Note: The "Trooper" in question is not actually in the military. It's a metaphor, people.

August 11, 2008

Short Attention Span Blogging

It seems like very 5 minutes there is some new website that everyone is joining so they can connect, connect, connect to everyone they know, used to know, or might know in the future. Friendster (remember that? or Catster for that matter), MySpace (so last year), Facebook (I suspect on it's way out), Twitter (so right now, or at least it is for me since I just figured out what the hell it is). Perhaps it's because I am often looking to kill time at work, but I end up succumbing to the hype and signing up for the next big thing. Only to let it fade away a few months later. I suspect I am not alone.

But when someone explained to me that Twitter is basically just teeny, tiny little blogs (I believe they used the term "micro-blogging"), I was intrigued. As many of you know from reading my blog, I tend to go long. Sometimes loooooooong. I accept that my writing is really not web-friendly in that it doesn't cater to short attention spans, but I figure that if anyone enjoys my "voice" and what I have to say, they'll stick around and take a little time to read it. If not, I have fun writing it anyway and, as I've said before, writing (and editing) help me get a handle on what is really going on versus what my overactive, slightly paranoid mind tries to convince me is going on (see this entry if you want to know more).

Because I tend to go long, I write less frequently than I would like. It takes a lot of energy to assemble my thoughts and hopefully come up with a post that has some sort of beginning, middle and end (I was a film major so I like structured stories). And then I feel bad when too much time has passed between entries. Especially when life goes by and some entertaining little things happen along the way that probably warrant a post, but usually don't get one.

So I decided to use Twitter as a way to send you all little micro-blog updates when I feel like it. Call me lazy or whatever, but I figure it's one more distraction to keep me from working, and maybe you guys won't feel like I've abandoned the blog if I don't write for a week or two. We'll see.

So feel free to follow me on Twitter, or just come back here and check out the "Updates From the Battlefield" on the top right. God forbid we not stay connected!



Jenny, the Bloggess said...

Just followed you.

mimi of 'sexagenarian and the city' said...

enjoy your vacation.

send a bloggy postcard to your readers!


Sonny Amou said...

Hey that was fun last weekend DT. WG still owes Charlotte and I a reading.

That said, you can never go too long for me! I've had several posts go 2,000 words or more. I love that a post that's approx the lenth of an O.Henry story is considered "long." Man, the times we live in. Whillikers, gee, et cetera.