One of the appeals of a blog style website is that it couples the immediacy of a journal with the potential reach of a publication. It provides us with a space where we can put a vector of thought out, before we think we “know” where it’s going, and then come back as soon as we have something further to add, or amend, and in this way let the idea, the conversation, the theme develop in real time. This provides a freedom for the author – a freedom that courts disaster, boredom, if not treated with respect – as it provides a reader/commenter with the tracks receding back in time behind the piece in front of them today. I believe this is not only an advantage, but useful. There is definitely a place for deeply considered and prepared work. I have manuscripts I’ve been working on for years! Certain things cannot be handled any other way and arrive at the same result. But I’m also fascinated with the way things evolve over time, all sorts of evolutions. Evolution works in iteration, with a certain profligacy that expects a degree of culling to take place as time and contingencies erode their functionality. This process gives us the only way I know of to handle the foment of change through time that just simply is our most basic condition.
This is why this form appeals to me so. Each post, comment, gallery is a new iteration upon the theme. It may move it forward, to the side, or even muddle it, or possibly channel it in a new direction. There’s already been plenty of that here in just a few days. The thing is, that while designers are expected to do the dirty work behind closed doors and present their marvels fully formed and “perfect,” I would prefer to leave a trail of iterations to underscore the bushy messy nature of the design process. As with any evolution, any “chosen” path or “conclusion” is really just a spot on a valence cloud of branching possibilities. Perfection is chimerical. Knowing where a particular expression fits into its family tree is useful information.