Sorry for being gone so long. It’s clear I have spent too much time on social networks. Been hanging out on FriendFeed and Twitter and not blogging.
I’m not the only one, Steve Rubel, famous PR blogger, said he’s giving up his blog for lifestreaming.
Jeremiah Owyang, the other night, told me I was losing myself. Or my thought leadership or something like that. It made me wistful for good old WordPress. So, here I am.
Starting today I won’t use FriendFeed or Twitter until Saturday.
Now, my items will still show up on Twitter and FriendFeed because of RSS and automatic posting, and your comments will get posted here thanks to Disqus, even if you leave them via FriendFeed.
On Friday Rocky and I leave for London for a trip with Traveling Geeks anyway. Check out our schedule and I’d love to meet up with you in London or Cambridge.
So, it’s time to answer a bunch of email I haven’t answered. It’s time to dig out Google Reader and Feedly and rediscover blogs. It’s time to develop some helpful content here and over on Building43 (which is rocking and rolling, by the way).
Oh, if you care about blogs, go ahead and retweet this.
TechCrunch has the news tonight: Scoble to leave Fast Company.
Back in 2003 I wrote a Corporate Blogging Manifesto. Rule #13 is “don’t write if your life is in turmoil.”
It’s even harder to write when you are negotiating for stuff. But it’s really harder when you also are trying to deal with your career while continuing to do your job. This week I uploaded something like 20 videos to Fast Company TV. Whew! I am visiting as many companies as I can as quickly as I can (yesterday I saw two more, today I’m visiting another three) so that I can get a good bead on what I should build next and also to get some ideas of where to take my blog.
I’m building up quite a white board of things I’m going to do here. One thing is I’ll be moving off of WordPress.com soon to a hosted version of WordPress. That way I can really play with some of the newer plugins and widgets that I haven’t been able to use here.
Also, I’m really loving the new low-cost cameras like the Flip Mino HD, which costs about $200. Almost all of my most recent videos on Fast Company TV were shot on these low-cost cameras.
Anyway, I can’t talk about what I’m doing next yet because it’s not completely decided. I’m working on that and hope it’s in shape so we can announce something at the SXSW conference.
Oh, one thing I’ve learned over the past year, and especially this past month, is who my real friends are. Thanks to Bob Safian at Fast Company for helping guide me (I’ll still be writing a column for Fast Company thanks to him and David Lidsky, my editor). Kudos to Rocky Barbanica, who was my producer. In the past couple of weeks I’ve learned I can’t replace him by not sleeping. My editing sucks and it’s good to have someone thinking about shots, audio, and all that. Thanks to Seagate for being a dream sponsor the past two years. They did everything I asked them to do and they rarely asked me to do anything in return and they made doing hundreds of videos per year possible. Seagate deserves lots of credit for supporting the startups who always got on my show for free thanks to their sponsorship (lots of other places, like the Demo Conference, charge startups to get access to the audiences they’ve aggregated). Thanks to Brian and Julie over at Seagate for all the great support over the years we’ve been partnering together.
Well, onward, I’ll be back here more soon. Thanks!
I see a few people are talking about the death of A-list blogging. Including my blog in that as evidence.
Actually you’ll see me blogging more and social networking less. Why? Cause I’m starting to have longer thoughts again. Might have something to do with not being able to drink Diet Coke anymore due to my kidney disease.
I can’t wait for Dan Lyons to predict the death of Facebook or Twitter because I’m blogging again.
Anyway, I think Twitter is blogging. When I go back and look at my blog back in 2004, for instance, it looks a whole lot like Twitter. Short item with a link. So some of that content behavior has moved elsewhere. Big whoop.
But now that I’ve done 18,000 tweets I find I’m getting bored there and want to play around with longer blog posts again. Mostly because I find I’m having something to say.
Welcome back to the dead.
Six years ago WordPress was born, according to Matt Mullenweg who founded and runs the company that makes it, Automattic. My blog here is hosted on WordPress.com and I couldn’t be happier. I can’t wait to see what Matt does in the next six years. He has a few ideas, as he told me recently in an interview I did with him.
I’m playing with a new technique of writing that I call “interactive blogging.” What is it? Well, instead of writing a post like I’m doing here and then publishing it after I’ve finished it, I post WHILE I’m writing my ideas on a topic. I’ll start a Twitter post like, but I will post it onto friendfeed. I’ve set friendfeed to publish to Twitter, but when it does it leaves a URL at the end of the tweet back to the friendfeed item. That lets me setup some interesting questions that I’ll write really quickly on. The advantage here is that I can see how people are reacting LIVE to my ideas. They often ask me questions and take me down paths I wasn’t expecting to go. Here’s some examples, wonder what you think:
I will discuss why I can never have another Diet Coke here.
Health privacy is dead. Here’s why.”
Too many choices at Best Buy. Photo and discussion.
Want a news tip? Amazon Kindle is sold out. Hint here.
@netvalar now wants to know about friendfeed’s rooms. Here’s why they are the coolest tool for Twitter users
“To new friendfeeders (there are thousands due to Twitter invites and follows), here’s what you need to know.”
On the other hand, sometimes you just need to do a really well thought out post and not have the distractions. Comments from other people are distractions and they can take you down paths that aren’t very productive and interrupt flow. You can see all that in the examples above. But they are fun to do because engagement from other people is fun and addictive.
It’s a link to the Gillmor Gang where Mike Arrington and Jason Calacanis tell me I’m doing this all wrong.
If you were looking for a long, thoughtful, blog post, come back in a few minutes. Got something cooking that’s been cooking for a week.
Oh, and happy new years!