In the last post I commented that I was mulling over how to repurpose this blog.
The world around us is changing rapidly. It is hard to keep up even if you are focussing on one thing only. It was eating up my days and leaving me no time to spare.
Given that I am setting up a pro bono project and a publishing company with more than one imprint, apart from financing all of this via my work for commercial agencies – I started to feel quite a bit overwhelmed with all the research and information I should be taking in to keep up to date in all the different segments.
I found it was not possible. Information overflow. HELP!
So I started to contact friends and acquaintances, each of them either an expert in his respective field, or an innovative adventurer seeking new continents in the ocean ahead of us that is changing every day.
Mostly these turned out to be informal chats. But there are some conversations that are rather more interview-like, too. It depends a bit on the medium and on my hardware (and if I have time to do a transcript or not).
Anyway, if my conversation partners agree, I’ll share the conversation with you. I’ll also post links to he resources we talk about. There are amazing tools out there that can really make a difference. We all just have 24 hours a day after all. How do you want to spend yours?
Considering that I am working on several fields and interested in even more of them (I always have a couple of potential projects in mind), most people will not find all of the conversations I’ll have and possibly share equally interesting. Still …
A lot of the conversations will revolve around the new publishing technology (digital & print on demand) and innovative ways of tapping into it with image heavy content. You have to keep in mind that a successful path being used by the author of a graphic novel, can possibly be adapted to suit the needs of a photographer, painter or musician.
Right now the rules are being rewritten almost daily. Not all but a great deal of them. This means you should try to keep informed and on the move. Those of us who like change and constant tweaking are in the advantage, because something that is righ today, might turn out to be wrong tomorrow.
So, if you want to and think you’ll enjoy it, I invite you to follow me along here. It is not going to be on a regular basis and there’s no fixed set of rules. It will evolve and hopefully fall into place eventually.
Right now I am working and setting up a couple of speeches, includig the one I will be giving at the Frankfurt Bookfair in 4 weeks. After that I’ll get this salon going.