To Blog, or Not To Blog… Nah, I’d like to pass this class!

Whew! So much reading this week. If you are like me, this week has been a challenging one. Learning more about how stories are told is a lot deeper than I had imagined.

The article about hyper-linking and how digital conversations can be transformed into works of art was fascinating. When I first heard about Netflix’s idea to transform a movie into a digital narrative in a “Choose your own adventure” style called Bandersnatch I was elated! Even more so when I heard it was in the Black Mirror world. (Complete detour, but if you like that show, check out Inside No. 9, little less darkness and a bit more comedy)

Storytelling has transformed immensely during the past several decades, and I am confident that it will continue to evolve. I wanted to include a bit of information on what I and many others think is the most critical part of creative blogging and what makes the way the World Wide Web works today so intuitive. From the Hyperlink wiki, “The term “link” was coined in 1965 (or possibly 1964) by Ted Nelson at the start of Project Xanadu. Nelson had been inspired by “As We May Think“, a popular 1945 essay by Vannevar Bush.” It is incredible that so many of these ideas came to fruition, and even more amazing to me was how much the web has changed from this video!

The biggest thing that I take away from studying storytelling is that it is subjective! What I like is different from others, and in those differences is a vast sea of ideas and mountains of creativity. It is also, in many ways freeing because I know that while I may be my worst critic or that others may not find my way of storytelling to their liking, there is someone out there that has to think my style is the bee’s knees. While I’m not the next Vonnegut or Brad Mehldau, I am me!

Everytime I study!
Bonus picture of my dog =]

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