It will probably come as no surprise to those of you who know me that I think there is enormous value in blogging as a form of writing practice. It enables people to:

  • test different kinds of writing in public (or indeed private)
  • get used to writing regularly in different registers and scales
  • consider types of audiences in very particular ways
  • develop ongoing sensitisation to ideas
  • shape and question artistic practices through text-based approaches
  • develop a simple space to collect ideas, images, etc (probably the most common form of blog in relation to practice-research)

The work of Australian artist Lucas Ihlein is useful in this respect. His PhD (completed in 2010) was called Framing Everyday Experience: Blogging as Art and (as the title suggests!) it includes blogging as an art practice. Lucas is online at http://lucasihlein.net and @LucasIhlein. I’m sure he’d happily send you a copy of his PhD if…

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