Blog it.

I’m leaving facebook, I’m going to stop using twitter and will not be using google+ to post anything.
It’s not information ownership that bothers me it’s information fragmentation. Where do I write something? I really cannot be bothered any more to think about should I tweet it? fb it? blog it? Or a combination of 2 or maybe all 3? It just makes more sense to write it here. I really don’t care about follower numbers – I wouldn’t follow me and 1 person reading this post and leaving a comment beats 100 readers and no comments

Matt started using ‘asides’ way back in 2004/5. I know this because it became the hot thing to do and I wrote a guide for people on how to do the same (the wordpress.org forums needed this) but I never got round to using them. But I’ve just used 2 asides as posts here and it works fine (for me that is) (and I don’t mean it worked as in I expected it to fail, but it worked as in I am happy with what I wrote and what it looks like. Or something like that). I get more than 140 characters, I can format it any way I want and the information stays right here. This theme – twentyeleven – also makes it easy to post an ‘aside’. Together with using Press This it becomes faster to post here too. So I’ll post less than I did on twitter probably, post more than I ever did on fb certainly and it’ll all be here and I hope better for that.

6 thoughts on “Blog it.

  1. I’ve been moving towards this more and more of late. I am actually amused by the concept, too, because it was the very fact I was blogging everything that might be tweeted or Facebooked or whatevered that kept me from joining those sites for so very long. And I’ve never fully utilized any of them because of blogging.

    1. I think my “problem” was that in years past I would just blog it or it would roll around in my mind and create a post or just drop out of my thoughts. Twitter and fb got that thought out before I considered it more. Immediacy is good but if that also scratches the blogging itch than I’m happier blogging.

  2. A personal website will always be like our digital house. Our actual home for people to visit, like our homes in the real world. It’s the place where we can post really long wordy items; or any mix of media we want.
    As for twitter – well, what ever was the point? It serves it’s purpose well for those who are on the scene somewhere; like say – protests in the Middle East as it’s happening on the street there. It’s like global text messaging, to those people around the world that are into the same things as you. But, this all it’s good for – and not really anything else.
    Facebook? – Facebook is good for keeping up with those people in the real world we actually know – but, who aren’t tech or internet savvy – like yourself. And this is all it’s good for! I can’t even stand looking at Facebook otherwise – it sucks!
    Google+ I truly love! And it’s only still in beta. it actually is a good one-stop-shop for connecting and communicating. Better than Facebook, Twitter, and forums combined. It’s not the place for long diatribes or dissertations like a personal blog – and it isn’t limited to 140 characters like Twitter; and thank God!; it doesn’t have the goddamn child-like stupid -ass games and other crap to wade through like Facebook. But, if you want, you can make post any length you like; and with any mix of media – or simply 140 characters.
    I say we keep our blogs up; dump Facebook; use Twitter during events only; and engage with folks over at Google+ on occasion.

    1. Maybe the point in twitter is that everyone else is doing it? I only joined fb because a Support ticket came in asking if we would have a “wall” at wordpress.com. I had no idea what it was so I had to join to reply. And even now I just don’t get the wall. Not that it matters from now – I won’t be going back.

      Google.. are .. I don’t like them. As for G+ if it’s work related then I might try it. I could see a ‘game’ working to meet others, or a video hangout but not for posting stuff.

      The thing is that I see these services as being an extra layer of communication which sits on top of face-to-face relationships. So if I tweet or facebook or Plus something and later that day / week I meet you we have points of reference to chat about. If though you do not meet people then that layer is very different and for me more superficial. If I am never going to meet someone but we follow each other online then I’d rather an opinion of me was built from something more substantive than a sentence or two which in my case is going to be a rant more often that not. So they have their uses but having pondered how useful they are to me I came up with ‘not useful’.

      Yes, we should reclaim our blogs by investing our time there.

  3. Maybe the point in twitter is that everyone else is doing it? I only joined fb because a Support ticket came in asking if we would have a “wall” at wordpress.com. I had no idea what it was so I had to join to reply. And even now I just don’t get the wall. Not that it matters from now – I won’t be going back.

    Google.. are .. I don’t like them. As for G+ if it’s work related then I might try it. I could see a ‘game’ working to meet others, or a video hangout but not for posting stuff.

    The thing is that I see these services as being an extra layer of communication which sits on top of face-to-face relationships. So if I tweet or facebook or Plus something and later that day / week I meet you we have points of reference to chat about. If though you do not meet people then that layer is very different and for me more superficial. If I am never going to meet someone but we follow each other online then I’d rather an opinion of me was built from something more substantive than a sentence or two which in my case is going to be a rant more often that not. So they have their uses but having pondered how useful they are to me I came up with ‘not useful’.

    Yes, we should reclaim our blogs by investing our time there.

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