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I am of the generation who came of age as the analog world transformed into the digital world.
As a child, I listened to a radio, played vinyl records, made mix-tapes on cassette. I got tickets torn, punched and stamped. I loaded 35mm film into a camera and used a photo booth for official documents. I read clocks with hands, dialed a telephone attached to the wall, wrote in a diary, used a typewriter (with onionskin paper!) and a mimeograph. I bought newspapers, read encyclopedia, and used the card catalogue in the library.
As an adult, I rely on my laptop for all of these things.
When it comes to reading, digital texts behave differently than printed ones. They eye requires shorter paragraphs with more white space because we scroll through them vertically. They are searchable. The architecture of websites allows for a rapidly available archival process, and the internet as a whole has a global reach, rather than a local one. Good blogs utilize the current technology and real-world practices really well. Writing for them exercises a different set of muscles than writing for other media.
I love books — I write and collect books — and think that the analog world they inhabit can live side-by-side with their digital counterparts. I blog because I can.
MICKI'S GRIST MILL
This is where I post articles, commentary, observations and reviews anything that is grist for my mill.
Yuckylicious explores every aspect of terrible cookbooks — from the recipes to the instructions to the photos to the design — from the ancient to the modern and everything in between.
THE INKY JUKEBOX
This is a blog dedicated to reviews of country music and live shows, featuring, wherever possible, my own video footage and photos.
SCOTT'S LAST BLOG
My original blog is based on the idea that if Scott of the Antarctic were alive today, he'd be blogging, rather than writing in a journal. My blog recreated, in real time, his fateful Terra Nova expedition.