Alaska Robotics

Gallery Newsletter

Wednesday, October 3rd 2012 by Pat

Now that we have a physical space, a kick-ass gallery in downtown Juneau, we’ve launched a bi-monthly newsletter to keep people up to date on events, shows, and visiting artists.

If you’re here in Juneau, you’ll probably want to fill out our newsletter registration form.

If you don’t need more email and just want to peek in occasionally from time to time and see what we’re up to on this end of the world, I’ll be posting links to all the newsletters right here, like this…

Communications is complicated with so many options out there and…. Excuse me, a warning, if you feel like jumping ship as I digress into an explanation of our communication methods and technology, now would be a good time to stop reading.

Still here? Fool. I will now bore you with a hodgepodge of communications related stream of consciousness writing. See. Even the word communications begs you toward slumber.

The problem is getting the relevant information to the people who want it while maintaining a decent signal to noise ratio. We’re going to have a gob of local events, sales, and bus token giveaways – things no one outside Juneau will care about. Could that have been a semicolon? I never learned semicolons. Anyway.. I thought about just lumping it all into the blog and using the RSS feed like a mailing list but we worried that we’d be peppering people who are just here for the comics (which, yes, I know have been lacking lately) with a bunch of useless information. But wait… some of that information is actually interesting, like what comics we’ve been reading or when new limited print runs are coming out. Curses!

Not to mention, you’ve got Facebook over there and I’m kind of hooked on Twitter too.. Oh yeah, and Flickr… and Etsy and Bears oh my!

Ok. So here’s the hierarchy. Alaska Robotics site at the top. Everything major ends up here and most everything else points back this way. If you follow our blog, you’re going to get everything important. If you follow anything else, you’ll get send back this direction.

I really believe in artists owning a central domain and maintaining it. You’ve got to have a home no matter how slick other services might seem or else you become an internet hermit crab leaving behind hollow social networking carapaces and huge chunks of your audience with every move.

The email newsletter is more of a sidecar. Big chunks of local events and gallery noise go in there but they’ll also gets linked to or pulled out for the blog when it’s important.

The Facebook fan page for Alaska Robotics exists because gobs of people use Facebook. We actually have two pages.. someone created an extra one for us and I’ve been trying to kill it. The fan page is mostly things we’re re-posting from the newsletter or this website. It gets a little playback but I think it mostly exists for warm fuzzies… ooooh look, people like us!

If you want to keep up with daily minutiae and underwhelming micro-philosophy, find me on Twitter (@alaskarobotics). I occasionally post sketches.

We also use Flickr but not enough. I like taking and looking at pictures but I hate waiting for them to upload and I reallllly hate sorting them into albums. Twenty years ago I would have been the guy with multiple drawers of photos and undeveloped film canisters.

YouTube is where our videos live. It’s not that I don’t like Vimeo, I think it’s beautiful. It’s also just been painfully, unreliably slow for me at times and everything we’ve made is already on YouTube so why upload it again. Rhetorical questions don’t need question marks, right?

Ok. I think I feel better about how this all fits together. It’s messy but I think I understand how I’m trying to communicate with the world.

Now if I only had something to say.

4 Responses to “Gallery Newsletter”

  1. Arlo says:

    These are the reasons companies employ full-time social media managers. What a tangled mess we inhabit in the online world. I have no idea what to do with our Postcard Valet Facebook page.

    Also, no, a semicolon wouldn’t have worked for you up there. Semicolons join two complete, but closely-related sentences. Think of it this way: A semicolon can beat the crap out of a comma because it’s stronger; a period is stronger than both of them together.

    Hey, can I have a sentence with both a colon and a semicolon? Don’t answer that (it was a rhetorical question.) Yes. Yes, I can.

    Anyway, I think the em dash was the right way to go.

  2. Thea says:

    I vote yes on the em dash. Not that I’m against semicolons. There’s nothing wrong with a sentence having a semicolon once in a while. But, forty-seven percent of the semicolons in use today don’t really matter. I’m not worried about them.

  3. Marc Tompkins says:

    Hi – just discovered you this evening (thanks to the ‘Last Song on Earth’ video.)

    Wanted to say: love the comic! and: hate Vimeo.

    I get the ‘Vimeo is where REAL artists post their videos’ thing, but they’ve clamped down on buffering so much (I suspect out of fear that people were downloading the video for offline watching) that it’s virtually impossible to watch ANY Vimeo movies on the crap broadband we get down here in Los Angeles. YouTube has also limited buffering (used to be that if you hit ‘pause’ at the beginning and went to the bathroom, there’d be enough buffer that by the time you came back you could watch a 10-minute movie without interruption; now you can typically only buffer 15 to 30 seconds at a time) but at least you can pause the movie a couple of times and get through it; also, if you let the movie play while you’re out of the room you can come back and the whole thing will still be available. Vimeo has taken that away completely, and so – as a consumer of content – when I see that an artist has gone with Vimeo rather than YouTube, I write them off as self-absorbed, audience-unfriendly jackwagons.

    Again: love the comic! As I’ve clicked through your backlog, I emailed a few choice links to my friends – thank you!