Image: 2012 Latin Festival by Sangudo, generously made available under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) licence. Source: flickr.

 

This post is the first in a series called Sharing FM.

Blog posts can consist of nothing but words. Typically, though, they include images of some form – photographs, in-game videos, tactical diagrams, GIFs, and so on.

I’m not visually talented. Thankfully, that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate other people’s talents. And in fact I’m struck by how much of the fun involved in FM content derives from creative use of imagery.

I’d like to pay tribute here to three ways in which I see bloggers adding value.

 

Adding value

First, there’s the use of images to illustrate the story, often showing stuff that would be difficult, to say the least, to express verbally.

This often accompanies tactical analysis. A great example is FM Old Timer’s presentation of his AC Milan tactics.

A second use of images is to refresh the story-telling by varying the means. A good example is the amazingly productive Pearcey Plays FM (https://pearceyplays.com/).  I find his narrative posts always move quickly, thanks to the rapid alternation of short passages of text with the varied use of imagery.

I particularly like the way the pictures he uses add realism, notably through depicting grounds that his teams play at.

A third use is what I would call sensory delight. The artistic use of colour, shape, and movement creates a feast for the eyes.

I’ve long associated this quality with FM Grasshopper’s website (fmgrasshopper.com), especially his accounts of his Latin American saves.

And I associate it perhaps even more with FM Stag (fmstag.com), notably in the story of his La Paz save.

 

Festival?

It is perhaps significant that Grasshopper and Stag have led what seems to be a mass migration of FMers to Latin America. It would be no exaggeration – well, perhaps just a little one – to say that, collectively, these colourful evocations form a kind of Latin festival of content.

One that I celebrate.

I don’t want, in the midst of all this sunshine and creativity, to sound a somber note – but there are dark clouds in the sky, in the form of difficulties concerning the use of images. But I’ll leave that for another post, another day.

 

Published under an Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence. If you don’t know what that means or why it matters, don’t worry: subsequent posts will explain what this ‘CC’ stuff is about.

Title:             Online festival of FM content

Attribution:   Du Malone

Source:        Black Sea FM (blackseafm.com)

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