Why I Started Microblogging

So, I’ve started to microblog. I was inspired by Alan Jacobs’ recent article, getting back to the open web via micro.blog. One of the big reasons he supports starting a microblog this way is is because he owns the content; it’s part of his own domain, his turf. And that’s appealing to me. Additionally, he (and I) can cross-post micro posts to Twitter “without stepping into the minefields of Twitter itself.” And that’s really appealing. And further, I often run across things that I’d like to share but don’t deserve their own post. Outside of Twitter, how do I share it? A microblog creates a space for that.. It becomes, in Alan Jacobs’ words, “a way for me to put everything I do online that is visually small — anything small enough not to require scrolling: quotes, links, images, audio files — in one place, and a place on my own site.”

So that’s why I started. But I wasn’t sure how I’d use my microblog when I did start, or if I’d even keep it up. 8 days in, I’ve had the chance to reflect on how I’musing it: what have I learned about the practice, and myself?

  • I’ve enjoyed linkblogging. When I read something, I can share the link along with a quote or reflection on how it affected me. It’s a great space to think out loud.
  • It’s become my social media home base. I don’t have Facebook or Instagram, but now I have a place to share photos. I have Twitter, but as mentioned, it lets me side-step actually being on Twitter while still sharing on the platform. These blog posts, too, appear on my micro.blog.
  • It’s a record of my thinking and reading that I can look back on. And thanks to IFTTT, it’s all backing up on my Day One journaling app, so I can see it side-by-side with my personal stuff.
  • Every day for the past four days, I’ve posted a photo to go along with the August 2020 photo challenge. I’ve had a few people compliment me on what I’ve shared. I’ve been able to do the same for others. And in a smaller community, that just seems to mean more.
  • As Austin Kleon notes, blogging is a great way to discover what you have to say. My microblog has given me a chance to have thoughts, and this longer blog has given me a space to figure out what it means–to discover what it is I have to say. In other words, my microblog is where I collect the raw materials; my blog is where I assemble them into questions and, perhaps, answers. It’s a place where I figure out what I really think.

I anticipate that my microblog will evolve, and I’ll find new purposes for it, while shedding others. But whatever it becomes, I have to say–I’ve enjoyed it so far. And perhaps that’s the most important thing. It’s a space for short reflection or ideation, coupled with a small community, all on my own domain and turf. And that’s awesome.