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Well, it’s been a really nice trip over the last few weeks, but we seem to have reached a turning point: we don’t have submissions to go on with a daily post, so some changes are needed. Experience has proven it too ambitious, but I think it was worth a try.
The idea for the blog is good, and I can say this with some detachment because it was not mine, but my brother’s. It is good enough to move people from around the world to send in their works (thank you); even a kind soul was inspired to design us a header just for the sake of it… (thank you) And we have enjoyed some very nice exposure, including of course Neatorama (the first, and what first), Ze Frank (the one I am most proud of), and a good bunch of other blogs and even video blogs. So what happened?
I read on a post a couple of days ago that this was a blog about what people used to do before the Internet, and it is very true that with Internet access in the workplace the amount of time dedicated to artistic creation has gone down drastically. I can quote no studies on the matter, but as my father says, what is evident needs no demonstration.
But that’s only a partial explanation, and also an easy excuse. I have no doubt that another cause of this situation was poor execution, and as you probably noticed already there has been quite a bit of that. Looking back there are things that we should have done differently. There has been some technical limitations, or rather limitations due to our ignorance of technical issues. And there is of course the eternal question How do I get people to ________? In our case send in pictures of their artwork.
I honestly don’t know, but all suggestions are very welcome.
So where are we going from here? I don’t think it is realistic to commit to any periodicity. For the time being we will go back to the pre-Neatorama origins and keep posting as often as the submissions allow it.
Just one last daily post that might make someone happy. I didn’t intend to use this submission as it is not what the blog is about, but there’s no need to take it so seriously.
From the email:
My name is Heather Mack and I am 8 years old. I am good at artwork. I would like to share my creation with you.
Author: Heather, Charlottesville,VA. USA.
Title: Having fun at the beach
AWftWP: Well, it looks like someone is ready to enter the job market. Heather, run for your life! No, well, it’s not that bad. It is just… well, boring.
In our constant pursue of continual improvement we are now targetting the logo. “But it’s really nice!”, you may say. And indeed it is. As explained before, it was a collaboration from one of our most talented artists. But we now want an even nicer logo, put together by even more artists.
We have had the vision to come up with a new type font: The Workplace, where the letters are put together by yourselves using materials from your workplaces.
Here are some examples of the kind of thing we have in mind:
And now the prize. For every letter we will make a selection of the picture we like the best until we complete a full alphabet. Those of you who sent in the selected works will be invited to a wonderful trip: a wonderful hike* to Valdediós, where the monks there will gladly host and feed you for as long as you like, as one of their bows is “to receive all the hosts coming to the monastery like they were Jesus Christ in person”.
Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Send us some pictures to email@example.com
*May need to swim depending on your location. En route meals and accomodation not included.
Today we have received an inexpected collaboration that you probably noticed already. We actually needed one. As someone said,
The Broadway font is just killing me. 😉
That someone happened to be K, an enterprising friend of AWftWP who doesn’t have a site for us to link and preferred to go anonymously as so many others do in this site.
So thank you, K. That’s one less thing for us to do. It does fit in very nicely with the blog’s theme.
I have been speechless for the last couple of days, but it’s time to step forward and say something. To say a big THANK YOU, basically.
I obviously liked the idea of making a blog dedicated to the fine examples of craftsmanship I come across in my office. I first thought the blog would survive for a couple of months if I managed to get friends and family to send me some pictures. I thought we may even get some kind strangers to send something in, who knows? So I gathered together some examples and started publishing as soon as I felt we had enough material for the first few posts.
After the second post I started leaving some comments here and there, and harassed my friends to help out sending some photographs and showing the site in their workplaces. Then, all of a sudden, the miracle happened: Neatorama featured us on Thursday 26th. I guess they were the ones that got the ball rolling, and since then this blog has been posted about in a few other places (even in Icelandic, how awesome is that!?!); got listed in a Brazilian site that has been sending quite a bit of traffic (Muito obrigado); and featured in some German videoblog for a few seconds (2:32 – 2:43). I don’t have a clue what that woman is saying, but it sounds… strange. Anyone out there can translate? Hey!, I even have noticed some people suscribing to the blog using those feed readers, which given our track record so far (three posts at highly irregular intervals) is an overwhelming proof of faith – we’ll try to not let you down.
More importantly we have received some emails with amazing works of art. Don’t get me wrong, we are not nearly over flooded so please do keep those emails coming in – but we have a good bunch of fine masterpieces, so we have decided to make a few changes here, hopefully for the better: first, there will be one daily post Monday-Friday; just a daily dose of hope and inspiration to help us all cope with our jobs. Also, reading those emails with their anonymous stories I have found them just as compelling as the art itself, so I will be sharing them with you as well. If you decide to send a picture, we’d love it if you could take two minutes to tell us your story.
And finally there is the technical side of things. I have to apologise for the look of this very modest blog. There are some changes we want to make, but neither me nor my brother (this is a joint project) are specially good with computers, so it may take a while. Please be patient.
True to the spirit of the blog, I am writing the text for this post while at work on Saturday morning (overtime, more pay – you know how it goes…). [though I reviewed it a few times at home] As a little homage to the first source of inspiration, the colleagues that have produced most of the artwork featured so far, I have put together a little shrine under my monitor and this is what it looks like right now:
I can hear the gnashing of teeth in envy 🙂
The Blu-Tack figurines were planned for the next post with the Title “Angry demonstrators”. The Banner is written in Gujarati (an Indian language) and they tell me it reads “Find a new job”. The rest you probably recognise.
And that’s all we wanted to say, really. Thank you all again from myself and my brother, and we hope to see you around and even hear from you if you feel like it. Thank you.
I better get back to my work now…