I was interested to find a paper this week from blippers Fotomatikus and EveF about Blipfoto and it's place in everyday routines, and it made me think about why I blip on a daily basis. It was particularly interesting coming just at the point when I had decided to sign up for life membership of Blipfoto.
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So why blip? I'm using this as short-hand for taking and sharing a picture each day.
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Aside from becoming a better (or at least more observant) photographer, there are two other reasons for blipping.
The first one is personal. Over the years the images, and in some cases the commentary, become a rich personal diary. If I'm asked about a particular day I will more often than not refer to the image from that day to jog my memory. The image may well tell me where in the world I was and what I was doing, but more than that the mood of the image (or words) may remind me what sort of day I was having. I've never been successful at keeping going with a traditional diary (although I do keep a travel journal when I'm away from Oxford), but an image-based journal seems to work for me.
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Blip provides a platform for sharing pictures with other people. The one image a day model keeps the playing field level. On platforms like flickr or twitter, which have no restrictions, quiet voices get flooded out. Yes, I have unfollowed people on twitter just because they tweeted too much, drowning out the other voices in the stream.
Within my Blip community there are a number of people whose images I look forward to seeing each day. Some live in interesting places, others have interesting lives and others are just good photographers. A few manage to score on all three counts. There are people I follow on Blipfoto who I've never met, but who I feel I know well, and I definitely appreciate the interaction, feedback and discussion from those who look at my photograph each day. And if someone I follow stops blipping without warning, I do worry about why.
I have no plans to give up blipping. If you’re passing, do drop in and see what I’m doing.