Self Wright

Category: Writing

Missing blogs

The content I find online is largely crap, of the form

  • “10 ways to …”
  • “How to …”
  • or, with increasing regularity, “you should feel angry about …”

(These days I’m finding occasional success with Substack. But only occasional.)

My favorite kind of content was a bit of the rambling sort, sharing opinions on this-and-that, without really any expectations of being read at all.

Quoting from other sources, making connections, the dream of hyper-text as briefly presented in the mid-90s, some time before the end-of-the-beginning-of-the-end-of-history.

This current “mood” was brought upon by accidentally coming across a blog I read around 2005-2010, and learning that the author passed away in 2013. Time flies.

Yes, there’s a risk of getting nostalgic here, and there are forms of content (most notably video, more on which some other time), and I used to be tired of “backward-looking-ness” too, but there you have it.

I know that kind of blogging isn’t going to come back, and I miss it.

Thoughts on blogging (changes)

Status

Looking at my “online activity” for the past 5 years, I’ve been writing at:

  1. Twitter
  2. WordPress
  3. A Static Blog

Observations

  • Of these, (3) is basically dead, and is around merely as a a personal homepage for now
  • The use of WordPress consists of
    • Monthly curations
    • Periodic life updates
    • Occasional long-form “articles
    • Random one-offs
  • The use of Twitter consists of
    • Likes and re-tweets (duh)
    • Extracts (pics) from either books or online articles

Modifications

  • The static blog remains in its “homepage purgatory”; I don’t have time to migrate that content over, and I don’t have any other plans for it
  • I’ve been bringing “my whole self” to Twitter, but I might reconsider that in the current … er … environment. I’m a self-described “centrist liberal” (I think?) which has been been an un-interesting position for as long as I can remember, but which in the context of current polarizing sentiment amounts to roadkill (so maybe a new pseudonymous account? we’ll see)
  • I’ll consider hiving off a separate WordPress blog that will basically be “my own Twitter”, the same way my current one is “my own Facebook” (wait, isn’t this what Tumblr was supposed to be? Lol, plus ça change …)
  • As mentioned earlier, I’ll try out Medium again, as a “duplicate” for any long-form content

Thoughts on WordPress and Medium

I had tried out Medium earlier, perhaps three years ago. At the time, I found it redundant for what I had started doing, which is sharing the curated monthly links. WordPress was a better fit for that, and I left Medium.

Looking at my WordPress usage, I stuck to essentially posting the curated monthly collections, and life updates.

This year, I’ve been reducing my personal “barrier to post” by allowing more of a sort of “micro-blogging” to happen. For me, this is “my Facebook”; I don’t mind sharing tidbits from my life, but I want to own the content.

More recently, I’ve been challenging myself to write longer pieces, and for these I think it might be useful to give Medium a try again.

P.S. I will cross-post these longer posts on both WordPress and Medium. I don’t want to think about this sort of stuff more than a couple of times a year, so I won’t change my mind till about the middle of next year 🙂

Notebook rollover time

My Cafe Note B6 Slim from Nanami Paper filled up (second in a row!), and I recently switched to a different, larger notebook — the Seven Seas “MicroDot” A5 — from the same company (and so, the same paper!)

The two pictures above are the old one, and the two pictures below are the new one.

Powered by WordPress & Theme by Anders Norén