// BarryBlog //

A creative dumping ground for issues that interest me personally and professionally, with the thought they may interest you too. Issues such as the business of design, the design of business, the design of objects, design strategy, creative direction, innovation, creativity, thought leadership, observations, as well as recommendations, mid-century modern decorative arts and architecture, and the state of my thinking (and currently the state of my heart).

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

A BarryBlog (unofficial) record!

Though not all tallies are in from all 50 precincts, the unofficial number of the comments the vast BarryBlog Network of fans, admirers and haters have generated is zero. Yes, a BarryBlog record, if all the facts check! Zero comments to anything I've posted in a full 7 days.

An impressive feat, and surely an adequate reflection of the time, hard work and resources the infamous Barry has put into the now famous BarryBlog. Blogger newbies, heed my call. Blog I say. Blog until the morning comes and your bills are due, because at the end of the day, the month, the year, or even a decade...

If just one person reads this blog, it would have been worth all the effort.
(photo via: Dan Taylor )

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16 Comments:

Blogger jen said...

hi.

11:06 AM  
Anonymous anita said...

hi there,

i read your blog on a daily basis, but i guess i should start commenting!
your posts are definitely inspiring.
so, thanks for the time you spend to share your encouraging words:)

aknita[at]gmail.com

1:08 PM  
Anonymous Liz Ness said...

Oh man, I read your blog every day. I just don't comment every day (don't want to annoy you, you know). So don't accept any awards yet!

;) I'm a fan and I know you have others, too!

Plus, don't do anything rash...like stop writing your blog. I learn so much (of course this seems selfish on my part, but I don't care) and I feel a connection to you, my cyber buddy!

3:08 PM  
Blogger studiosmith said...

Hi back!

3:38 PM  
Blogger Jess said...

Wow, a shameless ploy for sympathy! I love it. That's funny. On a totally random note, watch this video about an amazing new graphic design tool.

4:20 PM  
Blogger studiosmith said...

Couldn't resist. The whole idea was funny to me, and what was even more funny was my link to SethBlog if you click the photo. He left a comment on my Power150 post. August 15 goes down as a weird day in barryBlog history.

5:41 PM  
Blogger jen said...

very weird.

10:55 AM  
Blogger studiosmith said...

Jen - "Hi Back" was meant for you. Also, the whole BarryBlog is weird, just this post or something else entirely?

1:44 PM  
Blogger jen said...

um, all of the above...:) for some reason this week I felt like leaving one-word comments...I was mildly saddened for you that no one had commented for 7 days, since I know how obsessive I get about checking for comments (does this wear off after you hit the one year mark?). so mostly this particular post was weird, as I haven't read very far back in your archives...

8:31 PM  
Blogger studiosmith said...

Jen

My reason for blogging originally (and still I suppose) was to create a file cabinet of things which I find of interest for future reference, and in general the whole exercise was a test and a learning experience. I never knew if people would stop by, and/or ever comment. Initially it was surprising, new and therefore fun to get comments, and it still is. Once I got the hang of things and my content got better, I did think I would begin to draw more people into a discussion. I love to discuss design industry stuff, and anticipated a majority of my colleagues would too. But I realized that for any number of reasons, people generally don't seem to understand they can or care to comment. And frankly, that's okay. The reason you and I blog is because we took the inititative. Others just go about their jobs and lives with different interests and different levels of desire to try new things. And others are more interested in giving back. I see blogging as giving back. I've worked with all sorts of people in a 20 year career, and admittedly the majority of people are rather self concerned and not particularly drawn to sharing with and helping others, unless there's some takeaway for them. Blogging is pure giving. User generated and open source. BarryBlog is produced by a regular everyday designer. I'm not Seth. Or Coudal. Or Speak Up. You name it. Many designers, or should I say people, don't see the value of colleagues and collaboration, and would prefer to check out the design myths for their fodder. I, on the other hand, prefer to look in the fringes, say to your blog, for budding voices, alternative views, and unmined and unrecognized perspective that you can't find in the big name blogs. Plus if you find something there probably 1000 other blogs are already talking about it. So all this to say the obsessiveness for checking does wear away, or atleast it did for me. But it's always enjoyable to have someone comment for me, because I enjoy starting a conversation almost as much as I enjoy having a conversation.

10:04 AM  
Blogger jen said...

oh, if only we could all be Coudal! I gotta say, that place sounds like a great place to work. I guess they wouldn't be so fascinating if they were the norm. I've wanted for years to have a place to collect all my random thoughts and ideas and projects in one place...I'm terribly scatterbrained about carrying a notebook, so blogging is the perfect venue for me. I don't really count on people commenting, and most of the people I know aren't into design at all, so I'm not expecting meaningful discussions about design on there!
It looks like you've collected a pretty extensive list of resources on your blog...I'll have to do some further browsing soon...keep up the good research!

10:17 AM  
Blogger studiosmith said...

Jen

I agree fully and I too blog as a way to collect and save things of interest to me. It's always cool to hear when other epople enjoy and benefit from the same. Plus it's great to make connections like we have. Thanks for the encoouragement. If you want, subscribe to my feed. I just did yours and llok forward to keeping up to spped on all things Jen. God Bless.

5:47 PM  
Blogger Jess said...

Wow, Seth Godin knows you exist? :) !! I guess since you TOTALLY INSULTED him (ha), he had to say something.

9:52 PM  
Blogger studiosmith said...

Seth's Newsreader knows me. I'm sure he's never clicked in!

6:33 AM  
Anonymous C Tobias said...

Runner-up: Books Covered by Tobias
Comments: 2

8:52 PM  
Blogger studiosmith said...

We need to start a craft, scrapbook and DIY blog. Those sites get all the comments. Jess's blog sent me 275 click throughs a fews back, and an ongoing total of about 650, but again, no comments. :^)

6:48 AM  

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