There are three types of blogging:
- Fast – Twitter
- Medium – Tumblr/Medium
- Slow – WordPress
Twitter is a micro-blog because you write in a succinct 140 characters or less to get your message across. Naturally, Twitter is for breaking news and conversation.
Tumblr is a bit slower then Twitter. The feed is lighter and the posts are lengthier, capable of mixing all media types: Images, videos, GIFs. Tumblr is a social network on top of a blog, but it’s more about showing inspiration rather than snarky conversation.
WordPress is a more traditional form of blogging. It allows for stories and thicker analysis. The platform is customizable but the content feels more rigid, like a news site.
As a blogger, I prefer to first write for the medium paced thinkers. Tumblr allows me to post a juicer piece like this without rambling on too much as well as a quote or photo to express myself, kind of like a pin board.
But it really doesn’t matter which format you choose. Just share what you think is interesting. Teach the world something new. Show people that you have the ability to think or synthesize other people’s thoughts. Think and create out loud. Just avoid using your blog to complain.
Here’s some more advice on blogging if you’re interested.
Just because you’re a professional photographer doesn’t make you a great iPhoneographer. Just because you’re a famous comedian doesn’t make you a great Tweeter.
Format-shifting a traditional skill set to modern technology is apparently difficult, like a tennis player trying to dominate ping pong. But it’s still mind boggling to me how a photographer with a good eye can share such shitty photos.
The iPhone has enabled amateur photographers to catch up to professionals. The same can be said about amafessional bloggers competing with best selling authors and bedroom musicians making the iTunes Charts.
Different platforms require different skills. If you’re not in tune with technology you’re likely to be replaced by someone who knows how to use it.
Creativity is boundless once you give ordinary people the same tools. The amateurs will once again be weeded out by consistency. Real professionals show up and practice their art every day. The adaptive only thrive when they commit full time.
The antidote I’ve found for this is to write for only two people. First, write for yourself, both your present self whose thinking will be clarified by distilling an idea through writing and editing, and your future self who will be able to look back on these words and be reminded of the context in which they were written.
Second, write for a single person who you have in mind as the perfect person to read what you write, almost like a letter, even if they never will, or a person who you’re sure will read it because of a connection you have to them (hi Mom!). Even on my moblog I have a frequent commenter who I’ll often keep in mind when posting a photo, curious to see her reaction.
Write for yourself and an audience of 1. The reality is there’s probably multiples of that 1 person. But who’s counting anyway?