Very sad that Marcus has left the world of blogs. He has done it before, but his final post makes it sounds pretty final. He says he's going to get on with real life.
Marcus's blog was one of the ones that kept me going. I like all of the planner-type blogs, but I don't think I look at the world the same way they do, and sometimes the intensity of their rigorous thought about brands and ads and communications does my head in.
To be honest, I prefer stuff and nonsense, and trees and odd things that you see stuck to the pavement. They're the things that make me think differently about the world.
With Marcus's stuff, you got a bit of everything - business, proper ad stuff, and then the personal and the slightly odd. The same sort of thing that you got from Paul's Life In The Middle blog, before he shut that down.
I don't know what the future of blogging holds. If the good/smart people are bailing out, maybe it is just a bit of excitement that'll soon be over. Maybe they'll gradually disappear, like Filofaxes (help me out here - I'm struggling to think of modern communication tools that have died out. CB radio?).
But I think I will keep blogging. I only ever started doing this so I'd have somewhere to write things down, before they were forgotten. And I wanted to see if anyone else was interested in the same things. So expect less rigorous thought about popular ads/brands/strategies of our time (not that you ever got that anyway), and more of the same old rubbish. Just like it says at the top.
First question – why are there so many books about how we should all lead more sustainable lives? Shouldn't rule one be "write/buy fewer books because they're made out of paper"?
And I know lots of these books are printed on recycled paper or stock from FSC sources, but still, isn't there a smarter way of telling people that you're green? If so, what is it?
Second question – do you know a good place to get cheap Polaroid film? I hear they've stopped making it and want to stock up. And I've tried eBay (they have some but the supply is a little sporadic/transatlantic). Anywhere else I should be looking?
Third question – should I put the tomato plants outside yet? This mini cold snap has go me confused.
Life's been good recently. New life is very inspiring (Violet is now five weeks old). It makes you go outside, smell the roses and not sit there reading 180 RSS feeds about packaging design.
And being outside is a good thing for a creative. Just look at the colours in that there bluebell wood. That rich spring green and those deep blue bells. Or this spooky old tree, waiting to appear on a record sleeve.
It's good to nick ideas from nature. She's been working on this stuff for ages.
The short answer is that I don't do art. Not very well at least. But I can sometimes be quite good. I go to galleries and look at stuff. When I visit big cities I dutifully go along to the places you're supposed to go to. But I'm still learning the moves. There's a stance that experienced gallery goers have. They look like they know what they're doing. I'm usually trying to work out which room's next and whether I've missed the famous one yet.
I still enjoy it though, especially when I find something that amazes me. Rich sixteenth century Italian blokes painting other Italian blokes of a similar ilk, sometimes on horses. That doesn't impress me that much (although they're better at drawing than me). But beaming Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata at the Moon via Morse code, and then collecting the reflected code and turning it back into music, give or take a few notes that got lost because they bounced into the wrong crater. Or being able to phone a glacier. That impresses me.
I was away due to the birth of my/our second child, Violet. She's pretty small and smiles when milk-drunk. Our older daughter Ruby has got a new mask (above). She thinks it's a crocodile but it is clearly a dinosaur.
Anyway, this is a baton change of a post. More searing insights coming up very soon. Just wanted to say hello, I'm back.