Blogging types

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.


Use your blog to connect. Use it as you. Don’t ‘network’ or ‘promote.’ Just talk.

Neil Gaiman

The ability to write in the open is as liberating as it is bold. A blogger’s job is to provoke new ways of thinking and seeing the world. It’s not about being right.


Don’t Compete, Create

Competition is zero-sum. Someone always has to win, as in sports. It’s either this or that.

Creativity is non-competitive. While creatives may steal ideas from each other, they also mash up, reinterpret, and recast ideas into something completely new and personal.

In the case of business, creativity still comes first. Companies that improve lives through ingenuity get ahead. Apple develops more useful products than Dell and Microsoft, and jazzes them up with cool, outside design. The deliberate approach to think different rather than compete sparks innovation which ultimately benefits the customers.

Art is ultimately about personal expression, not competition.

I don’t think about art when I’m working. I try to think about life. – Jean-Michel Basquiat

Artists try to project their inner thoughts onto a blank canvass. They speak through their work. Getting some recognition here and there is an appreciation for their difference.

Artists rise above the competition with deviation, not increments of sameness and conformity. Don’t be afraid to show people what you got.

Politics & Society

“Don’t start nothing won’t be nothing.”

For every action there’s a reaction. But don’t provoke someone or something without clear conviction.

If you’re going to ruffle some feathers, do it because you really believe in change. And be willing to take full accountability for your actions.

Unfortunately, you’re not always going to win the fight, and certainly not in the beginning. Snowden called out the NSA for spying on the world and is barred from returning to the United States without a sentencing. Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to make a statement about segregation yet found herself in jail.

Obedience is the end of freedom. In order to grab attention, you have to be willing to stake your claim and fight. You have to say what others are afraid to discuss; otherwise, things will just keep moving along as they are.

The audacity of hope is also the audacity to provoke.

Provocation ignites a healthy debate, one that gets others thinking differently about their own everyday beliefs.

What do you believe in? Playing it safe guarantees you’ll live a life of anonymity. But if you want to be remembered you’ll start something great and get people to rally behind your cause. We’re all just puzzle pieces trying to do the right thing.


Peer Pressure

First, you reject it and then you get ridiculed. Your status as an outcast becomes a stigma for all future requests at conformity. Until you stop getting asked to join altogether.

Joining the herd sounds like a wiser idea, a temporary investment to get in the pack while maintaining your individuality, at least in your head.

It takes time to influence other people. Your style is easy to express but hard to duplicate.

The trick to blending in is to stand out even more. If you want that investment you’ll need to play by the rules to get it.

Conformity is a myth. Suck it up at first and then lead by example. The goal isn’t necessary to develop a following; the goal is to be yourself and be appreciated for being different while avoiding full exclusion.

The misfits still need to sell themselves.


Bridging the offline/online persona

What you see is what you get. I try to act offline as I do online: showing an interest in the world, creativity, and technology. The online/offline worlds should mirror each other.

Of course, it’s difficult to live up to ideal expectations. Some of us (like myself) are not as expressive in the real world as they should be.

So what’s the resistance?

The resistance is the inability and/or disbelief that anything said will actually create change. It takes a long time to get people to understand your vision even of you’re being 100% clear.

I believe we can all get better by not doing the same things, or continually tweaking something we’ve mastered. Constant change creates happiness, no matter how small.

The reality is that most things we post online are soft dreams and expressions, shortcuts. The point of setting expectations is to live up to them.

If we don’t hold ourselves accountable to goals, no one will. At the least, it’s better to evolve through failure than sit back and passively hide behind a screen.

Proceed as you are and wish to be in both physical and digital worlds.


Authenticity is its dominant contemporary expression. In a seemingly meaningless, inauthentic world awash in nonstop media reports of war, violence and inequality, we close our eyes and turn ourselves into islands. We may even say a little prayer to an obscure but benign Eastern goddess and feel some weak spiritual energy connecting everything as we listen to some tastefully selected ambient music. Authenticity, needing no reference to anything outside itself, is an evacuation of history. The power of now.

Simon Critchley