January 31, 2018

Where to Microblog?

Where should I keep a microblog? I have gone back and forth on this since the early days of Tumblr and I’m still not sure I’ve resolved it. Pardon me while I think this through.

I define a microblog” post as something that does not need a title: short, Twitter-like bursts or snapshot images with a brief caption are perfect examples. Link posts are somewhere in between, as they benefit from a title but don’t need one.

The concern is that short, title-less posts or images will somehow clutter up my precious blog. This is of course nonsense, because my blog is nowhere near precious. And by precious I mean:

derogatory: affectedly concerned with elegant or refined behavior, language, or manners: his exaggerated, precious manner.

(This doesn’t mean it’s not priceless to me. It very much is.)

My blog has never been serious”. I don’t worry about sticking to publishing timelines or making sure I’ve thought everything through with each post. I usually don’t even edit before posting. I reserve that for the oh shit!” moments after clicking Publish”.

I like [Dave Winer][1]’s definition:

Blogging is thinking aloud into an outliner that has a Publish button on it.”

That’s more my style.

I guess I’ve found my answer, then. Microblog posts are going to remain right here at jack.baty.net for now. And I’m going to let them flow right through the home page with everything else.

I am, however, leaving microblog posts out of the main RSS feed, so if you don’t like the noise, that’s one way to filter it out.

Oh, and if you don’t have a blog or just want a microblog, please consider [Manton Reece][2]’s [Micro.blog][3] service. It’s terrific.

Thanks for listening.

[1]: http://scripting.com [2]: http://www.manton.org [3]: https://micro.blog


Previous post
Organize Your Life With Org-Mode Karl Voit: Never in my life have I seen a more beautiful piece of software that scales well from very simple note taking to the most complex
Next post
I Quit Twitter and It Feels Great — Lindsey West (NYT) [Lindsey West (NYT)][1]: I no longer feel like my brain is trapped in a centrifuge filled with swastikas and Alex Jones’s spittle. Time is finite,