This week we are lucky to have guest blogger, Vanessa Blaylock, share her love of Memolane. She is the Managing Editor at iRez: The Virtual Identity Salon, and is a virtual performance artist whose work explores identity and civil rights for avatars.
I already forget how long I’ve been using Memolane! It’s been great. I thought I was signing up for the nice way they created an integrated timeline of my content across many different media, a timeline that could be shared with anyone. I discovered that while the timeline is awesome, what I really love even more is the optional daily email reminding me of what I’ve done in the past! Monday’s email might be whatever I was working on 3 months ago or 3 years ago! It’s a great experience to be reminded of past achievements, nudged to finish things that you got distracted from, and to share all of that on Twitter or Facebook with just a click.
Speaking of past events, in April 2009 I was somewhat unexpectedly invited by Esparanza Freese at Kansas State University to contribute a virtual performance artwork to their exhibition “Collecting Artists” in the virtual world of Second Life. The result, “VB01 – Girl Next Door,” was a 9 avatar performance that brought “typists” from different countries around the globe all together in a single virtual “place.”
Three years and 40 performances later, Vaneeesa Blaylock / Company recently performed “VB41 – Rock the Casbah” at Gallery Xue, another virtual exhibition space.
Along the way we’ve generated videos on YouTube, pix on Flickr, lots of Tweets and Facebook status updates, the occasional Plurk or Blogger or Tumblr post, and 667 posts at our virtual salon (blog) iRez.me.
Meanwhile that blog has evolved from myself as a single author posting performance documents to a “salon” with about a dozen principal authors and about 2 dozen guest authors. Having generated so much content on so many different platforms over the past 3 years, I was excited to hear about Memolane.
iRez recently moved those 3 years and 667 posts worth of performance works and meditations on identity and other topics to WordPress.org. One of the first things I’ve discovered with our new WP Engine site is that, yay, we can embed stuff!
What’s one of the coolest things you can embed in a blog post? You can probably guess from the title of this post that it’s a Memolane custom “lane.” A “lane” is really just a slice through your giant content repository: you might do a video one with just your Vimeo and YouTube uploads or you might do one with custom search terms or a specific date range you want to showcase. When you’re strolling my “All My Memories” Lane you can get stranded in many screens of Flickr images, so I love being able to make an “Everything except Flickr” lane, which is a nice survey of our projects and activities. And now we can embed any of these Lanes in our blog posts – you can’t beat that!
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