It's been way too long between posts, so I want to explore that as a soft landing into the unfinished drafts sitting in my patch of the cloud. I'm torn between differing versions of blogging; different mental models of how content should be structured. Should this space be a formal placement of essays: edited, constructed and refined with care. Perhaps each essay should have it's own design language, each an attempt at merging form with content. Or revert to the blogging days of yore, where each post could be banged out in half an hour. Just a quick look at something and half a paragraph of poorly thought out words. I've been tempted to move even more towards tumblr: the tempting mix of paragraphs, lack of an obvious permalink, a url and a half sentence enough to be considered a days worth of work.
Even more, how does this fit into my workflow, my ideal writing environment. I've found that bluetooth keyboard, ipad propped up on a chunk of wood, and ia writer to be a near perfect mix. All there is for my hands to do is type, the screen is too far from my fingers to move to a different app, nothing else distracting on screen. But it almost pushes me to write too much. I get too comfortable and start churning out the noise with very little signal. The joy of my fingers running across the keyboard and making the klickety clackety sound too enjoyable to think about what I'm writing.
I'm sick of Typepad but not sure how to go about changing. Deep down I'd like to roll my own. That desire is tempered by the self awareness of my pendulum swings of productivity and procrastination. I wish typepad didn't punctuate the url, but it's too late to move out of it. Moving away from it would lose all of this traffic that I don't have and don't care for. The guilt of linkrot would be too much to bare when I eventually close this shop.
What exactly is blogging supposed to be these days? I don't even read blogs anymore, and I'm impressed as hell if you've gotten this far. Aren't you bored? No one really knows how to approach blogging like we used to, there's too many ways that the medium has died for us to continue this way.
It's too easy to scroll and swipe, but I'll be darned if I'm going to let shortening attention spans or the time to carefully read something affect the form and content. The recent redesign of this place didn't really work out how I thought it would, but there's something here that could work if pushed and prodded a bit. More focus on text, less focus on large slabs of it.
I think what I'm getting at here is the need to loosen up and put more effort into this thing. But there's some content strategy that would need to be reevaluated before I get to that point.