Helloo, helloooo!! How is everyone? I’ve missed you all and missed my blog. I have been here these past few days, logging in always. I just haven’t contributed any Museworthy activity which is only due to lots of steady work. Whew, I’m a little tired!
I’d like to give everyone an update on Museworthy and alert you to some changes here and there, and throw out some ideas for which I welcome feedback. First, you may have noticed that I created a second Image Gallery page. The original one got pretty full! So all new images will go into the second gallery from now on. The first one remains, of course, for browsing and inspiration.
Next, I made some additions to my blogroll. For a few weeks I’ve been visiting and enjoying the thoughtful, intelligent blog written by Alex in Quebec, Canada. It’s called Healing Philosophy, and it’s a great place for a little Zen, a little Taoism, a little Buddhism, and overall spiritual enlightenment. All presented with sensitivity and humanity rather than sanctimony. Also, I’ve added (finally) the blog of my cousin Armen Kassabian, who is in his senior year at Clark University and handling a heavy academic work load. He blogs and ruminates about mindfulness, meditation, reiki, his travel experiences to Vietnam, Thailand, and Armenia, and publishes much of his poetry, which is one of his great passions. At the young age of 21, Armen has already seen more of the world than his 40 year-old cousin!
Stephen Quirke has moved his lovely watercolors to a new location, so I had to make that link adjustment. I’ve got you covered, Steve! Also check out Kitty’s terrific snapshots of our big city on New York Portraits, and a long overdue welcome to my friends over at Fluffytek Lastly, I’ve added one of my favorite blogs, Safari Notes. A powerful, eloquent voice from Africa, speaking about environmentalism, animals, and social unrest on the troubled continent.
Next, I’ve added the cutest little “real time” stat/traffic widget for Museworthy, another one of those things I’ve been meaning to do and have never gotten around to doing. It’s particularly embarassing since it requires all of ten seconds to complete. Anyway, it’s at the very bottom of my sidebar. The number displays the visitors currently hanging out on Museworthy, and you can click on it for more specific traffic info if you’re interested in that sort of thing.
Ok, now for the big idea. I mean BIG IDEA. Yes, so big it requires caps. And for this one I really need reader input and feedback. Are you ready?? How does a podcast sound? A Museworthy podcast?! A companion to the blog?! Good? Bad? Indifferent? This idea has been bouncing around my head for weeks now, and I think it has the potential to be something special and unique, assuming I can do it well and do it right. Trust me, readers, I would never inflict some silly, stuttering, ill-conceived, poorly planned, self-indulgent, amateurish, giggly, vocal mess upon you. If it’s not articulate, entertaining, witty, and creative, then it won’t happen.
However, I must be honest from the start. I made a test podcast in Mac’s Garage Band application, and when I played it back, my voice . . . oh god! I sounded so freaking stupid! I don’t understand. Don’t you hate hearing your voice recorded? You think, “Ugh, do I really sound like that?”. The problem is not that I have one of those shrieky, strident, irritating, nails on a chalkboard voices. You know, like Rachael Ray or Elizabeth Hasslebeck or any of those “chipmunk” TV people. No, shrieky is not my problem thank god. Rather, my voice sounded so, ugh, I don’t even know how to describe it. A little . . . stoned (I wasn’t). Or drunk (I wasn’t). Good grief! Well, now I know why no one has ever suggested I go into radio 😆 I’m going back to Garage Band and tinker around. Hopefully I can get the hang of it.
In the meantime, does anyone think a Museworthy podcast sounds somewhat engaging or appealing? Think music, art modeling stories, readings, anecdotes, and hopefully interviews with some of my friends in the art community. And best of all, if I decide to go ahead with it, a podcast will bring me closer to all of you. We can feel even more intimate with each other, and I can speak directly to everyone, my cherished friends in the blogosphere. Comments are open, guys! Yes or no on podcasting?