I've been posting a lot less frequently. Part of that is being back at work and the tiredness it brings but what doesn't follow is that I have largely stopped publishing shorter posts, likes and quick replies when it would make more sense not to post longer, more thoughtful pieces that require more energy to write.

At least that's how it feels.

It's good in a way because it means that I've not been so beguiled by microblogging that I'm no longer able to write something more in depth but I miss the balance and variety.

I just don't know why my posting behaviour has changed in this way. Part of me wonders if it's some form of imposter syndrome where I feel I have no right to impose my "likes" on the world, yet I am perfectly willing to impose my thoughts. It makes no sense, it should surely be the other way around.

I have such streamlined workflows (small w) that it is so easy for me to do yet something inside resists, says don't.

I need to stop listening.

  1. Colin Walker says: #
    I actually think more about my own behaviour and how it affects me rather than how it is seen by others and so the doubt is more internally focused.
  2. Colin Walker says: #
    That last comment was actually a reply on the blog itself (and not from me) but m.b doesn’t process the microformats properly at present. @manton is aware (nudge)
  3. hjertnes says: #
    I don't consider a webmentions and comments to be the same thing. A webmention requires a little bit more effort.
  4. jordon says: #
    Thanks for posting this. It's made me realize I feel similarly. For what it's worth, I always enjoy your posts—long or short!
  5. smokey says: #
    I’ve had the opposite problem: 27 short posts and only 2 long posts so far this month. I didn’t think I had made nearly that many short posts; I only knew I wasn’t writing posts that required any sort of sustained thinking. Part of my “problem” is that I am spending time interacting with people here on Micro.blog, which does cut in to time I could be writing longer posts. On the other hand, I have been wanting to do more photo-type blogging for a long time, and 9 of those 27 short posts are photo posts (+2 more that are photo-text hybrids), so I am at least accomplishing another goal.
  6. seishonagon says: #
    that’s the point of micro.blog that makes the most sense to me - a rich flow of information that has quick eddies (micro conversations) and slower currents (long posts) I’d bet most people fall into one or the other category as producers of content but enjoy both as consumers. Which leads to my current itch - how to classify this flow of information to consume and to retrieve easily. In that sense it’s a bit like RSS.
  7. smokey says: #
    I was definitely surprised I was producing so much short-form content (on my own site, not counting replies), because I never saw myself as much of a short-form person 😮 I was nodding along in understanding and agreement until I got to
    Which leads to my current itch - how to classify this flow of information to consume and to retrieve easily.
    I don’t understand what you mean by that sentence 😕
  8. seishonagon says: #
    yeah - I wrote this before my second morning coffee. I mean that if micro.blog really takes off, it may become a bit of a information firehose, like RSS, and it may lack some tools. I didn’t pay much attention this week, and getting back to conversations that may be interesting to me is not frictionless.
  9. Colin Walker says: #
    This has always been the way of social properties. One can follow conversations from your mentions or use favourites as a bookmarking tool but, ultimately, one has to be comfortable with the fact that things move on without you and you can’t read it all.
  10. I think you're overthinking things, Colin. (And I say that highly aware of my own propensity to do the same thing. :)) Maybe you haven't had anything short to say. Just write. Whether it's short or long, often or not, keyboard or pen. Let it come when it comes, and try to enjoy it. Don't let "should" destroy that for you. P. S. You're not imposing anything on us; we've chosen to be here. :)
  11. Colin Devroe says: #
    You went back to work and I just started a new job. I think we will both return to our formal publishing efforts once we've settled.
    1. Colin Walker says: #
      There’s a lot to be said for routine and its disruption. Although that very disruption can also be a good thing. We need a shake up every now and then.

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