Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Social Media

Well, I'm thinking about blogging again. Using words. More than just the twice a week photos I've been putting up lately. At least, I've had the impulse to blog lately, though I haven't. So far.

I've been working on the archives for a week or so. I have them all back up, but they're a mess. Photos are not linked properly, internal links 404, and external links are a disaster! Slowly but surely (I'm most of the way through 2005 as of this moment), I'm working through the first two issues while formulating a plan for the third. And I'm enjoying the review. It's making me think about writing again.

The thing is, I don't know what I want to write about, and I'm unsettled with regard to where I should put what I write. Back in the day, there was just the blog. Now we also have facebook and twitter (at the very least!) and I can't wrap my head around how I might use the three in synch with each other. Obviously, extended thoughts belong here, and lately I've been using twitter to share links and interesting web bits. Beyond that I don't know. This business of posting everything everywhere is a particularly annoying practice, so I'd like to formulate at least a loose policy of approach.

Am I over-thinking this?

11 comments:

Keera Ann Fox said...

To answer your question: Yes.

Twitter has a limit of 140 characters. Obviously not meant for stuff that may require more than one paragraph. For longer thoughts: Teh blog.

Facebook is subscription only and has sucky (and definitely not personal) interface. If you want to reach people you don't know and present a site that is definitely your personal one: Teh blog. (Also, you can archive your blog. ;-) )

Use Twitter to notify of blog updates or post links that are inspired by or will inspire in future a blog post. Ditto Facebook.

Or, here's another way to look at it: Today's newspapers have printed pages, web pages and their weekend insert that often goes in-depth into things (at least where I live) and offers a different look and feel from the regular stuff. The equivalent to a social media user would be teh blog. Is how I see it.

But yeah, I get the whole "I used to write a lot. Why don't I write a lot now? I miss it!" I'm struggling with it, too, and I am wondering why. Are the other mediums that distracting - or draining? Is all creativity used up in reading and commenting? That's both weird and disturbing and I'm not sure that's really the answer. But I do wonder.

alice said...

Yeah, ok. So, now... where did I leave my muse? (Agreed.) ;-)

Keera Ann Fox said...

Maybe we should just challenge each other. A tag-team of blog writers - you write, I write, then you write again. We've got the WW stuff, so add a proper article per week each (and if we're naughty, write more often, so forcing the other to have to write more often).

Oh, I guess it's my turn to write, then. ;-)

alice said...

It's a deal!! :-D

Keera Ann Fox said...

Oh, no, what have I done...? ;-) It'll be done later this weekend. Don't have the time now.

But I am looking forward to it! I can feel the happy anticipation of getting something down on screen!

Keera Ann Fox said...

Sorry, I lied. I got inspired and so I wrote. Tag, you're it! :-D

alice said...

LOL!! I'll have to put my thinking cap on this weekend!

alice said...

Well, I've been out of town, so my rhythm's been thrown off. Are we still playing? :-D

Keera Ann Fox said...

I hope so! I'm kind of waiting for you. :-)

alice said...

Doop! Really?!? Oy. Maybe I should post about feeling overwhelmed... ;-D

Keera Ann Fox said...

It all counts, as long as it's not just a pretty picture. ;-)