Goodenough Gismo

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    This is the classic children's book, Goodenough Gismo, by Richmond I. Kelsey, published in 1948. Nearly unavailable in libraries and the collector's market, it is posted here with love as an "orphan work" so that it may be seen and appreciated -- and perhaps even republished, as it deserves to be. After you read this book, it won't surprise you to learn that Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) was an accomplished artist, or that as Dick Kelsey, he was one of the great Disney art directors, breaking your heart with "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," and "Bambi."



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Ally

Well, I spent part of last week at an education writers (as in journalists) conference in D.C., and newsblogging is on the upswing. I think you'll continue to see an increase in the number of reporting blogs and websites, on a variety of topics. So while people's personal blogs wane, it looks to me as though professional blogs will flourish.

amba

Yeah, that's probably where a lot of reporting is going to go now that newspapers are dying. And a good thing too, though how people are going to get paid for it is a dicey question. Well, it will be specialized, and organizations like yours will pay for it, I guess.

shaun

I must say, in the gentlest of terms, that you are downright schizophrenic about this entire matter. Having read this wonderful blog for a few months now, I can reliably predict that when you do a post like this or say you've had it and are shutting down, you'll soon be back like ten cats.

I am incapable of running out of edgy and, I can only hope, interesting things to blog about.

This is because of my own background as a well-traveled, ink-stained wretch who often can find an experience in my past to stir into an experience in our present.

But more than that I had no illusions about why I got into blogging nor do I have any problem pulling back and taking a deep breath when the weight of the world gets too heavy.

I have penned about 6,500 blog posts over the years, most of them finger food but a few that took some effort and passion. My reward is that nearly half of my visitors (from nearly 140 countries and counting) stumble on me through search engines when they type in whatever interests them: "Duane Allman," "golden retrievers," "extraordinary rendition," "Nancy Pelosi is an idiot," and so on and so forth.

People who obsess on whether blogging is fading, rising or maintaining need to get lives. It's what it is and nothing more or less.

amba

"Finger food!" I love it.

karen

I just hope and pray that you don't quit completely. I've seriously had to cut back on reading-- and you are basically the only place i ~speak my mind~, yet the thought of NOT reading your brilliant words... leaves me empty in my heart.

As for your political silence- i sort of understand- but, this was such a real place to harvest honest thought... not many places are so bi-partisan... including the WH. Especially the WH.

You're correct about the address changing. I don't know when, either. Pins-n needles all around.

Janet

Blogs are places to have conversations. You're not obliged to continue if you don't want to. Or it can move down on the list of priorities. Just breathe deep and go where your heart takes you.

Lynne

I think the mistake lies in confusing blogging with a writing career, and judging the one by the standards of the other.
This is a place where I think a lot of 'pro' writers just don't 'get it.'
Blogging has given a voice to me and zillions like me who may have a talent, but never had any connections or any chance to be heard. For the first time in our intellectual lives, when our "betters" tell us to shut up, we can put up our fiesty, non-credentialled dukes and say: "You can't make me!"
And then go on adding our voices to the din that is America, whether the 'real' writers like it or not.

amba

Jeez, who said the "real" writers didn't like it?? Whence this hostility to people who wound up writing for a living? Was it we who told you to shut up? We were reaching out to you with our words, longing for a shout-back. Maybe your parents, or your teachers, or spouses, or publishers told you to shut up; or maybe you told yourself to shut up. Writers-by-trade certainly did not! And if you become a writer, by trade or not, more power to you!

However, I cannot unbecome what I am, and I'm talking about what blogging has been for me. Should I shut up, then?? We're coming at the experience of blogging from a different angle, very true. Does that invalidate blogging as personal expression for us? (Could we ever write and talk this way in published print?)

I shouldn't have said "we," or should have made it clearer what "we" I was talking about. Some long-term bloggers (not all writers by trade, either) have peaked and ebbed, have gotten tired. It's an observation that seems true. It doesn't mean some haven't gotten tired, or perhaps never will. Time will tell.

Lynne

Well, my goodness, I don't like to seem unkind, but you certainly aren't being very clear in the post. You spent the first third talking about your writer friend's problems with 'content for free' and referenced a post titled "Is blogging making you poor?" So it's not illogical for a person to get the impression you are confusing your career with your blog.
And what is all this nonsense about Ann Althouse, for Pete's sake? If Ann Althouse jumped off a cliff, would you jump off a cliff, too? Why do you need a leader to follow? Decide what *you* want to do and just do it. If you think blogging is on it's way out and that bothers you, just stop. Then take it back up again if you change your mind.
So what?
And as far as shutting up goes, my point is that blogging has allowed all kinds of people to skip the gatekeepers altogether- editors and whatnot can now see all kinds of work that would have been unknown to them just a few years ago. Personally, I think that's all good.

amba

blogging has allowed all kinds of people to skip the gatekeepers altogether- editors and whatnot can now see all kinds of work that would have been unknown to them just a few years ago. Personally, I think that's all good.

I literally could not agree more.

As for Althouse, she's not a leader, she just has powerful gravitation in her area of the blogosphere. As a large body she both reflects and influences "what's going on." There are a large number of people (I'm not one) for whom her comments section is a major social and intellectual gathering place. A major change in her status is therefore a significant change in those people's lives. Coincidentally or not, around the same time she fell in love and became palpably less engrossed in blogging, I was having trouble continuing to do what felt like the same thing. The more personal or emotional dimensions of it I would only share in a private e-mail.

Anyway, I haven't stopped blogging but have shifted some of the responsibility for keeping it going (at Ambiance) to my own community of commenters, many of whom are more than my peers as writers, professional or not. This feels wonderful to me.

joared

I hope you aren't "all blogged out" as I enjoy periodically visiting here to read your latest topic.

I think technology will "shake down" over time. We'll each choose what type we prefer. We may will embrace the whole variety, selectively choosing to communicate using different methods based on the content we want to express, or with whom we want to have contact. Maybe it will depend on how much time at our disposal, or simply how we feel at the time.

amba

Dear Joared, thank you for coming by. I'm feeling guilty for having yanked the welcome mat out from under kind visitors' feet. I'm going through a change of phase, I guess. Blogging at that other place feels "new" to me and though I myself am probably just doing the same old thing (though some of my co-bloggers definitely are doing something new), I have the illusion that it's different. Humor me.

I think you make an excellent point about technology. The more different ways and media there are, the more any given individual will be able to find a good fit. I know people who swear by Facebook, and others who have found their metiér on Twitter.

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