More than simply posting the hot new insect pic in a stream of images on tumblr
, i've started up an actual blog.
The Endless Swarm
Where i'll be doing a majority of my writing energies. LJ will probably be reduced to the very occasional post. As it is there's maybe 2 or 3 people who still post here that i read, so i'll still be a lurker, and occasional kibitzer of your thoughts.
I am unhappy with the constant fractionalization of social networks. I think this comes from my nostalgic memories of 1993 when everybody I knew was on one single UNIX network and ICB chat room. Now I have friends who don't read LJ and a couple of people who steadfastly avoid FaceBook. The same with twitter and blogs. But there's really no other way. I'd rather not shout into an empty beehive, but Facebook and Twitter and Tumblr are intended to be neither forums for lengthy discourse nor permanent searchable archives. LiveJournal is a fine archive, and is tailor-made for long-form ideas, but is a frustratingly closed system with no cogent search and a clunky format.
So for me, an actual honest-to-gato blog is the answer. That way i can rant at length about something that means more to me than science fiction, visual effects, politics, travel, fashion, food, and long walks on the beach: Insects and Art. And hopefully some of you fine folks will love or hate or nitpick what i've written, and post there.
Of course, my "open posting" setting lasted all of about 2 weeks before it was overrun with robotic spam. So now you gotta "log in" in some hopefully not too onerous fashion. Since few people have as yet posted, i have no idea if it even works. All part of having a "blog" i guess.
Now i gotta deal with the hard part. writing. Writing about "what i did today" or "what irks me at this moment", that's easy. Writing about insects and art, something i care a hell of a lot about is near-overwhelming. Hopefully i can be satisfied with some short-form posts. Right now i want to make everything a 30 page manifesto of Why This Is Awesome Dammit and that's not a good way to start! So we'll see. I know some folks on LJ are amazingly prolific (looking at you, tongodeon
) and i am always in awe how you find time to fluidly and cogently write such awesome essays. How do you do it?