Sunday, March 30, 2008

Art Bloggers @ Red Dot open thread

Thanks everyone for coming to the art blogger panel discussion. Feel free to post your own responses and comments to the panel discussion questions (we didn't get to all of them), either here, or post them on your own blogs and provide a link.

1.There's more art coverage on the blogs than in conventional publications. Some of the writing is good, hewing to journalistic standards, some is deplorable. What is our responsibility personally to good writing and journalistic integrity in our own blogs and within the blogosphere in general?

2. Among us on this panel, we're artists, gallerists, educators, lecturers, print journalists and bloggers--all of us multiple hat wearers accustomed to juggling our various hats. At what point do all these hats create a conflict of interest?

3. We're networking like crazy online, and often moving freely between the blogosphere and real time and space. The Blogger show, John Morris's recent organizational effort in New York, Pittsburgh and elsewhere, is a good example. This conference is another. Now, how do we manage the network and our time?

4. Big, open questions: Are we mainstream yet? Do we want to be? What is the future of art blogging?

In the audience, developers were interested in designing more useful interfaces for bloggers. I personally would like paragraph indenting (without manually inserting html), and Ed Winkleman mentioned better search capabilities and tags. Is there anything you would like to see included/changed in the blogging software?

A full report is forthcoming, but in the meantime we wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed meeting everyone. We'll do it again in Miami in December, so stay tuned for more details.

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