When I just started blogging, a traditional blogging platform was the only way to put something online. This was before Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and all the other new technologies and platforms.
Now, these different platforms are most effectively divided for different uses. There is no need to post one-liners, quotes, linkfests, or single videos on a blog when there are platforms better suited for this. The good ole’ blog can now remain the place for posting longer stuff, usually thoughtful essays.
I do longform “macro-blogging” here and a few other places (most recently on Scientific American’s Observations blog and Guest Blog).
I do “micro-blogging” on Twitter, FriendFeed and Facebook.
But I never did “meso-blogging“.
I keep hearing that those places are full of people who are not found elsewhere – a potential audience. And that some sciencey types are starting to use them and find them useful.
So I decided yesterday to give these wheels a little spin around the block – no guarantee I will use this much or for long, but I think I should take a look and figure out how it all works, who is there, etc.
First, very impressionistic thoughts: Posterous is an extremely easy to use blogging platform, one to suggest to someone who is completely new to internet, web, computers, smartphones etc.
Tumblr is an updated, shiny, fancy version of LiveJournal – which is not a bad thing. Reblogging, following, making friends, etc, are a good way to blog.
Check them out and let me know what you think about those platforms, what do you advise me to do, etc.