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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!

Conclusion

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.

Comments

Comments

  • 15 Jun 2011 09:05:46

    Great post Anthony.

    I feel much the same – I came to web design from an academic background where peers held stuff close to their chest and clung to the idea that knowledge is power.

    I moved to web design and commercial competitors are freely helping all those around them with advice and information, contacts and even clients.

    There is a genuine sense of community at the moment that Is being fostered by conferences like Colly’s as well as smaller scale events like Croydon Creatives, Refresh Edinburgh, Speak the Web and the latest Insite Tours.

    At its peak our Refresh events in Edinburgh have attracted 30-40 geeks – It’s great (and humbling) to have an undercurrent of low-cost events to highlight the breadth and strength of local talent

  • 15 Jun 2011 09:13:57

    Damn straight mate, it’s an awesome community to be involved with!

    Although I did know about many designers in the days before Twitter, I think tweeting helped tremendously in moving relationships forward.

    For me it’s a fantastic ice-breaker. If you follow someone on Twitter, you get to know them pretty well before you’ve met face-to-face so when the meeting does actually happen it’s like old mates catching up. None of this “so what do you do” rubbish, just straight into interesting conversation :)

  • 15 Jun 2011 09:18:50

    Hear hear.. I could so easily have written the same post.

    The social side of the web community is what drives us forward most of all – I’m a complete bookworm but you can’t beat actually having a chat about how something works to really understand it.

  • 15 Jun 2011 11:54:46

    Interesting and well put. The very nature of the openness of the web – we can all see under the hood at the source code – has meant that there is nothing really to hide and I think it’s this that helps open things up. When we all learnt how to build web pages it would have been mainly self taught and looking at others code and I think it’s this aspect that encourages us to give back to the community. Thing is once you start giving back you get to enjoy it! Twitter certainly has opened up a world community of like minded souls. Halcyon days so enjoy it! Even an old dog like me learns so much when meeting up with others and thats why I enjoy Croydon Creatives and the other meet up I go to.

  • 15 Jun 2011 13:04:41

    I think that while we are all fiercely protective of our final designs, we are all quite happy to share the tools, methods and tricks we used to get there. It makes life easier for everyone in the industry – knowing that if he/she hits a technical brick wall someone has undoubtably already been there, found a solution and shared it online.

    I can feel confident that when thrashing out a new design with a client, even if I’m not 100% sure how to implement a part of the design I can find out later with a search engine and a few clicks. That makes me happy.

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