Help w/ Minimal Notifications? (Pipes?)

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http://unix.stackexchange.com – I am trying to instate a more minimally-graphic notification scenario in Arch Linux. Specifically, I've taken interest with programs such as dzen2 or conky that allow for more text-based status bars. I was wondering if it was possible to pipe notifications (as in the libnotify, "notify-send" ones) to a status bar made from programs like dzen2 and conky. I currently use Openbox and like to switch WM's in a while, so advice that is more WM-agnostic is greatly appreciated. If this question is too opinionated, a more concrete alternative would be where I can read more about status bars, or whe (HowTos)