Saturday, January 7, 2012

Locating Important Info - Amanda (4)


It's wonderful to see how vibrant and active this blog is at present with the current edition starting off.
When this post goes up, we will have seven posts in seven days!

So I wondered whether it might be a good idea to copy and paste posts where key decisions are made onto the Edition Four page for easier reference?

So you can see how this looks, I've gone ahead and done it for the colophon post. If anyone can think of  a reason why it's not a good idea, please speak up - I won't be offended! I just remember trawling through numerous posts labelled "colophon" for the last edition until I found exactly what I was after!

17 comments:

dinahmow said...

Thank you, Amanda.I have a desktop folder for my related bits and pieces, but this is , as you say, a neat way to refer to things.And if something occurs to any one of us, we can post it here and it will always be found quickly.

AES said...

I think it is a great idea to have everything related to the edition in one spot. As a newbie, I started a Pinterest baord for all the info that I didn't want to lose track of - http://pinterest.com/blogipher/book-binding-dreams/

It helped me feel a bit less overwhelmed to know that I could easily go back and reread :)

Amy, group 7

ronnie said...

damn good point amanda - I had the same thing happen during each edition - there I was trawling through past posts to find the info I was after - like colophon details, and even the text (I can't remember how many times I went back in time to locate the 'paper wrestling' text!)

perhaps whilst the project is operating, the 'edition four' page could be used (as you have shown)... THEN as the edition is finalised, the colophon info is exchanged for pics of finished works etc. (as we have for the pages devoted to edition one, two and three) ...... whatcha think?

Amanda said...

Yes a photo of the entire completed edition is a good finishing "punkt".

Helen M said...

Thanks Amanda - great idea to put it there where we can easily find and refer to important details.

Fiona Dempster said...

Excellent plan Amanda - like others I have copied separately to my own folders; but this is an elegant solution; and I like the idea of the gallery once complete.

Barbara Simler said...

Oh, yes, this sounds like a great idea -- I've been doing some trawling, too. Thanks for thinking of it.

Abigail Thomas said...

Excellent idea

jac said...

good idea. It also means if anyone misses anything important first time round they'll probably pick it up from here

Angela said...

I think its good to have key information in here but worry it might get a bit cluttered if we keep adding stuff.

I added the 'Search this blog' widget. It works quite well and if you search for 'colophon'it brings up all the posts.

Amy - that pin board looks great. Thanks for sharing this. I will have to look into that.

I have mentioned this before when we were a smaller group. How do people feel about a Google group that is not Public? We could put all the admin / nuts & bolts mundane stuff in there. I think a Google Group would be easier to keep track of than emails because it keeps everything in headings/topics/posts.

http://groups.google.com/intl/en/googlegroups/tour3/index.html

Or is it just one Web App too many?? Another thing to log in to?

ronnie said...

I love the idea of google groups for admin angela - but I'd feel a bit weighed down my yet another 'something' to have to check/learn/fiddle with (I'm basically lazy obviously!)

Anna Mavromatis said...

The necessary details relating to the current edition posted on Edition Four page is a perfect, simple and super easy to access solution!!!

Sara Bowen said...

I don't want to sway the argument because it's not up to me to decide, but I must admit I don't use Google groups and I'm not sure I want to... but my husband will tell you I'm a complete Luddite and that the above statement is yet another example of my Stone Age attitude to technology. It may be a very good thing for the BAO community (I just have a small inward groan about learning something else, basically because I've not used Google groups before - and because I don't like omnipotent technology companies!), so if a majority want to use it, great!

Angela said...

I agree with Ronnie and Sara. Just a few things worth noting. If you've already got a Blogger/Gmail account its not a separate sign in. As regards 'learning' its very straightforward and basic. Its just like a message board nothing too complex. I've used it before for an Etsy Group.

However, I am also conscious of things getting very confusing and people not knowing where they should post things. Just thought it would be useful for mundane stuff that shouldn't be on the blog - stuff we use email for now.

Abigail Thomas said...

Yeah I worry that having a google group will mean that some of what we say is private, and I like that this blog is a community of participating artists and non participating artists in the public realm. It just might be that someone starts discussing something interesting on the google group which then just needs to be posted again retrospectively on here.... Just my two pennies.

dinahmow said...

Abigail, you've just said what I was thinking.
Being a slow, lo-tech type, frustrated at almost every turn, I shy away from adding any more bells and whistles.I think we have all the tools we need.
And, as some others have done, I've added a page (artist books) on my blog, though I shan't be posting too many details of my BAO work.

Anonymous said...

that looks wonderful!