Saturday, August 31, 2019

Happy Letter Writing Day

“The proper definition of a man is: an animal that writes letters.”- Lewis Carroll

Song of the blog:
"Wait, oh yes wait a minute Mister postman
Wait, wait Mister postman - Mister postman look and see
Is there a letter in your bag for me
I been waiting a long long time."

- Diana Ross

Today isn't just the first day of September, my birth-month - it's also kinda the start of Spring here in New Zealand - plus we have our father's day on this Sunday and to top it all of it is International Letter Writing day... Do people still write letters and if at all, would they still be writing them by hand or is are they just typed on the computer and printed out. Have emails and social media hacked so deep into the art of creating letters it's come to the point of extinction. 

I remember one of the first letters I ever wrote back when I was nine years old. It was sent to the EPPO magazine, my favourite Dutch comic magazine back in the 70s and 80s. I believe I wrote several letters and it was always exciting to get a reply, in those days done by old fashioned typewriter. Around that time I started reading Stephen King I even wrote him a letter and got a cool little reply back in the early 80s. It was also the time I had made a friend during a primary school trip and wrote letters with him for many years. Mid 80's my letter writing got even more elaborate. I still have quite a collection of letters I wrote to and from friends in Holland. The other day I got a nice message from one of my friends, she had found a box with old letters from me and send me a photo of the envelopes (her address has been obscured for privacy reasons).

Creating different envelopes became a real a real art for me back in the 80s. I would like to think that most of these little pieces of mail-art are still kept by friends in a box in their spare room or attic. I've got photo-copies of some of my creations, but it would be nice to see photos / scans of any of these little 80s treasures. With my friend Joris there were crazy mail-war battles where we created the most outrageous postal pieces of madness. One time he send me a wallpaper sized letter, that actually lived on my wall for quite a while.

Once I emigrated to New Zealand, for the first few years (before the internet took off) there were still a lot of letters to several friends - like the amazing correspondence with my fellow KABK student and artist Pepijn - but overall the level of letter writing soon started to die a slow death. These days, people share their life on social media. Photos of holidays, their family etc. But, it's not the same as the old letter in the mail. The excitement of a cool arty envelope. something you can touch - and look back at decades later. Maybe with people coming back from digital to vinyl and people giving up Netflix for books, the old retro letter writing will return to replace its digital email cousin.

SAFE the letters - write me a one today! 
Send me a cool envelope or home-made postcard:
eRiQ, PO Box 18038,
Merrilands, New Plymouth 4360
New Zealand

Friday, August 9, 2019

Happy Vlogging Day!

"Everyone will be famous for 15 minutes." - Andy Warhol

Song of the Blog:
"You're gonna be famous, you want to go far
Name up in lights, everybody knows who you are
On with the show."

- Chicago

According to, one of the best ways to celebrate this "holiday" is by uploading a simple video of yourself to your favorite social media website and use the hashtag #VlogginDay as a way to let everyone know it’s time to vlog. Funnily, the other day today to celebrate is LAZY DAY.  So, I combined the two - because I was lazy, I took a 2009 slide-show from TEN years ago and submitted it for my 10th Vlogust entry. They also mentioned how "You can also use this day to listen to your favorite vloggers and hear their stories."

A few vloggers we watch quite often are:
The Crosbys ( A wonderful family with three cute kids, one of them Claire is a singer)
Justin Scarred ( I met him back in 2008 at Disneyland, love his style of vlogging)
Disdutch (Dutch vloggers, Hous and Mike take us on our Disney and Dutch adventures)

Those are some of the channels that bring us joy on a regular basis. We also watch most of Russel Brand and a variety of uplifting videos mostly during breakfast or lunch. Personally I do watch a few comic book related channels as well. Like Michael Minneboo and the Stripvlogger (both Dutch by the way).

Since the first of August I decided to take on the challenge of VLOGUST - not to get a lot of views or to become famous. More as a challenge, to find ways to create fun little videos under 5 minutes that showcase some of the things I like. Just a fun way to familiarize myself with the software and see what can be done without having to sit in front of a camera and talk. I am not a talker.  I have 14 subscribers, probably best friends and family, so that's my audience. I hope they get some enjoyment out of them, I know I do.

Friday, August 2, 2019

To Vlog or Blog - that is the question.

"To be or not to be is not a question of compromise. 
Either you be or you don't be."
- Golda Meir

Song of the VLOG Blog:
"Baby, look at me
And tell me what you see
You ain't seen the best of me yet
Give me time
I'll make you forget the rest"

- Fame, Irene Cara

VEDA ... Vlog Every Day in August... or Vlogust.
My friend Minneboo made me aware of the concept of the challenge of vlogging every day this month. He had started doing it himself already. Not fair of course, (hahaha) -  because he is a journalist and just goes about interviewing all these cool comic book artists and has about half an hour of awesomeness to send out to the world of the interwebs! But honestly, we all have stories to tell. About our lives, hobbies, passions. There are plenty of things someone can share, something that SOMEONE will have an interest in.
Be it collecting empty chip bags (here) or the love for an animated DUCK.

I was happily celebrating 7 years of Facebook, back in 2014

The question is, what platform shall one use. Will you BLOG or VLOG, or why not both.
Michael Minneboo creates a blog each time he does a vlog, coupling the two... hand in hand, creating a symbiotic partnership between the social media. Plus heralding the whole process by announcing the new editions on the other popular digital outlets: Twitter and Instagram. I stayed away from most of the social media for a long time. It was taking up too much time and I felt like it was taken over by too much negativity. Facebook was one of the first ones I kinda gave up on. The last 5 years I haven't been that active and have cut out a lot of junk posts and ignored / deleted stuff that just doesn't appeal to me. I did befriend a lot more cartoonists and like-minded people recently, following photography groups and focusing more on the positive aspects of social media. Because after all it is just a tool, an outlet. You can go to a bookshop and be bombarded by bad writers and negative books, but it you go to the section that you enjoy, you WILL find what you want to read.

Youtube might seem like a young person's playground, but being you at heart I have embraced the visual medium of vlogging on Youtube and am going to do my best to use these cold wet winter days of August to spread some fun and joy around online. To warm up the coldness that people associate with Social Media using anything from my 50+ years of experience. So, have yourself a nice beverage (cold or hot), turn on your favourite device and head on down to my new Youtube channel for some daily entertainment. They won't be too long, on average 5 to 10 minutes, so that will give you plenty of time left over to click like and comment!
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