3.5: The Contemporary Conversation

In a society where use of technology will always be necessary and part of essential processes of our daily lives—commuting, eating, submitting work, completing work, sending greetings or condolences—it is also as easy for us to share our work and receive feedback on it. Because we can connect with family, we can also connect with friends, organisations, companies, corporations—many people who will be able to help our own portfolios of work grow, particularly if we’re talking about creative work and content creation/curation.

There is something that we often learn from receiving rejection letters. It’s that something is communicated to us, beyond the first layer of ‘Oh, I got rejected from XX Organisation’. What’s also communicated to us (hopefully) is that that in this society, it’s really easy for us to connect and show our work to other people, regardless of whether or not they see the value in it.

Rejection letters are important because they convey the message that further improvement needs to be made. Sometimes, upon request, we’ll be able to identify a little quirk that made our work fail to meet a certain standard, or that helped our work stand out. This time last year, when I was three months into the first, unrevealed, ‘pilot’ version of Carpe Bloom, I talked to people who rejected the idea of writing ‘for’ a magazine or journal. People who weren’t keen on sharing photography because they didn’t feel that the meaning at which their images were taken did not align with the meaning of our pilot magazine.

These “rejection trials” as I called them definitely helped me to refine the site, from appearance to the wording of our goal and our aim. The rejection trials also forced me to close my eyes, step back from the entire project, and ask myself if I wanted to move on with certain things. If I wanted to reach out to certain people. If I wanted to stop being comfortable and forage forward to ask for certain things and certain bits and bobbles of advice and conversation, so that a Carpe Bloom with quality and with values that contributors could stand for, would be launched in 2017.

It’s now the end of 2017. We have 29 days until the end of the year, and this year has been one full of endless trial and tribulation—precluded by the rejection trials exactly one year ago today, and prolonged by the heavy national exams and respected shifts in relationships between team members.

It’s okay—It’s okay—there is so much to learn, and in a contemporary society, I feel an immense sense of gratitude towards the ease which communications are conducted over. Communication in all its forms—dialogue, conversation, email correspondence—definitely help you gain something, help one learn something new about themselves or their work.

That’s why we’re honoured to have had the chance to converse with numerous groups of people for Issue 3.5, launching in approximately nine days. We hope that you anticipate this issue, for the conversations we have had with musicians, innovators, trail-blazers and passionate individuals will teach, and we can learn.

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