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20/07/2021

2021/07/20#p1
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I suppose there's one advantage of being in the office: air conditioning. It hadn't had time to warm up outside so I won't feel the heat of the day until I leave this afternoon.

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2021/07/20#p2
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Amit expresses his dislike at posting less long form content, he describes his process as "writing with one eye on the character count" and considering "how the post is going to look in a timeline".

While I have my RSS feed linked to micro.blog, it's where most of my "comments" come from by way of webmentions, that is (at most) a secondary consideration for me. Well, it's not really a consideration at all — not directly. Micro.blog is a combination of blogging platform and RSS reader with social features that behaves like a Twitter style timeline. I like to ensure that my posts look and behave correctly when consumed via RSS; consequently, they should be okay in the micro.blog timeline but only to a point.

And this is where Amit's behaviour kicks in: anything over 280 characters is truncated and formatting/tags are stripped out. It is primarily a microblogging platform after all, albeit one that can also handle longer posts. Using it to host your blog, I suppose it's only natural to factor this in if you spend more of your time within the confines of timeline. I made the decision a while ago to not let external sites dictate how I did things on the blog, I had spent too long pandering to one service or another — micro.blog among them.

No more!

Over time, I have also found that I write less long form content but feel it's more a reflection of the way I blog now rather than due to any external influence. Writing without titles, writing in thoughts rather than posts, means that each item is only as long as it needs to be. I sometimes get a little frustrated at the dearth of longer posts as it means I'm not going in to any real depth, but then I have the muse-letter to explore things further. That doesn't mean that longer form posts don't appear on the blog, it is more a "stream of consciousness" affair. And that suits me for now.

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