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Kistaro Windrider, Reptillian Situation Assessor

Unfortunately, I Really Am That Nerdy

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Communication, abbreviated
Something that Facebook and Twitter have in common: they are short form by force. They are vaguely blog-like services with very short character limits. Also, they are wildly and rampantly popular.

Part of why I don't post here enough is that it feels like I need to offer a lot of content to do so. That's time consuming, and often difficult, and it thus often doesn't work out.

I suppose this is the advantage of such media; low-content, brief factoids lend themselves both to reading without a lot of attention or comprehension invested, and composing them is no more difficult. Our culture has become dangerously multitasking-centric, so I suppose it's a natural consequence.

I've migrated to DreamWidth. The original post is at http://kistaro.dreamwidth.org/473292.html. View comment count unavailable comments at http://kistaro.dreamwidth.org/473292.html#comments; go ahead and use OpenID to post your own, or you can comment here.

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Rands has also mused on this topic at great length on Twitter (multiple tweets, 'natch), which caused him to compile a series of vignettes in his blog. From one of his more recent ones:

The name is Rands. It’s not my real name; it’s a leftover from the mid-90s when everyone was still freaked out about typing their real name into the computer, let alone the Internet.

A quick scan of my Twitter stream reveals that apparently real names have replaced nicknames as a means of identification, but this doesn’t change the fact that never in our history have we known more people less.

We spend the day swimming in the 10% of the information that others have deliberately chosen to share with us and while it is overwhelming in volume, it’s only so because there are so many people… who are actually sharing very little.

Ignoring his observation that real names have replaced pseudonyms (a point I'd like to make at some later point about otherkin identification, and the fact our chosen names are more real than our given ones), his observation that we're seeing less from more people appears to be correct.

It is very difficult for me to keep up with the 352 people I follow on Twitter, on top of the 80 I follow on just LiveJournal alone, and as a result, I aggressively filter. I also acknowledge the fact that my voice is very often lost in the stream of voices, and try to only chime in when what I have to say is unique and timely. I need to get better at it, honestly.

That said, I'm confused by your observation that you need to "offer a lot of content" to post here and are saddened, somehow, that you post here less than your perceived optimum. Focused articles do indeed take time, but this does not preclude you from posting short, pithy journal updates or compilations of thoughts from your daily grind. It adds more noise, but then, so does a Twitter feed.

The real problem is that blogging platforms like these are not geared for social media, despite LiveJournal's desperate attempts to appeal to that audience. In which it's worth acknowledging that sometimes a journal post is not the right tool for the job, and a different platform is more optimal for your purposes.

Rands' strategy for journaling, by the way, is to patch together his tweets, pastiche style, into longer focused articles. Given a 20:1 tweet-to-blog ratio for someone that tweets sparsely, there's no shame in having more tweets than focused journal posts. It simply illustrates that small, unconnected ideas are easier to hammer out than focused reveries tying everything together.

As an aside, I think I shall return to commenting here. Dreamwidth has done an excellent job of making LiveJournal a more effective hub for discussion, and with much of your audience existing here, I have witheringly little incentive to keep replying to the original entry.

A meta-observation of my writing style, by the way: my coherency between ideas greatly deteriorates when I'm in a lower energy state, as now. There are a lot of things I'd like to change to make this read more clearly, but I think it should remain -- both because I'm tired, and as a testament for later deconstruction.

I'll try to be a bit more coherent in any further replies. Which is to say, pitch the food I had for dinner, because it once again didn't work well with my metabolic issues.

Your comment was still enough coherent to my frenchy eyes. XD; There are so many words that I'm not used to read. It's educative. ^'===='^

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