Words on a Wednesday…

Following on from my mutterings about 'musing' here...I thought I might muse some more... this time using the word...

'colophon'

as used in the publishing world...

  • a brief description of publication or production notes...
  • or a printers mark...

while reading about  'colophon' I came across the following

"In early printed books the colophon, when present, was a brief description of the printing and publication of the book, giving some or all of the following data: the date of publication, the place of publication/printing (sometimes including the address as well as the city name), the name(s) of the printer(s), and the name(s) of the publisher(s), if different.

Sometimes additional information, such as the name of a proof-reader or editor, or other more-or-less relevant details, might be added. The normal position for a colophon was after the explicit, at the end of the text (and often right at the end of the book, after any index or register). After around 1500 these data were often transferred to the title page, which sometimes existed in parallel with a colophon."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colophon

What register with me was the date... 'after 1500...'  so early printed books meant pre 1500... this just seemed to put a completely different take on things... here we are in 2011 thinking we need computers and all sorts of other equipment to write a book... when in fact all we actually need are the words in our heads & hearts...  the simplest means to 'write' those words down...a burnt stick (charcoal)  and piece of bark or a cave wall perhaps...

it gives you a different perspective on 'National Novel Writing Month'... where people are trying to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November...  check out the website here...  www.nanowrim.org

and 'National Blogger Month'... where people are trying to blog everyday during the month of November...

check out the blog here...http://www.blogher.com/blogher-topics/blogging-social-media/nablopomo

Some websites have 'colophons'... a good example of this can be found here...   www.webstandards.org/about/colophon/

Another website using the word 'colophon' ...  'Colophon is a gathering place for independent magazines, and the people who make, read and love them'... www.welovecolophon.com

'colophon'   a great word... maybe you might think about adding a 'colophon' to your website... I am...

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