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. 🙂