Ello Artists: How are you using Ello and what more would you want for it?
- How are you using Ello?
- How would you like to use Ello?
- Does Ello fit into your business of creating? Art, photography, music, writing, film, design, fashion ... ? How? How would you like it to?
- What kinds of nontechnical elements around Ello would you find useful? For example: publications, partnerships with printers or goods manufacturing, conferences or user meet-ups, etc.?
- What kinds of technical changes (features, capabilities, UI/UX, other...) would you find useful?
- Do you use other tools (online sites, software, vendors, ...?) in conjunction with Ello?
- Anything at all I'm missing here.
I'm inviting a broad discussion, but would like it focused principally on art/artists, how you are/could use Ello, and your needs. I'd like my wordsmithing friends to pipe down at least at first.
I've been here since the September 2014 Big Opening, and have been watching what's going on. I've also slowly realised that Ello are serious when they say that Ello is about art. Which is awesome.
I am one of those word-type people, but I'm also a fan of having images to break up long blocks of content. I think that the changes Ello have been making benefit both writers and visual (and other) artists, and one of the most awesome things would be to find ways for the words and images/sounds/video types to work together.
When I visited Ello a year ago I mentioned the idea of finding ways to help Ello creatives profit by their own work. It's an area of exceptionally strong personal interest, and I've been looking at how media creatives have made a living over the centuries, as well as how publishers and business have organised.
One thought is that Ello is, in a way, a magazine, or at least has the elements of it.
You've got people like @trentonleetiemeyer who mix photography with some absolutely soul-baring poetry (hey, Trenton, I ran into an old girlfriend of yours with good things to say).
The one post of mine that really blew up (in a good way) did so thanks to an image Kevin Anderson put together. Complex stories go much better with something visual.
And similarly, a good picture can (though not always) stand better with text -- sometimes for context, sometimes just to set it off.
I suspect that what a lot of us are looking for is simply greater exposure. A large part of that is finding and promoting good content -- written, visual, audio -- such that others can find it.
I could ramble on (and usually do), but I'd really like to hear from the artists here.
And of course, the best thing about Ello is that there are no adz!
(It's a hoe.)
@elloart @ellowrites @ellodesign @ellofashion @graphicdesign @ellomakers @ellophotography
cc: @chelsea @dcdoran (as mentioned earlier)