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Sunday, May 09, 2010


My grandmother Dolores, my mother Filomena and my Uncle Antonio photographed in Madrid.


A young intelligent conferencee at the 2010 Northern Voice Personal Blogging and Social Media Conference on Saturday shocked me, “Your kind of blogging, Alex is old media.”

The buzzword during the two days of Northern Voice, yesterday and Friday was social media. Everybody was talking about it. It seems that anybody who blogs, old-style, like me is old hat.

In the past I noticed that as soon as I was home on the first day of the conference there were many blogs on Northern Voice. This year there were very few. Two years ago when Kris Krug and I lectured together in a very large UBC classroom could see a sea of Macs, all open, on the table. Were we to get boring or make a mistake one of the Mackers would have zapped us in some instant blog.

But the once cutting-edge laptop and or tiny notebook have been relegated to the dustbin of digital history, and it has been replaced by the all-in-one & one-for-everything smart phone. Those with these devices find it much more convenient to tweet as the action is briefer and takes less time. In fact Lauren Wood, one of the organizers of Northern Voice told us that on Friday night and Saturday morning, 2010 Northern Voice was all the buzz in Twitter, above all other topics.

In many respects as an aging classical blogger I felt a bit left out. I have never considered my blog to be anything more than a convenient diary with pictures. For a while I have pushed the boundaries of the diary in that diaries have always been personal. It would have been a no-no to peek into someone’s diary at one time. Not the on on-line blog is available to anybody.

A couple of years ago I went to an Arts Umbrella, end-of-the-year dance program in Richmond’s Gateway Theatre. Rebecca had twisted her ankle so she was not dancing with her class. We went together to watch the performances. During an interval Rebecca asked me for money to buy something to eat and I was lingering outside in the theatre’s garden. A pleasant looking man came up to me and said, “You must be Alex.” I was a bit taken aback since I had never seen the man before. “How do you know?” I asked him. His answer unsettled me, “I saw Rebecca running around so I assumed you were Alex.” He clarified this by telling me he knew who Rebecca was because of my blog. My period of unsettlement wore off but I have been assailed by people telling me I should remove Rebecca and Lauren’s pictures from my blog, to excise their last names and remove most of the personal stuff I have written about them.

When, a few months ago, I put up some pictures of Rebecca wearing a blonde wig I was subjected to some angry family criticism. Luckily Rebecca’s mother and father did not see any problem. But it was when my friend and marketing manager of the Vancouver Opera, Doug Tuck told me, “I liked your Lolita pictures,” that I knew that I must have crossed a line. I have been a bit more careful since. But I even wonder if my paranoid friends (who see sex deviants and lurkers everywhere) would approve of one particular blog where I photographed Rebecca and she wrote in the blog about her fashion sense

One of the programs for Saturday was called Family Matters: Blogging the Parenthood Experience. I told someone I was going to this and the person said, “You are going to listen to the mommy bloggers?” With that as an introduction I reluctantly attended. But I was pleasantly surprised by six women, Kerry Sauriol, Amber Strocel, Lesley McKnight, Harriet Fancott, Danielle Christopher,and Manda Aufochs-Gillespie.

At least four of them confirmed my goal that a personal blog is really a family blog. There seemed to be little paranoia and one of them, the delightfully earthy Amber Strocel simply said, "Life is dangerous," and dismissed with light humor those in the audience who to me seemed overly cautious and paranoid.

Going home I sat next to one of the mommy bloggers in the bus. It was Harriot Fancott who was pleasant, intelligent and practical. If my old-fashioned blog shares cyberspace with these women's blogs that is enough to make me happy.



     

Previous Posts
2010 Northern Voice - Elitist Mushrooms

2010 Northern Voice - Unexpected Adjacencies

The Woman In The Red Shoes

The Wired Gentleman In The Mexican Guayabera

The Unhappy Princess

Paul St. Pierre & The Diminishing Ratio

Lush Life At The Vancouver Public Library

Botanical Cleavage

Marc Fournier's Fusion Bookstore

From The Heart - Part II



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7/24/16 - 7/31/16

7/31/16 - 8/7/16

8/7/16 - 8/14/16

8/14/16 - 8/21/16

8/21/16 - 8/28/16

8/28/16 - 9/4/16

9/4/16 - 9/11/16

9/11/16 - 9/18/16

9/18/16 - 9/25/16

9/25/16 - 10/2/16

10/2/16 - 10/9/16

10/9/16 - 10/16/16

10/16/16 - 10/23/16

10/23/16 - 10/30/16

10/30/16 - 11/6/16

11/6/16 - 11/13/16

11/13/16 - 11/20/16

11/20/16 - 11/27/16

11/27/16 - 12/4/16

12/4/16 - 12/11/16

12/11/16 - 12/18/16

12/18/16 - 12/25/16

12/25/16 - 1/1/17

1/1/17 - 1/8/17

1/8/17 - 1/15/17

1/15/17 - 1/22/17

1/22/17 - 1/29/17

1/29/17 - 2/5/17

2/5/17 - 2/12/17

2/12/17 - 2/19/17

2/19/17 - 2/26/17

2/26/17 - 3/5/17

3/5/17 - 3/12/17

3/12/17 - 3/19/17

3/19/17 - 3/26/17

3/26/17 - 4/2/17

4/2/17 - 4/9/17

4/9/17 - 4/16/17

4/16/17 - 4/23/17

4/23/17 - 4/30/17

4/30/17 - 5/7/17

5/7/17 - 5/14/17

5/14/17 - 5/21/17

5/21/17 - 5/28/17

5/28/17 - 6/4/17

6/4/17 - 6/11/17

6/11/17 - 6/18/17

6/18/17 - 6/25/17

6/25/17 - 7/2/17

7/2/17 - 7/9/17

7/9/17 - 7/16/17

7/16/17 - 7/23/17

7/23/17 - 7/30/17

7/30/17 - 8/6/17

8/6/17 - 8/13/17

8/13/17 - 8/20/17

8/20/17 - 8/27/17