Monday, April 19, 2010

Green with Envy

I Love a Surprise • Hand Dyed Fabric • 28" x 15" • ©2010 Jennifer Libby Fay

Blog Triage Class: Lesson 5 Curing Blog Envy. Assignment: Find a blog you are envious of, analyze it, use what you learn to make your blog better.

The Year in Pictures is a “record of photography (and a few other things) that have captured the attention” of gallery owner, James Danziger. First, you have go there right now and watch the Weekend Video. Go ahead, I’ll wait.

Wasn’t that fantastic? Weekend Video is just one of the aspects of this blog that keeps me enthralled. Mostly, I love the surprising nature of its content. Yes, Danziger often manages to surprise me and I’ve been trying to figure out why. Maybe it’s because he features photographers like this, or this. Or it could be the fascinating people he knows, the places he goes, or maybe his historical commentary. In the end, it sort of doesn’t matter. If it has captured his attention—I want to know.

So here’s the envy list—
• he writes elegantly and engagingly about subjects that interest me
• I always learn something
• sometimes he makes me laugh
• I have even cried
• his personal posts are as interesting as his photography posts
• the images are outstanding
• the blog design is simple
• he writes consistently

But I think there’s something else, that je ne sais quoi factor—I can’t quite figure it out. After you spend some time over there, I would love to know your thoughts...


  1. Great site! I sent it to my son who is a photographer. Thanks for sharing! I love the blogs you recommend! The video was delightful!
    And...your blog is looking wonderful!

  2. Jennifer: Thanks for sharing that site. I couldn't take my eyes off the video and the other images on the site are equally engaging. It really is about the art.

  3. Hi Jennifer! I really enjoy your artworks...and your writing. It's taking me a while to work my way through to visit all my blog triage classmates - but I'm finding some very special blogs - and I think this one of yours is among them! I'll be back!

  4. Hi Jennifer...I have to stand beside Tracey here and echo her thoughts.
    Your work is very sensual and the textures are an inspiration to my eye...see you in class!

  5. Jennifer-
    I like your blog!
    keep it up!