Monday, December 28, 2009

Public Looks Back at Worst Decade in 50 Years

Originally I intended this post this post for Mountainair Arts and have already reposted there. For now and maybe longer, I will also export flâneuse posts to "chez Vanessa" at OS. Comparing reactions from different readerships / demographics should be interesting.

From a report from the PEW Research Center:
"As the current decade draws to a close, relatively few Americans have positive things to say about it. By roughly two-to-one, more say they have a generally negative (50%) rather than a generally positive (27%) impression of the past 10 years. This stands in stark contrast to the public's recollection of other decades in the past half-century. When asked to look back on the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, positive feelings outweigh negative in all cases."
Public Looks Back at Worst Decade in 50 Years

What do you think? Do you agree or disagree? Have the "aughties" been a transformative decade, a black hole or both? Personally, I find separating the personal from the "larger picture" exceedingly difficult... if not downright impossible

Saturday, December 26, 2009

resolutions of an irresolute flâneuse

flâneuse résolue ~ c'est moi, néamoins plusiers doutes. surveying the list of posts, sad ~  17 in three years counting this one. granted, if I am to continue here, fewer or at least different but more interesting rants and more resolutions - of the practical and realistic variety. last year's blog resolutions worked ~ KISS (keep it short and simple) ~ Blogging English excepted.

resolutions do not have to be the same for each blog. the flâneuse hereby resolves:
  1. customize resolutions (except this one?)
  2. (and this one) blog regularly: set a schedule (i.e. 1-3 week) and stick to it 
  3. don't let regularity lead to mental constipation or banality
  4. the contrary flâneuse is not a community blog ~ shun psa's and lectures
  5. blog à clé: use pseudonyms for any references that could be construed as personal
  6. blog not clog ~ short posts (channel TW)
  7. the niche thing ~ post to a theme even if I don't yet know what that would be
too many for now ~ back in another to trim

Thursday, December 24, 2009

flâneuse revenante

dang flâneuse won't fade away like faerie no one believes in, won't lie down and die. could this be a message to my unconscious that she has more to say? that she needs to speak free, run amok. who knows, resuscitating her might breathe life in the sad flagship ~ blog ship? ship of blog? or be the instrument seppuku. arts needs an id. is flâneuse arts' id? say that fast 20 times...

send out the runners... change the settings. what status then? to publish but not list on profile? to flaunt or not to flaunt, that is the question.

a recent problogger post might be relevant here: "How to Manage Expectations with Your Blog Readers?"

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