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Monday, May 19, 2008

Editing Prefection

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[EDIT: 5/19/08 - Oops. "Perfection". Shoot, now the URL for this post makes me look slightly stupid, or at least hasty.]

I feel funny about going back and editing prior posts. I don't think I should, but I do. My sculpture teacher used to say that he would continue working on pieces for years, going back to old works to tweak them just a bit. To me though, it's art anyway. How can it be "perfect"? And the artist can't ask for pieces back from people who've bought them in order to make them better.

I like thinking of art as a document, a record of the artist at the time of the piece's creation. An artifact. To "go back" and change things kind of messes with the space-time continuum or something, it seems to me. So, as I haven't gone back and worked more on old vinyl art pieces, I haven't substantively altered any past posts mainly because I want my blog to represent me as I was when I created each post.

So other than a couple spelling errors, the only changes I've made were a few additions of information meant to benefit visitors landing on pages having searched for something in my post title that I really don't talk about much in the post. Enclosed in square brackets and dated, the edits basically share what I learned about what they were searching for and give pertinent links: "Ask not what your country can do for you", "1 for the money, 2 for the show", and the "top 101 snl moments". I hope that'll send the people on their ways happier that I helped them on their quest rather than frustrated I misled them into visiting my blog.

What do you think about modifying art or blog posts or anything creative significantly after you'd called it done initially?


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