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Jack Baty

A weblog by Jack Baty

Nobody’s Version of Dumb

Sherri Spelic, reacting to a tweet by George Siemens:

I, for one, came because I was looking for others who could help me grow. I was in the market for good writing and good people and I found them. The longer I stayed and the more I engaged, good people found me. Good writing – I mean, strong, critical, robust and also sensitive writing walked right up to me and said, “Hi!” I got involved. I created adjoining spaces and fashioned a new home to welcome some of that rich writing. And I found art, humor, compassion, support, care, and (*praise hands*) Black Twitter. My life has been tremendously enlivened and broadened through my social media connections. I am a smart person who is more open, more aware, more vocal and more critical due to my connections via social media.

I believe that twitter does make some of us dumber. I also find that it can be a wonderful place to discover and interact with intelligent, funny, productive people that I would never have known otherwise. I learn a great deal on Twitter. I laugh, a lot. I swear in anger and frustration. I click things that take me to amazing places.

Things become what you make of them.

I just want everyone to start blogging again

Would you all please just start a blog? I don’t care which platform you choose. Pick one and publish. Cross-post or don’t. Implement Webmentions or don’t. Allow comments or don’t. Tweak the design to within an inch of its life or don’t. Publish long posts or short, it doesn’t matter.

Just please write stuff and publish it and provide an RSS/Atom/JSON feed so I can easily keep up with it. It’s pretty easy.

I shouldn’t need Twitter or Facebook for this stuff.

 

Decline and return of indie blogs – Manton Reece

Manton Reece:

The solution isn’t fewer link blogs, but more of them. By taking microblogging back from Twitter, we create a natural place for traditional blogs to grow. Indie microblogging is the gateway drug for long-form content.

I’d love for this to be true, but I wonder if it is. If short-form blogging was the gateway drug to long-form blogging, wouldn’t Twitter have already lead the way? I’m rooting for the Indieweb, but not sure we’ll ever be able to pull ourselves out of the situation we’ve created.

(The irony of this being a link post isn’t lost on me)

I’m no longer cross-posting

I’m beginning to feel like cross-posting everywhere is rude to readers in many cases. Who wants to see the same content everywhere they turn? My followers on Twitter and Facebook don’t overlap much, so most people see my stuff only once.

On the other hand, the type of content that is useful differs on each platform, so sending everything everywhere may not be wanted.

Plus, does everything that comes out of my head really need to be seen by everyone, automatically? I don’t think so. I should probably just get over myself and hand-post only the things I think might be welcome or that I’m particularly fond of, in a format suitable to each platform.