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Writing & research for graphic designers
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In writing his Burning Settlers
Cabin blog, Sean Adams
locates informational and
ecclectic visuals to illustrate
his routinely short posts.
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section 2
surveying the diciplines
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Why do you blog?
I blog for three reasons: one, to work through and test out theories or
concepts that I’m wrestling with in my “official” stories (“official” meaning
the ones I get paid to write); two, I use my blog as a way to promote events
and other real-life happenings that I’m either speaking at or helping to
organize; three, I write to share little snippets of the world that I encounter
and I want to pass along because they’re beautiful, or funny, or poignant, or
weird. There’s definitely plenty of weird on my blog.
Do you prefer blogging to other forms of writing?
Besides tweeting, if you can count that as a form of writing, it’s absolutely
my favorite. There are many (many) merits to writing for print publications,
of course. But there’s nothing better than hitting Publish, dropping the
link onto Facebook and Twitter, and watching the story find its way into
the world. I love the instant reaction I get from my readers, and how they
express delight or disappointment for my story. And I love watching the
trail it leaves as it gets passed along from one person to another. It’s pretty
amazing that writers can track all that now.
Why do you call your blog
A Walker in LA
?
Believe it or not, my blog has been recently renamed. I started it with
the name Gelatobaby when I launched it, which was supposed to serve as a
reminder of an incredible trip to Italy that jumpstarted my writing career.
But over the years I went through many personal changes: getting rid of my
car, walking more, shifting toward being interested in cities and transpor-
tation—and all of those found their way onto the blog. In a way, the blog
opened up a whole new world of writing for me. So I wanted to come up
with a new name that fit the writer I am today. Plus, since my last name is
Walker, I now have some powerful brand synergy!
What prompts an idea for
A Walker in LA
?
I started my blog to explore ideas that I didn’t get paid to write. Most
often, a post comes from something I see on the streets while walking in
Los Angeles. What usually happens is I see something out in the urban
there’s nothing better than hitting Publish, dropping the
link onto Facebook and Twitter, and watching the story find
its way into the world.
Alissa Walker Talks about Her Favorite Form of Writing
Alissa Walker is a writer and USC Annenberg Getty Arts Journalism Fellow.
environment, snap a photo with my iPhone, come home, and stare at the
photo and wonder, “Now, why is that?”
Does your approach to writing change in the blog format?
I have a special blog voice that is far more accessible and conversational
(and dare I say funny?) than my other writings. I feel like I can really be
myself on my own blog. I can play around with language, I can make
inappropriate jokes—I can take risks here because it’s my place.
Do you believe the blog form will lead to something else?
So many people are already saying that the blog is dead; that Tumblr and
Twitter and whatever else have killed it. But I don’t see blogging going
anywhere. I still stumble across the most wonderful stories by writers I’ve
never heard of before. What I’d like to see is a system for paying for great
stories, maybe like Amazon’s Kindle Single program or like iTunes, where
you could sell your best work for a dollar. I’d like to be able to make money
on my own blogging, but I feel like selling advertising isn’t right for me.
PART SEVEN : BLOG
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