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if it’s really him, why not?
A year and a half ago I posted an entry at Telegraph called Daily Practices, in which I linked to a blog called A Painting a Day and wrote:
One of my favorite applications of the weblogging medium is a daily practice. My first bloglike thing was a daily journal called Breathing Room that I used as a way of making sure I did at least some writing every say.
The other day, Gautam Rao, who blogs his daily paintings at Playful Painter, dropped me a note to tell me that painting blogs have caught on as a real phenomenon. His blogroll links to a number of other painters he admires.
It’s a great idea. The blog promotes the latest work and the painters seem to be able to sell their paintings fairly readily directly through the blog. I guess this is the equivalent of other indie forms of media creation where the artist has direct control over the marketing and distribution of his or her own work.
I’m glad to see the idea spreading.
Despite the first flush of support when Jason Kottke announced his plan to make his blog his full time job, News.com reports that Full-time blogger Kottke throws in the towel.
Sorry to hear it.
No doubt Jason will continue to make an excellent blog the way most of us do it, in our copious free time.