Tuesday

The Written Word

Since December, when I launched another blog called Make and Meaning with some friends of mine, I've not been writing any essay-type content for DudeCraft and confining myself to my little internet finds. Lately, I've been thinking I'd like to write some more pieces for DudeCraft, but I wanted to get your take first. I'd appreciate some answers in the comments, if you can spare a minute. Here's what I'm wondering:

1. How many of you read both DudeCraft and Make and Meaning?

2. Are you even interested in reading some more lengthy written pieces, or are you happy with the DudeCraft format as-is?

Any input is greatly appreciated!

Here's a link to all my pieces on Make and Meaning, in case you have no idea what I'm talking about.

24 comments:

  1. I didn't know M&M existed so followed the link. Loved it. I would like either format for DC. The depth of the M&M articles spark the brain cells & the art of DC is true eye candy.
    What ever you decide to do is fine by me. Just don't stop.
    ~C8>

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  2. I like Dudecraft just like it is...no essays required.

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  3. Hey Paul,

    I totally love your internet finds. You have a knack of coming across the most amazing and inventive stuff. I RSS the site, so when I open my email for work each day I get a little shot of creativity as well! So I agree with the comment above - don't stop what you're doing 'dude' :)

    Peter

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  4. Hey...I like your blog as is. I read Make & Meaning as well, though, so whatever essays you write (which are great!), I just read over there. :)

    Perhaps for those that don't know about Make & Meaning, when you do post an essay, you can just link to it. Like, "Here's what I found today and oh, I wrote an essay and you can find it here" type of thing?

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  5. I read both and I love both! Dudecraft is fine the way it is, but if you have an urge to tell us more, please do. These kind of "I feel I want/need to.." ideas are usually the start of something great. My advice is to just follow your instinct. It hasn't let you down yet!

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  6. !. Wasn't aware of it, will follow now.
    @. Absolutely!

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  7. I'd say you should definitely link to what you post at Make & Meaning -- I must admit I have so many blogs i like to read, sometimes i miss things!

    But don't feel like you CAN't post an occasional rant or other 'words' here on dudecraft either... as long as you keep feeding us the yummy linky goodness!

    cheers,
    dot

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  8. I have an RSS feed to dudecraft in my inbox and what I love is that I have a quick pic, a few words and always something inspiring to look at each day and forward around the internet just like real e-mail :) The philosophy of the creator is good on M+M! Craft on dude...

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  9. I think it would be fine if you did essays on Dudecraft, but at the moment I look on both M&M and Dudecraft. I do like just being able to pop onto Dudecraft and get instant inspiration and gratification. I love that M&M makes me think, but sometimes have to wait until I have time to read, or I am in the right mood. I guess I always have time for Dudecraft, but have to seek M&M out.

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  10. I didn't know about M&M but now I'll read that too. (Wish it had an email subscribe option.)

    I like DudeCraft the way it is. Like the others said, I like a quick hit of the really cool stuff you find, in my mailbox each day.

    Thanks for asking!

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  11. Awesome! Thanks, everybody. It's really hard to know how people relate to a site and it's so valuable to get that information. I truly appreciate it! Thanks.

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  12. I read both, I like the blog as is but I will continue to read if you want to change!

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  13. I am a fan of both blogs. From dudecraft, I'd like to see more of your own work from a process perspective - if not step by step, maybe some tidbits on techniques you find to be helpful, etc...of course the papercut post was great - maybe more like that? But don't make them TOO long....like someone else said, I like make and meaning, but only when I have the time and inclination to read the full essays.

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  14. I'm more likely to read an occasional essay here than by adding Make and Meaning to the blogs I follow. I would like DudeCraft either way.

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  15. Hey Paul. I didn't know about the other site until this post. I enjoy your lengthier posts here on DudeCraft, especially your thoughts on process and inspiration. How-to's are OK, but I enjoy the posts when you 'speak-from-the-heart' about the craft & make world the most. Jason

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  16. Wow. Thanks for the candid responses, everyone! This is really helpful because, after all, the blog is really about the readership and while I enjoy doing my thing, I want to make you all happy at the same time. Thanks again!

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  17. I mainly read dudecraft and I really enjoy what you post here. As an artist I am more drawn to it than I am make and meaning.. However, I plan on reading more of that too.

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  18. I had subscribed to M&M when it first launched but unsubscribed after a couple of months because the quality of the articles was spotty (not yours), and it felt like some of them were written just to fill a weekly quota. I miss your thoughtful posts, so I would like to see them in DudeCraft as well.

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  19. I think the blogs compliment each other, but neither replaces the other. I hope you continue Dude Craft, I enjoy it so much.

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  20. I love Dude Craft the way it is. Just visited Make and Meaning for the first time and read three essays. I don't think I'll visit M&M daily as I do Dude Craft though.

    You rock.

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  21. i enjoy both, for different reasons.
    i think the contrast in subject matter is appropriate.

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  22. I've missed your essays here, though I figured your essay time was largely spent on M+M. I would welcome a return of thoughtful DudeCraft posts. I've never read an article of yours that was less than awesome.
    Whatever you decide to do, both blogs will stay in my RSS feed. :)

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  23. I think what you do is an inspiration, as well as inspirational. I dig this site, making it my first stop on my daily internet route... I like M&M as well...you are a prolific blog artist..any outlet you can find to spread the word is a good outlet... keep up the good work, you are appreciated!

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