[Disclaimer: This is just a piece of writing, and not a declaration of war against FOD. We've been through many things together FOD and I, and we've yet to break up. Every relationship has its difficult times. Despite my frustration I'm hoping for the best. Here, I'm simply waxing philosophical again.]
Well, I've been thinking of sitting down and writing something with words as I tend to do from time to time. How I would describe my writing? I wouldn't. I'm a terribly abstract person.
So, today I sit here in front of my computer as I have so many times before but I find myself suddenly shy and resistant to whatever artistic process it is that I have.
I never intended to have a blog. It sort of just happened, as many things do in this life. Much of my art is unintentional.
The new FOD blog functions are a bit intimidating to a shy writer. (Yes, me shy. I know its implausible but true.) With the old format, you could write something and it would be featured for a while on your page, until you were inspired to write another. Then, while your readers could always search backwards I wasn't forced to live with what I have done or said on a daily basis.
Had my blog started that way, I don't think most of the entries would have survived.
I'm a weird that way. As I improve in any one art form, I tend to reject my old work. Those of you who remember my Paul Newman Tribute, and other short lived video/ photographic works will know what I'm talking about. This is a tendency I must fight against, despite the new format.
Those video works of mine that have survived are those I did with the group of collaborative artists known as "The_Experiment." I suppose I didn't have the heart to "cut-out" work on which I had collaborated with so many awesome people. I'm glad for that.
So, what do I do now?
While I may be frustrated with the changes, and especially the "overly-white" Starbucks-esque new design, I do not think I can give up the community of wonderful artists and folks I've found here.
I also, do not know of any other place where I can participate in many differing art forms and collaborate with so many awesome people.
So I'm hoping to "work it out" with FOD. After all... we do have a three year relationship.
If you too, value the "network" of artists and users here and the unique atmosphere that has always been FOD please stay, and stand with me. Let your voices be heard throughout the many forums and blogs that FOD artists/users are using to connect and talk to those who run this site to give them their input.
And don't stop creating.