I'm a Christian, a designer, and a gadget fan who lives in Cheltenham, UK.

This is my blog, a creative outlet to mess around and play with as well as a place that logs my thoughts and inspirations.

Micro Blogging Again

I’ve recently made some changes to the host­ing for my blog and oth­er web­sites as part of the con­sol­id­a­tion of my many web­sites in to one. I had been aim­ing to have one web­site to rule them all integ­rat­ing my port­fo­lio and my blog into one site.

I’m in the pro­cess of cre­at­ing a new theme to help accom­plish that, but I real­ised that for a long time I’ve not wanted to post the short status posts and images on to this site. I used to use Twit­ter for that, and whilst I’m still on the site I rarely use it. I’ve also been a mem­ber of [Micro.Blog] since the kick­starter days, but lately I’ve found myself just observing with only the occa­sion­al reply and not actu­ally con­trib­ut­ing. So I’ve decided to give some­thing a try.

I’ve setup a hos­ted Micro Blog, which will use one of my spare per­son­al domains, and I’m going to try post­ing to there with the short status posts and images as I would’ve done on Twit­ter and Ins­tagram. I’ll likely use it to share things links and things along the way. In con­trast I plan to keep this blog as some­where to post longer posts and in time to add my port­fo­lio as well.

To sim­pli­fy things, I’m think­ing about using my Micro Blog and this blog as ways of gen­er­at­ing some Stock and Flow. As Robin Sloan put it:

Flow is the feed. It’s the posts and the tweets. It’s the stream of daily and sub-daily updates that reminds people you exist.

Stock is the dur­able stuff. It’s the con­tent you pro­duce that’s as inter­est­ing in two months (or two years) as it is today. It’s what people dis­cov­er via search. It’s what spreads slowly but surely, build­ing fans over time. 

I’ve real­ised I’ve lost those con­cepts in my cre­at­ive work. I no longer tweet and I don’t blog reg­u­larly, so if I can start to cor­rect that I hope that the two blog formats can inform one anoth­er with more content.

As an exten­sion of that I’ve also been think­ing a lot about Aus­tin Kleon’s book Show Your Work, some­thing which I’ve also not been doing much of lately. My hope is that I’ll be able to com­bine these two sites and ways of post­ing with show­ing some of my work. Be it per­son­al or pro­fes­sion­al (when appro­pri­ate). We’ll see how it goes.

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