Ideas of March #ideasofmarch

The talented Chris Shiflett wrote a quick post on his blog earlier today called the Ideas of March and it’s a step towards a blogging revival. Chris raises some good points, and to be honest, he mirrors my views too (you may have noticed I’ve written more recently).

With the rise of twitter over the past couple of years, it has become so easy for anyone to get their thoughts out and amongst their friends. Twitter is great for that type of conversation, but sometimes 140 characters just isn’t enough.

I hate sending multiple tweets to say what I want to say. I also hate mssng out lttrs to try and fit everything into one tweet.

Blogging is an ideal platform for this very requirement.

So to jump start, Chris has written a post and outlined several things that he’d like us all to do.

  • Write a post called Ideas of March.
  • List some of the reasons you like blogs.
  • Pledge to blog more the rest of the month.
  • Share your thoughts on Twitter with the #ideasofmarch hashtag.

Why I Like Blogs

  • There’s more room than 140 characters
  • You’re not splitting tweets and losing context between multiple tweets
  • You’re not bastardising the English language by removing letters or grammar.
  • Posts can be easily addressable (with customisable URL’s)
  • They can be more interesting than “I’ve got peanut butter sandwiches today”
  • Comments & discussions are there, in context
  • You own your posts. If twitter closes tomorrow, what happens to your tweets?

Why I Don’t Like Blogs

There’s always a flipside

  • Discussion isn’t always prevelant. If you read a post, write a comment and then navigate away to another site, there’s no (simple) way of being informed of a reply after yours, or if anyone is starting a discussion with you in the comments.
  • It’s easy to tap out a reply to a tweet. With a blog comment, there’s more to it – more requirements & ultimately, more hassle!


I do enjoy blogs. There’s a lot more discussion & learning to be had from a blog post. The one thing that lets blogs down though (in my opinion) is the comments, or to be more specific; the hassle involved with commenting & lack of reply notification. That’s where twitter trumps with it’s @replies.

Why not join the discussion?

  1. drr | Mar 15, 02:26 PM | Permalink

    dropped in because of #ideasofmarch. One nice feature of blogs is that they get indexed, so helpful content like your ‘git commands’ post is available for git amateurs like myself…

  2. MrQwest | Mar 15, 02:35 PM | Permalink

    @drr glad you dropped by. I like the fact that they’re indexed too! Far easier to find relevant information!

  3. Kris Noble | Mar 17, 03:21 PM | Permalink

    Nice idea! I agree with your likes/dislikes – though I am thinking of adding a “subscribe to comments” option on my blog which would remove one of the “dislikes” – I’m sure there’s a way you can do it in TextPattern too…

  4. MrQwest | Mar 17, 04:06 PM | Permalink

    Cheers Kris – but that still doesn’t get to the crux of my gripe with blog comments. It’s only because I get an email that I know comments are written on my own blog.

    If I commented on a post on your blog, there would be no way other than directly visiting / subscribing to RSS to find out whether anyone else has replied.

    With twitter, a simple @reply works. The replies are found in your mentions tab. It’s easy. I wish there was a similar tool for blog comments.

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