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What Should I Do WIth This Blog?

It’s been months since I’ve posted anything here. Months since I’ve felt like putting in the effort of writing something “long form” to put here. I’ve done enough of the “I’m going to refocus on my writing, I promise!” dance. The thing is, I’m writing and sharing a lot. You can see it over in the sidebar, if you’re not reading my feed. I tweet many times a day. I share and comment on and post photos and videos and all kinds of stuff (all of which gets aggregated over on FriendFeed, so I hope you’re paying attention there!).

So I’m still writing, in small chunks. Just not here. A year ago, people agonized over whether microblogging (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) was going to kill blogging. Now, we see long time bloggers like Steve Rubel (and me) moving almost exclusively to the new formats. But what does it mean for a five year old blog like this one?

I thought I’d ask you what you think. Lots of you still come to this blog, and subscribe to my feed, if my analytics are to be believed. I’d like to think that you’ve come to know me, and I’ve come to know you, at least a little. So, my blog confidants, tell me what you think.

Here are my criteria (a.k.a., random thoughts on the matter). I want to copy/archive all of my stuff in one place (like I do with my tweets now), so no abandoning my own site and moving wholesale to another platform. I own my data. I like open source solutions, like WordPress, and I’m not afraid to host something myself. I’d rather not pay for a tool, like SquareSpace, on top of what I’m already paying for hosting. This WordPress instance, which is over 5 years old and has more than 3000 posts, is getting really, really slow. I’m not averse to archiving old posts and starting fresh. I reserve the ability to write in long form again when the mood strikes me, so whatever I end up on needs to accommodate that. I’ve been running a soup.io instance on www.joshbancroft.com, which almost no one visits, so I’m thinking I might use that for something. Move there, run a lifestream there (on something other than soup.io), or here, etc.

I don’t know if I want to just start over on a new platform, radically remake this blog, give up altogether on blogging (like Rubel) and move on to other media, or what. You wait months and months for me to post something, and all you get is this lousy stream of consciousness whine from me about “I don’t know what I want to do with my life blog, help me!”. Awful, isn’t it?

But if you’re still with me, drop a comment, or a tweet, or whatever, and let me know what you think. I appreciate your opinion – we’ve been through a lot together. :-)

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10 thoughts on “What Should I Do WIth This Blog?

  1. Klint aka blath says:

    If your system is getting slow despite upgrades, yeah just archive it. No need to do a total wipe out. Redesigning infrastructure takes time. Just post/blog when you want to. Than tweet or/and what ever gets created later that shares news when ever you have an update. No worries if it’s a whimsical thought or an essay. It’s okay. At times visiting other blogs I’m actually visiting their archives. So don’t worry about us.. do what is easier on you and that doesn’t annoy your creativity. :) So keep the site, archive if you need to archive and post when you want to. :)

  2. Status quo, man- no need to apologize for the lack of long-form content. That’s what aggregators are for- when you’ve got something long-form to say, I’ll see it. I’ve never been a religious blogger, but sometimes I have things to say that won’t fit in 140 chars. Blog post!

  3. It has been a long time since you posted here and it was a long time since before that post. Your RSS feed sits on my iGoogle page and I check for changes daily. But I really listen to your tweets.

    Keep blogging when the mood for long reflection strikes, you always have something interesting to say, but continue tweeting on a regular basis as you see fit and think of that as your daily blog. What’s wrong with keeping both?

    As for the slowness and archiving need, I have no answer and not enough knowledge to have an opinion.

  4. I’m in a similar predicament to you … trying to think forward and maybe move away from traditional blogging, but not sure what to move it to … I’d love to hear what you come up with … thanks for raising the question it’s a timely one for many bloggers.

  5. Many are asking themselves this precise question. You’re blog is actually set up well for folks who want to connect with JoshB Media Inc. – that is the way you have to look at it. You are JoshB Media Inc. – having multiple formats is ok. They are not mutually exclusive imho. Use everthing. Make this the front page of JoshB Media Inc.

    As an example: SiliconANGLE has been adopted by many “expert contributors” not as a replacement but as an adjunct to their “media presence” by posting op/ed on SiliconANGLE (with cross post to their blog). Then use Twitter, FF, FB, and your blog in concert to create a coherent experience. Unfortunetly you have to architect it yourself (which you’ve done here by bringing in those feeds).

    The key to me is putting “you” in the center with your ideas, opinion,s anlaysis published in the format that makes the best sense. Longer form here, short bursts on twitter, fan aggregation on FB ..etc..

    At the end of the day you want the most ‘intimate’ users here on your site.. the numbers might not be massive but they will be targeted and relevant to you. This blog is you’re microsite for JoshB Media Inc.

    We’ve been looking at this for many months now and are keeping an eye on it.

    Great question!

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  7. Chippy says:

    Hi Josh

    Dont give all your content away to other sites! Use that micro-content to build your personal brand, history, weo or resume.
    You do this by pulling back that microblogging content into your site (try not to use the javascript / iframe tools from other websites bacause google may just ignore it or credit it to someone else.) Use the lifestream pluging for wordpress which pulls other streams in and can post a daily summary. You get the advantage of using all the cool tools out there but everything is recorded under your own site. Dont kill the blog. It’s an important part of your history!
    Chippy

  8. What you need to do is write a final blog post crying about the drama and how nobody understands you. Conclude it with a statement that you’re deleting your blog because it’s just too much. “Goodbye, my internet friends, for-ev-ar!” Leave that up for a day or so, then delete the blog. A week later, undelete the blog and take down that farewell post, and get back into the drama and misunderstandings as if none of it ever happened. At least, that’s my understanding of how to delete your blog, given my limited experience with LiveJournal.

    Wait, no. Don’t do any of that.

    I follow you on Twitter and still have your blog’s RSS feed in my reader. I, myself, have gone mainly to Twitter, but I feel there are still a number of things in life that can’t quite adequately be conveyed in 140 characters. I know your blog is mainly about technology, so maybe it’s time to archive and start fresh; make technology a subset of a larger group of things to write about? It might be refreshing to open up your long-form writing to any topic, not just technical ones.

  9. Thank you all for the comments and thoughts. I appreciate it. I intend (and pretty much always have) to continue making tinyscreenfuls.com my home on the web, or, as John put it, the front page of JoshB Media Inc. :-) I want to explore some options for how to better arrange things on the page – for example, I want to keep my long form posts featured/highlighted, and not let them get pushed off the page by the small rapid stuff, but then again, my blog looks old and dead when the latest post on the front page is a couple of months old, and the other stuff is off on the sidebar, not obvious. But those are small problems. I’ve been meaning to play with the Lifestream plugin for WordPress (got any recommendations for a theme to use with it, or do I need to hack an existing one?).

    I’m happy to know that you’re still subscribed to my feed, and that even as old and dried up as my blog is, I can still get some comments and thoughts from you! :-)

  10. I still haven’t really settled into what I want to post on my blog. Mostly I want to be popular, and well liked. :)

    Random, just-thought-up suggestion: At least once a week, go through your lifefeed and twitter posts and find something that you want to write a post on. Take up to 20 minutes. When the timer rings, finish your thoughts and post. Somethings will make lots of sense to write about: GorillaPod, others, will not (109 degree weather/end of the world)

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