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How I Blog

Wow. What a difference eight years makes on the Web! That’s how long it’s been since I last wrote about how I blog [1]. I’m still a happy (though less frequent) user of StumbleUpon [2], but I’ve abandoned Kuro5hin and MetaFilter. Enough about the past. This, of course, is my WordPress blog. I’ve been writing here for a year, and my first impression [3] was spot on. Granted, I’ve only written two “real” posts so far, but I’m a proponent of quality over quantity.

The biggest change in my blogging habits in the past eight years has been my use of the microblogging site Twitter [4]. My first tweet went out April 13, 2008. In the intervening years I’ve developed an enjoyment for the challenge of expressing a thought in 140 characters or less. I like to share links, which challenges me to promote them in 118 or less. I like to create twooshes (a tweet of exactly 140 characters). If my tweet is 131 characters, I add a space and #htwoosh. I like Twitter’s archiving feature, which allows me to preserve my own copy of all my tweets [5]. I’ve posted, on average, 3 or 4 times a day, including re-tweets.

When I want to write less formally I use Google+ [6].

I have been on Facebook since it was thefacebook.com. It’s a walled garden, so I don’t recommend it. I wouldn’t use it if all my friends were on Google+, but they’re not. But I hate Facebook. I remain engaged to be a subversive from within. I am riding the wave of its popularity so I have, not the full experience (I don’t play games and I am reluctant to click that oppressive thumbs-up button or engage with commercial pages), but at least some experience. This is what I hate most about Facebook: It has co-opted the words “friend” and “like.” It’s an inferior blog, but a blog nonetheless because, although a walled garden that requires one to log in before discovering content, I can link to “public” posts, e.g. [7]. That is no great consolation. I hate Facebook.

I write a little on Quora [8] (even a couple brief blog posts [9]) but it’s a quirky quommunity.

Many more social media sites have popped up in the past eight years. I try to maintain the list of the ones I’m most active on at [10]. I was maintaining a social media index, but a few links are broken [11].

I maintain a few QuickTopics — the “instant discussion space.” I’m still a fan. It’s preposterously easy to use.

Finally, after all these years it’s still worth pointing out that I maintain my account at Wikipedia. I joined the community the year it came online. It’s not much of a blogging tool anymore, but it’s still an ideal tool for following developments to things that can be defined as encyclopedia entries. Blogging wasn’t popular the day the Twin Towers were hit. I followed the 9/11 story at Wikipedia as it developed minute by minute (and created the first draft of the Osama bin Laden article). I have made many contributions there. I occasionally use it for that. Note that you can comment on articles (where opinion is not discouraged) — just click on the “discussion” link at the top of every Wikipedia article.

[1] purl.org/net/tbc/blog/19891.html
[2] tbc.stumbleupon.com
[3] tbc0.wordpress.com/2013/07/17/first-impressions-of-wordpress-and-how-i-use-it
[4] twitter.com/tbc0
[5] purl.org/net/tbc/tweets
[6] plus.google.com/+TimChambersUSA/posts
[7] www.facebook.com/timchambersusa/posts/10100251136746748
[8] www.quora.com/Tim-Chambers
[9] www.quora.com/Tim-Chambers/Posts
[10] about.me/tbc0
[11] timchambersusa.com/SoMe_index.html

Edited to talk a little more about WordPress and to add hyperlinks.

First Impressions of WordPress and How I Use It

As I implied in my first post, I miss Posterous. Before that, I blogged at LiveJournal (LJ) [1]. It got very spammy. I had to delete most of the comments. It’s been better lately. (In fact, I can’t remember the last time I had to delete spam, but that’s probably owing as much to my inactivity there for five years as any improvements they’ve made.) I chose WordPress (WP) because I got very good vibes here, even before I created my blog. The platform feels more modern than LJ.

Now that I’ve re-launched my blog, I see that WP has something in common with LJ: Community. Again, it’s my first impression, but it seems to me WP is more than a blogging platform. People actually reed each other’s blogs. You can see that I haven’t chosen my blogroll yet. I may never populate it. [2] And so to my WP reeders I say: Thank you! Thanks for following. Thanks for liking my posts. If I don’t click the like button on your posts, or follow you, or add you to my blogroll, please don’t take offense. I never used LJ that way. (I tried once, with a friend from work, but the friendship fizzled.)

Let me explain up front how I intend to use WP. This is where I publish writing that I want to stand out, in contrast with my Google+ (G+) or public Facebook (FB) posts. Maybe I’m not the kind of blogger you’ve encountered before, though. I write here, but I interact mostly elsewhere. I use Twitter the most of all. [3] I prefer G+ over FB, but I agree that it has earned its reputation: G+ is more geeky than FB. To prove it, I’ll add this geeky comment: G+ has a higher signal-to-noise ratio than FB. Yet I don’t spend enough time on G+, and I spend too much time on FB. I don’t check FB every day, but that’s where most of my real-life friends hang out — even my geek friends — and so that’s where I go to see what they’re up to. Come to think of it, I recommend Julie as a model of how it all works. [2] If you want to build a blogger relationship with me, write a comment, or mention or DM me on Twitter.

[1] tbc.livejournal.com
[2] Though I’ll take this opportunity to plug my friend Julie’s blog: julieoconnell.wordpress.com
[3] Follow me at twitter.com/tbc0 and tell me you found my stream via WP. If I don’t follow you back, at least I’ll tell you why. (That’s more feedback than I give most random followers.)

Rebooting my blog

I started blogging before the word was invented [1]. I liked Posterous, but Twitter shut it down. That’s the site I was using as I began to develop my writing voice more fully [3]. Since Posterous shut down, I’ve felt as if I didn’t have the right to write because I had nowhere to publish my writing. I microblog [4] more than I blog, but sometimes I want to use more than 140 characters. Today I realized I already created an account at WordPress, but I hadn’t activated my blog. I prefer tbc [5], but tbc0 matches my Twitter ID [4]. So here we are.

I like the Google results for “The Right to Write” [6]. I haven’t red Julia Cameron’s book of the same name, but I follow her on Twitter. The deal for my blog title was sealed after I skimmed William Zissner’s essay. As an added bonus, he wrote it for The American Scholar, which is a publication I admire. [7]

As for my theme. I like oranges [8],[9]. I’ve decided that as far as the Web is concerned, my favorite color is orange. If you ask me in person I might answer differently. It will at least be an answer with more texture.

P.S. The word “read” annoys me. It trips up my mind trying to decide how to pronounce it, which is why I prefer to spell the past tense “red” and the present tense “reed.” “It’s a d— poor mind that can only think of one way to spell a word.” – Andrew Jackson

Update 2014-04-05. I said my “how I blog” post was dated. I refreshed it and edited this post so it reads accurately. See [2]. I implied my theme was orange, which it was [9].

[1] web.archive.org/web/20091026163156/http://geocities.com/tbchambers/newsletr/vol1/no1.htm
[2] purl.org/net/tbc/blog/about
[3] purl.org/net/tbc/posterous
[4] twitter.com/tbc0
[5] purl.org/net/tbc/blog/28607.html
[6] www.google.com/search?q=”The+Right+to+Write”
[7] theamericanscholar.org/the-right-to-write/#.UeQagW1t65J
[8] purl.org/net/tbc/posterous/posts/2010/11/meditation-on-oranges.html
[9] Twenty Thirteen Theme