Sunday, July 18th, 2010

First we had blogs. But blogs took a certain level of effort. You can’t just fire a blog off instantly, you have to go to a site, compose, edit, maybe proofread, and publish. Often requiring nothing short of a full web browser, though blogging evetnaully apps came years later. Blogs allowed people to write their own lengthy discourses in a way where people could actually subscribe (RSS, email) and read.

But then most blogs went stale. Some 90% of blogs died within a year of being started. It was too much work for most people.

Even a prolific blogger like myself often didn’t feel like waiting for the slow page refreshes of blogging. Eventually I learned how to blog using my text editor (0 load time) and submit the file using API calls (no web browser required, no waiting for a page to load). This increased my output by decreasing my effort.

Then micro-blogging came along. Micro-blogging tends to have a maximum character limit of 140 (Twitter) or 420 (Facebook status updates). The small size and ease-of-use causes people to update far more often. All of a sudden, everyone started publishing information about their lives to the internet. I once again could find out what my friends were doing, without having to ask them over and over — or remember that they exist.

Years later, it seems everyone has given up on their blogs in favor of quick micro-blogs — or they continue to blog long, length articles.

But what about the in-between?

What about those thoughts that are *just* a bit too long to go onto Twitter/Facebook?

Most blogposts I see are many paragraphs. It’s very rare to see a one-paragraph, 100 word blog post these days.


Let’s not forget that some thoughts worth expressing are longer than 420 characters, but still shorter than a page of text.

Let’s not forget these thoughts. They may be short when compared to the average blogpost, and they may be too long to tweet — but they’re probably still worth expressing.

Let’s not refuse to express a thought simply because it’s “too long to tweet” or “too short to blog”. That’s harmful. (more…)