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websites with user generated contentHave you ever just been in the mood to create something? It could be a drawing or painting, music or film, or even a blog or website. You know, art. If you’re like me then chances are you like to create things, especially when you were younger. I definitely drew a lot more pictures and painted a lot more paintings back then than I do now, which is the case for many of us.

But what do you do now when the creative mood strikes you? In this article, I’ll show you four awesome blogs that feature original content, so whether you’re feeling creative, seeking inspiration, or  just looking for something cool to check out, I’ve got you covered.

1. Defaced

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Since I’ve moved to New York City, I’ve seen a lot of art, and I don’t just mean paintings in museums. Some of the most creative things throughout the city are illegal works and defacements, like graffiti and writing on signs or walls. Properly placed mustaches seem to be a theme around here, too.

Anyway, Defaced is a blog “all about rejoicing in spotting things that have been drawn on, torn apart, covered in stickers, or just plain sullied.” It’s a photo blog of “people ruining other people’s stuff cuz it’s funny”.

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Photo blogs are often entertaining, and this one is no different. You can view the creative – and often hilarious – things that people have made throughout the cities of the world, and even add things to the blog that you’ve seen yourself.

See a great defacement when you’re on the go? They have an address on the site where you can email a photo of the piece, as well as a submission page where you can upload it yourself.

On the Submit page, you can choose a file to upload and add an optional caption and tags if you like. There are only two terms you have to agree to – that the work is something you have permission to submit and that the site is free to distribute the content.

2. EatSleepDraw

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To view more traditional art, check out EatSleepDraw. This blog is similar to Defaced in form and function but it differs in taste and subject matter. Essentially, it’s an online art community where content is submitted by contributors and fans of the site, and everything that’s posted is 100% original.

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They don’t post photography, but just about everything else is fair game. Submissions can be of a drawing, illustration, painting, collage, mixed media, or doodle, and if you ever have any doubts about whether or not they’ll accept your piece, just submit it anyway. They seem to be pretty lenient.

EatSleepDraw has a very active community of people who ‘like’ photos and reblog them (Tumblr features), so if you are looking for a place to gauge the popularity of your artwork you can use it for that too.

3. Film Fights

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Film Fights is another very interesting site with original creative content. The idea behind it was to create a site dedicated to short films, and form an online competition of sorts, that anyone could be a part of.

Whether you’re a professional who makes short movies in your off time, or someone who just makes films with your friends on the weekend, you can submit your video to Film Fights. They give out a title and a genre and filmmakers around the world create films based around them that go up for a public vote.

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OK, so Film Fights isn’t a blog in itself, but they do have a Tumblr blog setup where you can see all of the most recent “fights”, as well as their official blog on WordPress.

While current fights are listed on the site’s homepage, you can also check out future fights here. If you’re a fan of Film Fights, you might also like Indy Mogul.

4. Calndrs

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Calndrs is another creative community from the same guys behind EatSleepDraw and Film Fights. It’s for designers to rethink the typical calendar and create a better one for your desktop. If you’re looking for a specific way to get creative, this site’s for you.

Coincidentally, if you happen to be looking for a well-designed desktop calendar that’s visually pleasing, you’re in luck also!

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Just head over to the Submit page to read the guidelines for submission and submit your design. If yours is good enough it will be posted on the site for all to see and download, along with a link attributing the work to you.

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Conclusion

By now your creative juices should be flowing. Communities like those featured here are so interesting to me because they promote coordinated collaboration and engagement through user-submitted content. In this case, artists get to submit their designs and have them seen by visitors of the site and, in return, visitors get great content to keep them entertained. Everybody wins.

Do you know of a blog that strictly posts user-submitted/original content?

  1. Jack Cola
    December 28, 2010 at 2:05 am

    I have a site called ShareMyLife http://www.sharemylife.info. It allows people to share their life stories anonymously, so it can be a great read sometimes, and a great oppertunities to express yourself without being personally judged as no one know who you are.

    • Steve Campbell
      December 31, 2010 at 2:04 pm

      That's awesome Jack, sounds like a great concept for a site. I'll definitely check it out, thanks for sharing!

  2. Jack Cola
    December 28, 2010 at 3:05 am

    I have a site called ShareMyLife http://www.sharemylife.info. It allows people to share their life stories anonymously, so it can be a great read sometimes, and a great oppertunities to express yourself without being personally judged as no one know who you are.

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