Sunday, November 21, 2010

Randomness and links

I'm really enjoying reading blogs again and having time to explore new websites, spend a little bit more time on Twitter, read interesting articles... It really is amazing, this online world of ours, so full of inspiration and information. Of course what makes this possible is all the wonderful people who share their knowledge, all the artists and creative bloggers who are very generous with their own inspiration and processes. The Internet has only made this sharing easier, but could you imagine living in a world without it?

I was recently thinking about inspiration and how ideas spread while watching this fascinating video on "influencers" (or "trendsetters").


INFLUENCERS FULL VERSION from R+I creative on Vimeo.

Of course we all suffer from information and connection overload from time to time. Or worse, from a sense of not being enough or not doing enough after reading how many creative people are living their dream lifes. I have been there, but I do think that it had more to do with how I was feeling in other areas of my life than with what I was reading online. However, it's always a good idea to have a digital detox from time to time, don't you think? If you feel the need to do this right now, Susannah has plenty of advice on her blog.

If on the contrary you're looking for new blogs to visit, you should go and see  Paris vs New York. It's such a beautiful collection of illustrations about the differences between these two cities... It just makes me want to visit both! Which I'll probably do next year, if everything goes according to plan! These are my favourites from the blog:




There is so much beauty online, that perhaps sometimes we forget to transfer all that inspiration to our offline world.  I'm definitely guilty of this, sometimes I spend most my time working and when it's time to relax I sit in front of my laptop to read some blogs. The Tour de Word (see video below) is just one way of taking something that started as an online adventure and develop it into something to do face to face. Our Blog camps are another example of how you can take relationships and friendships developed on the blogosphere to the offline world. I haven't been to a Blog Camp in a while, but if there is one next year, you can bet I'll be there!

27 comments:

  1. Interesting advice from Susannah.
    As you know B I'm currently detoxing digitally (as much as possible)and hoping it will do the trick!
    Appreciating your loyalty.
    xxx

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  2. Hej B,

    Thanks for the intersting video.

    Have a wonderful start of your week.

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  3. mhm. a blog 'camp', i dunno.
    but interesting nonetheless, what all you're saying.
    blogging is just a tiny part f the whole wide world... sometimes i fear i'm losing out on stuff that doesn't reach the cyberspace....
    so. simplicity, and looking at and talking to people on the bus and train, e.g.
    great antidote!
    :)

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  4. heading over to paris vs. new york. while i cannot believe that a blonde is the iconic new yorker (NYC is the land of the brunettes), i am totally intrigued.

    happy blogging and blog exploring to you, b!

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  5. ¡Madre mía te he echado un montón de menos!
    Sigo alucinando con todo, justo ahora que me estoy tomando uno de esos detox, vas y hablas sobre ello.
    Siempre me gustan estas actualizaciones y la verdad es que a veces pienso qué poco creativa soy yo al lado de toda esta gente. la blogosfera me tiene bastante fascinada, es como un espacio donde encuentras la parte buena del ser humano, no sé, me gusta.
    Muchos besos, me alegro de que estés de vuelta, aunque a mí me va a costar un poco más.

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  6. Hi B
    Just popped in to wish you a Happy Christmas
    (your first as a married lady!)
    love Jan
    xxx

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  7. Vidéo excellent. C'est très intéressant.

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  8. just a note to say: I miss you.
    happy 2011, and whatever it brings!

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  9. What a nice and rich post! I agree, there is so much beauty online! And treasures. Like your words!
    I think all my blogfriends are influencers... You're mine today.

    Have a sweet and creative day.

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  10. Hy B, I think the biggest difference between USA/Europe is a big ocean. And women legs.

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  11. thanks for the information, next time maybe we can visit each other both online and face to face directly in the real world

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  12. heading over to paris vs. new york. while i cannot believe that a blonde is the iconic new yorker (NYC is the land of the brunettes), i am totally intrigued.

    happy blogging and blog exploring to you, b!

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  13. What a nice and rich post! I agree, there is so much beauty online! And treasures. Like your words!
    I think all my blogfriends are influencers... You're mine today.

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  14. Thanks for the intersting video.

    Have a wonderful start of your week.

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  15. eading over to paris vs. new york. while i cannot believe that a blonde is the iconic new yorker (NYC is the land of the brunettes), i am totally intrigued.

    happy blogging and blog exploring to you, b!

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