I’m back on my blog after two weeks of installing and playing with kubuntu linux.
The other night I was convinced that I found a meaning to all this web 2.0 publishing. So here are my thoughts on what you can use each publishing service for.
Blogging: Here is where one could post an article of medium or long length. The emphasis here is placed more on content than design. A blog is where text occupies most of the room unless you intend to have a photo blog. For photographers, services such as deviantart and flickr might be a better place to publish.
Microblogging: This can offer variuos uses. One could use this like an sms service to communicate amongst friends. It can be used for status updates – for when new blogposts have been uploaded, for travellers, or event announcements. I personally use it to post what obstacles or experiences arise during the week and also to drop in a lot of one-sentence opinions.
While I was using these two services I noticed there was a gap of information that did not qualitfy for either service. I would sometimes have something to say that was longer that 2 sentences but too short or insignificant for a blog post. I don’t wish to jam this site with every random thought so I was lucky to stumble upon tumble blogs.
Tumbleblogs (or tumble logs): – A place where you can express yourself with not so many words. Mix it up a bit by posting quotes, links, pictures, audio files, videos, or text. Definitely more laid back and the variety of options makes it more personal as you can capture many interests through these expressions. Someone who views my tumble blog would be able to know what music I like, what videos I enjoy, what objects I like to take photos of, what quotes inspire me and what I have to say when given more than 140 chars.
To sum it all up, here is my opinion on how to use each service.
Use your blog to post articles (or long opinion pieces) that may impress or interest colleagues, people in your industry, or enthusiasts on that subject matter. A bit of research before posting is always recommended. Weekly updates are adequate for this medium
Use your micro-blogging account to be updated on people who influence you. Post important updates or links that might interest the people that follow you. Various daily updates are usually the norm when used well.
Use your tumble blog to express the personal things that matter to you the most. Things such as an inspiring quote, a picture of your pet, a video or audio clip of your favourite song, any photos that you think are worth sharing. Frequency of updates for this medium is entirely personal. I post daily to always express something worth reflecting on.