Wait, it’s 2012, a blog?
When I started blogging in 2003, it could be said I was a little ahead of the curve. Blogging supposedly peaked a couple of years ago. I would maintain that people are still pretty active in posting their thoughts, but are increasingly splintered about it. I look back fondly at Usenet 2, because it was the last time the internet community was pretty much in one place.
So my idea of a blog is to have a spot to corral everything else, and to be comfy when I have more than 140 characters to say (and not so off the cuff as Facebook or G+).
OMG, sounds like I want a blog when I’m being thoughtful! Ha! — Nah, that’s too hoity toity. That ain’t me, babe. I just need a place where I can crack my writing knuckles 3
And just to make sure I dont get all self-important, it’s “BuckyBits”. Yeah, I could have had “From the Desk of HRH Daniel Smith” and so on, but really now… good to stay grounded.
Do I care about any stigma for having a longform place to write, and not being content to fit into little thought-buckets for consumption by the hyper flitting net.masses getting a little fluffy social fix as they wait in line at Starbucks? Um, no, I dont give the f*** of a thousand flying squirrels! (yeah, I’m not sure what that looks like either.)
A Basic Contradiction About Me Is…
So, on one hand, I am not like the younger generations that seem to only post in little blips, nor am I akin to a scholarly & wizened academic, who would write the simplest points in endless serpentine sentences… I can be fond of going deeper (i..e. more than a paragraph).
…but I also embrace many of the short forms (Tumblr, FB, Twitter, etc.), and have a very good grasp on Social Media & Networking 4.
The contradiction really isn’t one. I’m just into “context”. Sometimes it’s little thoughts in Twitter, and other times I want to write a novel. Sometimes I want to switch off the fast pace of modern life and go take care of a lighthouse in Ireland, and other times I want to move back to NYC and live and breathe in the startup world.
Smashes a champagne bottle over the SS Volume 2!
- … or it could be that I am embarrassed about not posting for a year 😉 ↩
- hmm, how do I explain Usenet to the kids… a worldwide internet and uucp-based bbs dating back to 80’s, split up into 1000’s of very topic-specific newsgroups. A huge percentage of Usenetters could actually write more than a paragraph at a time ↩
- you know, it’s Sophia that’s “good” at cracking her knuckles. Odd kid! ↩
- …which just comes from following Tech and the Internet for 30+ years, and always finding something new to love about it… ↩