Thursday, August 30, 2012

More is Less? No, more is just somewhere else.

I don't know if you've noticed, but I've noticed, I blog less and less these days. My last three blog posts were food reviews, which are just not the same off-the-cuff thrilling content that I used to churn out like ice cream... Mmm, maybe I should start doing ice cream reviews!

I think I know the reason for my silence. It's that the short thinking points I used to have to invent a whole blog entry around, I can now say in just a few sentences on Facebook or Twitter! As I just said to a friend today, if you can learn whatever you need to learn in 5 seconds, why do it in 10?

The result of this is, when I have the chance to say it short and sweet, I probably won't bother saying it again long and syrupy. The more places I have in which to say things, the less I say in any single place—and my blog seems to be the place that always gets cut. Now don't get me wrong; I love blogging. Get me started and I'll be just as long-winded as I ever was!

That's why I'm thinking – just pondering, mind you – of taking all the things that I currently tweet about (for example, spinning in office chairs, or the joys of eating chocolate), and putting them back on my blog instead. Then I shall convert my Twitter into an exclusively work-related update mechanism–something that I can use to communicate with my clients and maybe occasionally say something profound and follow-worthy regarding Web design.

My Facebook is full of even more interesting story fodder—for example, my encounter with the shark in Ocean City, the tale of all the stuff I won within one lucky week in July, and the marvelously productive things I do on my Me-Time days!

I could, of course, post stuff in both places, or even use cross-posts to hype my blog to my Facebook friends (who, for the most part, probably don't know it exists), but at the same time, I kind of like knowing my blog is only ready by people who really care—and of course, the occasional random stranger. I also tend to find it annoying when I read the same thing from the same source in two or three different communication channels, and I prefer not to do the same. But maybe it's time to change my policy.

It's just something I've been thinking about. I probably won't take action for a while—at least until I roll out my website redesign, which is going slower than moles in cryo-freeze....but mainly I wanted to apologize to all my loyal readers who might not find endless cookie reviews as delectable as I do, and offer the glimmer of a brighter future.