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’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.
Thanks for listening.