Monday, July 02, 2007
Knit 1 Blog 1
OK all you knitting bloggers -- if you haven't come out of the woodwork already to Craft ACT's call, now is your chance to be part of a fun event coming soon to your browser... Knit 1 Blog 1!
It's a knitting/blogging exhibition with both virtual and real qualities.
There will be large screens projecting blogs by knitters or knitters who blog, display cases of blogged knits (including, I might add, the fabulous knitted kits made for me by Kate), workshops for knitters and a workshop on blogging. And they've got their own blog about it all too.
Now, I can knit, but I can't purl. I can blog, even if it gets a bit patchy, and I can definitely talk. So I've been asked to host the blogging workshop.
No question too dumb! I put in the blurb. I hope they understand that it's a two-way street. Some of my answers may be fabulously dumb. But it's a 90 minute session, with half an hour for me to have a quick rant about blogging -- how to comment, how to set yourself up, how to find like-minded blogs (and how to be mindful that you're writing to the entire interwebs, not just your mates, or you might end up with your very own ker-boom! moment*), yada, yada, yada.
The other hour is for people to take turns on the computers (or bring their own laptops) and I will hang around showing them how to install site meters and flickr accounts and the like and probably swapping lots of jolly jape stories.
When I was asked to do this workshop I felt a bit wrong for the job -- I mean, there are huge glitches with my blog template which I've been too busy to iron out, and I'm way behind in internut advances, but I figure I'm close to the end of my 3rd year of blogging, and I love helping people with their problems, so meh to the insecurities. It'll be a hoot. And so many of you have written excellent posts on the nature of blogging that I have a swathe of links to pass on and discuss. This is just one of them. Anyone I use will be fully attributed, of course.
Knit 1 Blog 1 starts on the 14th of July at the Craft ACT galleries, located in the North Building in Civic, opposite the ACT Government headquarters, and beside the Canberra Theatre. They're on the 1st floor above CMAG, and if you go there you'll pass in the stairwell that statue of Al Grassby that has been in the news so much...
*I call ker-boom moments those times when a blog comments thread is pulling someone to bits merrily and then that person or one of their mates comes on board and protests. There is a virtual KER-BOOM! which is a huge silence that contains everyone's shock and then hours later people start tentatively posting comments again. Feel free to tell me about the favorite ker-boom moment in your blogging experience!