So, what's a blog?
From Wikipédia "A blog (a contraction of the words web log) is a discussion or informational site published on the World Wide Web and consisting of discrete entries ("posts") typically displayed in reverse chronological order (the most recent post appears first). Until 2009 blogs were usually the work of a single individual, occasionally of a small group, and often covered a single subject. (...)
A majority are interactive, allowing visitors to leave comments and even message each other via GUI widgets on the blogs, and it is this interactivity that distinguishes them from other static websites. In that sense, blogging can be seen as a form of social networking. Indeed, bloggers do not only produce content to post on their blogs, but also build social relations with their readers and other bloggers. (...)
Many blogs provide commentary on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries; others function more as online brand advertising of a particular individual or company. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, Web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability of readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important contribution to the popularity of many blogs. Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on art (art blogs), photographs (photoblogs), videos (video blogs or "vlogs"), music (MP3 blogs), and audio (podcasts).”
So, why add a blog to Art Limited?
Because we want to be different just like everybody else. Actually no, we have waited a little long for that. But we sincerely believe that the blog can provide us with a new outlet for our ideas, for our expectations, for our creations, for what we are, for what we live, for how we go about things, and above all what we want to share.
In short we thought it was time to show a bit of the people that are behind Art Limited because we're getting a lot of 2.0 human feedback from you all.
What am I going to be able to talk about to begin with?
Say everything or nothing. Oh, yes, I can already feel white page anxiety kicking in. Of course this isn't exactly true because I am using these lines as a means of testing the code and markup that the blog runs on. Testing the comments module, social sharing, image sharing, article editing and publishing. This time we actually have proper rewrite rules for using the title of the article in the page title.
Thanks to Ian for the translation, the one who can understand the subtleties (if there are any) of my prose.
Development tools : Ultraedit and Filezilla. (Nothing could be more simple).
To kick off these blog posts I'm going to present my work environment to you. I work all over the place really, from the office, from home, from hotels, from friends houses from holliday places, from a table a fridge (heatwave in France right now). I work nights an days. All the time. There has not been one day since 2005 that I haven't worked on Art Limited. I'm constantly checking that everything is working OK, researching and publishing articles for the Agenda, answering questions and giving support, checking images, moderating the forum, promoting the site through social media, tracking persistent bugs, thinking of new ideas, selecting images and from now on writing new blog posts.
I've been talking about myself but for the other members of the team it's the same. They're really great. Everybody works when and where they can, with the main objective of enjoying the work (a thaught for Ossiane who was blown over by the Irish wind).
One of my offices is at Dolist.
A little aside : Why Dolist? Art Limited uses Dolist transactional emailing system's services and API for subscriber messages, notifications, invitations, subscriptions, alerts, newsletters etc...
To give you an idea of the work load it took us roughly 7 hours to set up the blog. The evening before we were sitting in the garden seeking shelter from the relentless sun under a parasol. We even forgot to get a drink as we discussed new ways of communicating and interaction for the site. The blog came up as the best and most obvious solution even if for a long time I had held back from creating a blog.
As usual I mull things over a lot during the night, and as usual in the morning I'm bursting with ideas. Some in my entourage find this tiring! For my it is like a drug, motivating, I didn't eat all day because i want things to be finished. Quickly!
Don't worry, the next evening I had a wonderful dinner!
Here my workspace at home. No home staging here!.
How are we going to use the blog in the future?
No doubt we will talk about day to day events, ask your opinion of certain ideas, introduce new features, and give free reign to our imagination and humor.
To begin with it will only be open to the Art Limited team members, while we perfect the module, but I would like to make it a place where members can also express themselves about Art Limited. We're thinking about the publishing workflow for this.
With regards to what could be published we're thinking along the lines of Art Limited meetings and meetups, what Art Limited has made possible for you and also interaction and concepts that revolve around the site and the community.
All new ideas are welcome.
I'm going to stop after this paragraph. I don't really like talking about myself much, I lean more towards the “dark side” of discretion and I don't think that it's all that interesting really.
Of course I could tell you a lot of stories about Art Limited, the history, the joys and sorrows, and these things will probably crop up over the next few months.
On a serious note we work hard to bring you interviews with interesting people, information on new launches and the trends in Art to help you discover things that you like. You will find articles on the last events on Art Limited and how you and we have transformed our dreams and aspirations into reality.
Just to finish off here's a video. Everytime I watch it I feel moved. We can all learn for each other through taking and respecting the best of our differences.
Welcome to the blog, see you soon on AL!
We are all from the same planet. Thanks to Matt Harding.