Ideas of March

» 15 March 2011 » In Beer, Me, Opinion, PHP, Tech »

I miss blogging and the conversations that used to go with it. My friend Chris Shiflett probably feels the same way, because he is trying to start a blog revival with his Ideas of March post.

I used to blog much more actively, but with Twitter gaining momentum in early 2008 I found it easier to fire off a quick thought, observation, funny link, or another short piece there rather than put it on my blog. It helped building up an audience on Twitter was much faster due to the one-click nature of creating relationships and keeping track of content. I feel that the problem of doing the same for blog conversations has not yet been solved, despite services like Disqus.

Still, I think regular blogs are still relevant and valuable, because they do what the microblogging services cannot. Here are a few reasons why I like blogs:

  • Blog posts usually present a more complete and rounded point of view rather than a quip.
  • Blog posts require time to research, ruminate on, and rewrite before publishing, which leads to higher quality content.
  • They are indexed by a real search engines (Google), rather than the half-baked solution Twitter uses that cannot search more than 2 weeks in the past.
  • Posts can be saved to Instapaper or a similar service.

I want to get back to blogging, but a couple of things are slowing me down. Most of the things that I like to blog about fit into 3 broad areas: tech stuff — coding, architecture, interesting problems and solutions to them, etc; opinion pieces on various topics; and food & drink. So far I have been mixing them all in one blog, because I am not sure if it’s worth breaking out each one into a separate blog on the main site or even into a different site. I would be really interested to know if people mind reading mixed content like that or if they prefer more compartmentalized approach. I also want a better design for my blog, because I don’t feel that the current one allows me to present richer content well, like embedding photos, videos, code samples, and so on. Hopefully, I can find a designer who can help me with that.

In the end, really, it’s all about overcoming inertia and actually writing posts rather than just thinking about them. So I promise to write at least 2 blog posts before the end of March and resolve the abovementioned issues soon to help me blog more.

The blogs are dead. Long live the blogs.

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4 Comments on "Ideas of March"

  1. andrei
    Elizabeth M Smith
    16/03/2011 at 5:02 am Permalink

    I rather like mixed content, but I also really like blogs that make use of the old fashioned “categories” (a pity they seem to be going out of style… tags are nice for some things but not the same) – any blog worth its salt should let you subscribe to a feed of a category anyway which would let you have your mixed content and not alienate people who only care about one or more categories of content.

  2. andrei
    Mark Essel
    25/03/2011 at 7:06 am Permalink

    I try and blog daily for all the reasons you mention here. I find it’s like dumping my memory’s cache before beginning each day. I’m strongly considering moving from wordpress to jekyll, and potentially my own fork. Curious to see what blog system you end up choosing. If I do leave wordpress I’ll miss all the incredible plugins folks contribute.

  3. andrei
    Devon Sutton
    07/02/2013 at 7:03 pm Permalink

    They loved jumping on the ruby hate bandwagon when twitter was going through it’s difficulties. Little bo beep has been quite silent since.

  4. andrei
    Goldinger
    14/10/2014 at 9:10 am Permalink

    I am genuinely grateful to the holder of this website who has shared this enormous piece of writing at at this time.

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