and hilarious.

posted on 01.01 at 09:16 PMBrittanie


Standing by, Mr. Morrison.

VR/

posted on 01.02 at 10:08 AM.


Have you looked at Cabinet Magazine?  ( cabinetmagazine.org )  It’s print, and it’s quarterly, so it sounds like a fit in terms of content and schedule.

The Nonist is the only website that I find satisfying to read in the same way as sitting down and reading a book in a library.

posted on 01.02 at 12:53 PMJustin Sherrill


I agree with Brittanie - I read The Nonist precisely because you don’t “blog as one ought”. And I’d rather wait between posts, not knowing when something might appear and what it might be, than see you impose some kind of timetable or other content limits which would happen if this were to become a “magazine”.
Please continue to only post when you have something you feel is worth sharing, rather than “Oh, it’s that time of the month again: better post something - will this do?”
Thanks, and all the best for 2007.

posted on 01.03 at 08:53 AMsimon


I’m guessing you’ll be around, one way or the other. Do I get a prize for reading this whole thing?

posted on 01.03 at 12:14 PMPierce


I read the whole thing, J, and I understand how you feel. People are going to miss
the Nonist,but you have to find the creative outlet that satisfies you.You are an excellent writer,and should you decide to write on paper,it too will be well received.
Good luck with finding satisfaction for your art itch.

posted on 01.03 at 12:47 PM.


If there’s anything more pointless than blogging about blogging, it must be commenting about blogging about blogging; but even so, here I am! And sober, too! My fifty öre on the subject (that being the lowest denomination coin in circulation in Sweden—worth roughly $0.0734 at today’s rates): you are really very good at blogging, whether you like it or not, but I think you also have the wherewithal to fill a larger stage than this: although, alas, I don’t know how you might go about that.

I had some more thoughts on the subject, but they all turned to errant gibberish when I tried typing them out.

posted on 01.03 at 04:41 PMmisteraitch


I have the feeling we cirlce this topic now for several years ...

*being an artist*

You are certainly not a blogger Sir! And that’s the reason we all applaud you for your unique style ...

*being an organizer*

Most of your bigger and flashier ideas would require a lot of administrative work. As you know I speak from experience from my own attempt at starting group blogs, virtual communties, etc.

Are you an organizer? Can your inner artist cope with people being not ‘you’? Do you have the energy, time and patience to herd cats/bloggers?

*being a publisher*

Like you I do love paper - and I have published several tech and design books. It’s a feeling like no other. Some sort of ultimate publishing orgasm.

I currently see a trend back to paper - especially since BODs (Books on Demand) have become cheaper, easier to do and are finally finding new markets. So finally the old credo ‘everybody can be a publisher on the internet’ gets a strange papery twist ...

Once again: I think there is a market for creative souls / publisher like you - if you have the stomach and power to pull through your own limits and the work that is needed to finish such a thing.

So my suggestion to you: concentrate on your unique style and produce blog content only as a testing ground for your magazine / book.

posted on 01.04 at 10:21 AMorangeguru


Find someone to collaborate with. Collaboration: it’s the wave of the past! I definitely feel as if there’s a lacuna in the group-blogging arena: somehow, none of the group blogs I know is as good as it ought to be. Perhaps you could find three or four likeminded individuals, and together make something new.


The other thing is that I encourage you to quit. I quit all the time. It’s very satisfying, actually. My current blog, for example, will die a planned death in June. Then, who knows? It’s better than fading away.

posted on 01.05 at 03:00 PMTeju


i kind of agree with orangeguru.
and you have what it takes to make it. to make it i mean - find the ultimate way for your unique voice and creative vision to be heard, seen and read (you are doing it beautifully so far)

posted on 01.07 at 05:16 AMmoon


I have seen enough of your introspections on blogging to suspect that this was in the works…I get the feeling that you want to fly free but can’t bear to disappoint. Of course we all love your product and (selfishly) hope that you’ll stay here and continue to produce it for us, but I for one will understand if/when you eventually call it quits and move on to something more personally satisfying for you. I would miss this blog, but if you love something, let it go…until such time as you may decide to escape us and flee for more advanced and challenging projects, I’ll certainly continue to enjoy soaking up your creations, and wish you the best when it’s over.

I voted for option one, btw. Your unique content really is what sets you apart from other blogs…your links are of course also fascinating, but there really is enough of that elsewhere (my blog, for instance, among millions of others). And collaboration, in addition to being more challenging to manage, only dilutes that original content of yours of which we are all such big fans. And since I’m a casual, sporadic reader of all my blogs (I have a big blogroll and would love to but can’t keep up with any of them, really), casual, sporadic posting would suit me fine. Although yours is one of the only blogs where I will read the archives back to my last visit, instead of just catching up with the last page or so.

(Speaking of which, I did prefer the old format to this one-entry-per-page thing…easier to catch up with after a long absence, and easy to see how much there’s been in the meantime. More “typical” blog, though, and I understand you’re trying to distinguish what you do.)

Whatever you end up doing with this blog, good luck. And thank you for sticking with us this far.

posted on 01.08 at 02:39 AMbluewyvern


Selfishness as a reader aside, I feel for you with this dilemma having spent many years at the mercy of contrary impulses myself. I’ve probably been luckier since very often the commercial work I’m engaged in is close to any personal work I’d want to be doing. In this respect that mysterious entity Art is like the hidden Godhead in Borges’ ‘The Approach to al-Mu’tasim’, felt at a distance rather than fully realised.

To return to earth (ahem) I’d suggest maybe producing some sort of PDF publication, something I probably should have thought to mention before. This would be more substantial and permanent, capable of being printed and yet also downloadable which means you wouldn’t lose readers reluctant to acquire something that only exists in a physical form.

posted on 01.17 at 09:05 AMJohn C


Don’t go! I just discovered you.

posted on 07.11 at 01:35 AM.

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