“SIEBEN” by mo mo on Flickr
As of today I’ve been doing my Lego blog, Lego Diem for seven years. That’s a lot of Lego.
Though I switch from my own blog to a Tumblr blog a few years in, I still do it the same way. I’m subscribed to Flickr’s RSS feeds for the “lego” tag and a few groups. Every morning I have between 300 and 600 pictures to scroll through. Fortunately this doesn’t take as long as it might seem.
The vast majority of pics don’t interest me in the slightest, and I zoom past them without a thought. Almost everything Star Wars gets ignored, as does a large amount of Marvel/DC superhero stuff. Everyone’s project of taking a picture of a minifig doing “wacky” things or at exotic locations is an easy pass. Very often someone will go to Disney World or the like, take three pictures of that sea serpent there, and then tag all 200 of their holiday photos as “lego”. I can always count on a bunch of pictures from wherever Nathan Sawaya’s stuff is set up, and those go by quickly as well. I have a weird bias against First Lego League stuff, and that’s always a lot of pictures, so those can be gone through quickly.
Whatever catches my eye from this stream I mark as a favorite, and it’s usually from there that the day’s Lego Diem image comes. I like cool models as much as the next guy, but I usually try to go past that. There are plenty of Lego blogs out there focusing on such stuff and I don’t like to duplicate what they’re doing. I like pictures that don’t just show the creation but the act of creation, and the role that Lego plays in our world. I love pictures of Lego tattoos and graffiti an non-Lego things that are clearly inspired by Lego.
I especially like photos that show the people who “don’t play with Lego” building things that “nobody builds any more” with the pieces Lego “no longer makes”. That is, kids of all races and genders and ages building crazy stuff out their imaginations with whatever bricks they have on hand, paying no attention to colors, “special pieces”, instructions, or box models. Several libraries have Lego clubs where they have kids building with just buckets of random bricks and it’s always delightful. As an adult fan I am constantly hearing how blah blah Lego blah blah girls blah blah no imagination et cetera and every single day I see stuff that disproves all of this.
Lego Diem doesn’t have a huge following (though it’s currently at 365, which is kind of appropriate) and sometimes I think it’s time to call it quits, but I always regain my enthusiasm. Even when I’m not building with Lego myself it’s fun every day to see this stream of creativity. It’s a nice morning routine for me.