This mural on the side of an adobe building on one of the main streets of Taos, New Mexico, makes you look twice to wonder what is real and what is painted (which is like blogging - what is real and what is a "created real"?). Being only an hour and a half north of Santa Fe, it is a fun day trip and we were up listening and dancing to Michael Hearne playing at the Old Blinking Light with old friends. My youngest turns 20 this month so no more teenagers chez Pie.
Less mom, more me? I'm sorting out stuff and doing new directions. I think being happy incorporates the idea of creating value with one's life and for women, this is a cyclical process. Even though I'm on break, posting very infrequently, I had to pop in on this subject.
I've focused on less time on-line, and more time offline, since July 1st and have, in a quest for more balance, backed off from daily blog posts. Plus which, there is a lot of noise and relevance is more a matter of content than volume. Just like there are rules for napping, and I think naps are a healthy thing, blogs can nap, too. Or at least my virtual self can with less frequent posts. I'm wanting to move into new media areas in real life beyond just my personal play here after finishing my Media Studies grad program.
- The i-Phones came out July 11th and my blogging service, Typepad, informed me that iPhone users can now use the popular app Blog It powered by TypePad. This free web application makes it easy to use your iPhone to update your status on many of your favorite social networks, including Twitter and Pownce. It also enables you to create and publish blog posts when you're on the go. Hmmmm. Don't think so. I don't think I'll buy an iPhone just to blog.
- Back to school tool: Also coming to a Target near you beginning mid-July: the Pulse Smartpen. I wrote last spring about how I thought this tech tool might be mightier than the sword. I'm checking it out for a back-to-school item for my two children heading back to college this fall. Maybe for me, too.
- Spelling and the shifting of standards: The AP Stylebook, something that has been by my typewriter/computer since I left journalism school, is now something I won't spend money on. The new $18.95 version is out, and new spelling styles for professional journalists: it is ok to use wmd and 9/11 rather than spelling out the full thing. If it were available online, I might use it but really? Language has become so loose as we become so digitally txt-based and global that anything goes, (well, maybe unless you are a for-profit site). Now if it were available on Kindle, I would keep it there in digital form. If I had a Kindle. And I'm getting pretty close to getting one, after having written about them several times (here and here) in June. But the fact that the AP Stylebook is not out in digital form (think Wikipedia and The Free Dictionary, sources I use a lot), is yet just another example of how journalism isn't moving as a profession as it should to shift to digital and online for new media. Facebook announced that their language is loose, too, and spelling is less relevant online. From a blog on Facebook's service, I caught this: Ever see a story about a friend who tagged "themself" in a photo? "Themself" isn't even a real word. We've used that in place of "himself or herself". We made that grammatical choice in order to respect people who haven't, until now, selected their sex on their profile.
- Words? Gen-Yers will be ever so much more playful with their language. Yet, thinking of language, last month when George Carlin died, the internet buzz was full of references to his famous "7 words you can never use on tv" but did you notice, on tv, in blogs and elsewhere the seven words were never used? Aha. Think. WTF. Bet wtf isn't in the AP Stylebook. Bad Words? Nuts, fug, came, poo and sucks are banned words in the NYTimes and goddam used to be used dating back to 1857 until Sally Field said it at the Oscars in 2007 and then they referred to the word as "an expletive".Words that will get attention in headlines? Try these: first, most, fastest, tallest, easiest, money, fat, cancer and sex.
Wordy Cheers while I'm on the road. Without a Kindle or iPhone. Or internet connection.