I've been doing a lot of my 'blogging' on Twitter
If you follow my Twitter as well as this blog, you've probably noticed that I write a lot more commentary on Twitter these days, commentary that maybe could be blog entries. I think there's a number of reasons why I've wound up doing so much on Twitter compared to here:
- It's simpler and lower-friction. I don't have to come up with an
entry title, open up my editor, and so on; I can just Tweet. My client's
'new tweet' entry bar is right there.
- It's socially accepted to be terse, casual, unrefined and so on, because
the medium itself is short. No one really expects carefully elaborated
deep thoughts in 140 characters. Whenever I write actual blog entries
here I feel the need to carefully lay out my views in paragraphs,
elaborate on things, answer possible counter-arguments, and so on.
(And if 140 characters is too short, I can string a few Tweets together.)
- It's okay to be short (indeed, it's expected). By contrast, if
I try to write a blog entry that's only a couple of sentences long it
just seems wrong; it's too short and somehow disappointing. I have an
irrational but definite feeling that blog entries should be multi
- All of this makes it faster. I'll probably spend a hundred tweets
worth of time and effort on this blog entry by the time I'm done,
and the reality of my life is that I only have so much time and
energy to write (and the lion's share of that will always go to
- And I have to be honest and confess to another reason: I suspect that I have a bigger audience on Twitter than I do here. At one level I don't care about how much of an audience I have; at another level I am conscious both of the reach to effort ratio and the fact that if I want to influence people, Twitter may be a better payoff.
In short, it's much easier to fit tweeting in around the edges of my life. I can throw a brief unrefined thought or reaction out there in a minute and be done, in contrast to the much more of various things that I put into entries here.
I do feel that I want to blog here more. I have ideas for entries, but I generally don't get around to actually writing them (or I write them very slowly). I don't have any answers, though. In part I'm writing this entry in the hopes that just writing it will encourage me to blog more.
Written on 02 October 2015.