I sent the link to Art Mobs to one of the museum/tech lists I'm on because I wanted to see if there were other examples of blogging in a museum context. Julian from Pacific Asian Museum left a comment that pointed to a blog about Buddhist Art Happenings Around the World. (I got excited because I had been researching buddhism and art resources for Cambodia4kids and because the monk from the Wat in RI might do some culture classes for Harry and Sara and some other kids... ) Unfortunately, the blog postings stopped around a year ago, not sure if that's because the blogger left the organization, lost enthusiasm, or there haven't been any buddhist art happening around the world.
I got curious and emailed Julian asking him why postings haven't continued. His response: "We've been extremely swamped with work, which has made us realize that if you
are going to do something like this, you have to be prepared to manage it. There
are several options in discussion now on how we might use this blog to our
advantage and increase it's userability. I'll keep you posted on our decision
and our findings. "
I'm sure that out of the 10 million blogs counted by Sifrey, there are certainly some that aren't active. It is human after all. I stopped blogging for six months, although I don't think anyone noticed. The point is that the activity of blogging (not just the posting, but the discoverability) is a habit and creating a habit is about change or a transition. So, how do you keep motivated?
My laptop died last week in Chicago at the NTC. So, it was a bit difficult for me to find anything to laugh about. I couldn't find anything amusing for my favorite holiday, April Fool's Day and was just going to reference what I wrote on April 1, 2003. Found some inspiration on my favorite blog at the Tombstone Generator.
I remember someone posting a great piece of clip art in 2001 to the Rider's list, "Circuit Riding for Dummies." I had saved it on my hard drive, but can't find it. Drat, the list archives don't go back that far. I did find last year's April Fool's prank from 2002 posted on the Rider's List. However, seems pretty appropriate for 2003.
Meanwhile, time to take a break from this technology stuff and make a Mango Fool to mark the holiday.