Something really nice happened to me at the end of summer. I opened e-mails long overdue (finally I had found myself and my iMac a corner in the new home) and saw this message:
Hi, I'm pleased to let you know that your site, Backtracking slowly forward, is Coolstop's Best of the Cool Daily Pick for 07/21/07. My review of your site appears on the main page of Coolstop (http://coolstop.com/) on 07/21/07 and is archived at http://coolstop.com/reviews/?seek=http://tittin.typepad.com/.
Thanks! Joe Jenett
Well, at first I wasn't even sure it was that nice, as I'm very sceptical of most messages with an unknown address.
But after checking it out I was speechless. Obviously Joe Jenett who wrote the review had actually read my comments about my work!
And what's more, he had totally grasped what I've been trying to convey - it could have been myself describing what I talk about. Only he did it better than I would have. Now I'm a bit ashamed that it has taken me so long to acknowledge Joe Jenett's perceptive and generous review.
I'm as curious as this guy above - I had to find out; who is Joe Jenett? I still probably don't know.
But I'm certainly glad I tried, because what I found was plenty interesting. Joe Jenett has a lot of webthings going on. It has to do with photos, with words and creativity, sharing and interaction. His own photos and words are just sublime. The more i read, the more I'm honoured that he picked my site.
He has written tons of reviews over many years. Randomly I opened links to the reviewed sites or blogs. Everyone I opened had quality and all the reviews I read were informative, decent and made me want to go to all of these sites.
He's reviewing all sorts of art sites; photo, design, painting, dance, writing and photo, photo, photo. Coolstop is what is says - now I've spent hours clicking on links in random reviews and all the stops have been cool.
Further, I found more cool projects under his name. Have look at these two:
The ageless Project - About how irrelevant age is for "the personal, creative side of the web". Read "Don To Earth" and see for yourself.
Colorspeak - To quote Joe Jenett: "We view the world through the web more than we ever have and colorspeak is an experiment to explore how we perceive and associate the colors of the so-called safe palette with words, sounds, people, emotions, and events in our own experience".
There is much more: random e-motion, dailywebthings, intersect, Jenett photo, simply personal - click and see. Oh yes, do go to "simply personal" then click "words" and then choose "the tgif series" where you find ten poems. They touched me - they scratch on my soul. It struck me how bizarre it is that a few selected words, tightly crammed, can stir up feelings of recognition - of thoughts half expressed but never nailed.
It seems I made a mistake the other day when listing seven blogs I like - there should have been eight +........