Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Pondering the Meaning of the 'Blog 2012

Every once in a while I feel around to see what this little corner of the Internet means to me. Obviously, 2012 has been a relatively quiet one on the posting front. That's due to the real world intruding on my free time.  A change of jobs has led me into a commuting lifestyle. I don't recommend it, by the way. (It's also worth noting that I am very grateful to have a job. There are way too many that don't right now.) Until something changes on that front, my time and more importantly my mental energy will remain in short supply.
I still have a laundry list of things I would like to be working on, and a fairly hefty backlog of articles to post about. When I can get to them... is beyond my ability to predict.

I have been trying to keep at least one meaningful post a month, and I'm admitting now that it has not been happening, and won't be for the foreseeable future (which seems much shorter than in times past). I'm not finished here, not by a long shot. But it just can't be a priority for me right now.

In the meantime I am considering my "social media strategy" and wondering if this can be the hub of my internet production. The web wherein you go to someone's site has fragmented into facebook, linkedin, twitter, and others. This leads to all sorts of questions about how best to use the various venues. Does it make sense to keep up a "long-form" blog in the face of the social sites and "simpler" alternatives like tumblr? Would the stuff I usually put in my facebook statuses make sense as blog posts? Should I fragment my content for the presumptive audiences of the variety of different sites? Is posting nothing but links to a blog on the social sites bad form? Getting my pictures off facebook and onto this site would have the benefit of allowing me to retain copyright, but it would have the downside of losing most of the interaction that I get from people on that site. I'm certainly not going to move long posts to facebook, it lacks the facilities to handle it properly, but Google+ might be a candidate, if I were to go that route. Of course that puts a block around people being able to randomly discover the content (should content actually ever materialize).

Anyway, things will remain rather unfocused around these parts for a while yet. I guess it's another instance of "the more things change, the more they stay the same".

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