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Capturing and Cataloging the Digital Ephemera

In the constant battle to get the most out of my life, I’ve been mulling over how best to add catalog my reflections.

I am a reflective person. Duh. I like to talk, I like to discuss ideas and events, I like to analyze social interactions, I like to write. All of these things help me process, help me reflect and dissect and make sense of what happens to me in my life and what I think and feel about issues or events or people.

I’ve been writing on this blog for about seven years now, and I’ve journaled intermittently for around 12-13 years. Two years ago, I made the upgrade from flip phone to smart phone, which has opened up a new world of reflective possibilities.

What I’ve been trying to figure out is how best do I organize all of this digital ephemera? Let’s face it, my generation is one of digital reflection. When we think, we tweet. When we debate, it’s online. I still hand write thank you notes, but I haven’t handwritten an actual letter or journal entry in years.

Yes, people can lament the loss of the handwriting medium, but what I gain from digital expression is that the potential for organization and cataloging is nearly infinite. For example, iPhoto has allowed me to catalog nearly 15,000 pictures of the last seven years by geographical place or by human face.

And this is just one example of all the cataloging technology has allowed. What I ultimately want is a cataloging standard for all the disparate places where I record my life: my journal, my blog, my photos, things I save on the web, random little notes, to-dos, etc. I’m not tech-savvy enough to be able to actually get all these platforms to connect to each other, but having a standardized cataloging system implemented would help me keep all this digital stuff in place, help me more efficiently find the content I’m looking for right when I need it.

The most simplistic (and very likely, the most realistic) solution to this problem is tags. Tags are digital flags that can be attached to content; I can name them whatever I want and so create a hierarchy all my own.

As the amount of digital content increases, so does the ubiquity of tags. People want this stuff organized, and tags are a really easy way to do so.

However, tags are not the perfect solution, mainly because as I start to think about what tags I’d want to create a filing system, I begin to realize that what I’m really looking for is a very specific hierarchy of tags. If I write a journal article about my baby, I could tag it “Baby.” If I then journal about a friend having a baby and tag that “Baby,” I can’t actually delineate between the journal about my baby and the one about my friend’s baby, and at some point, I’ll probably want to parse those out.

One problem is that this tagging structure isn’t necessarily available for all digital platforms. But even more so, the disparity between digital platforms is going to stop me from actually creating a cataloging standard that I can fit on top of each platform in the first place.

So I almost have to categorize the various digital media first, and then try and create an organizational standard with variables; these variables can then be molded to fit any given platform I’m using.

These are all overtly conceptual terms and I want to give a real example. I keep all of my music in iTunes. I write this blog on WordPress, and I keep my journal in Day One. Three separate digital platforms, hosting different kinds of content, with their own individual organization built in to each system.

With iTunes, you’ve got a platform where organization is built in. Files are meant to be organized by artist, album, song, with lots of extra fields for composer, year, genre, comments, etc.

WordPress has a hierarchy of categories and tags. I keep my categories fairly broad (politics, music, movies, life, blogging, etc.) and my tags are whatever the heck I want them to be. Some are actual informational tags, some are just joke references for people who know more pop culture than is good for them.

And then Day One has a cut-and-dry tagging system. No hierarchy, just tags.

So rather than trying to create a system that will fit perfectly on top of all three of these platforms, I want to create a structure that is fluid, with variables of organization that might not interchange perfectly, but logically make sense in the platform I’m using, and that are at least analogous to another system.

And for this, I keep coming back to tags. Tags are my variable. They will bend to fit what I need them to fit. For my previous example, they are three different platforms that hold different kinds of content, but with tags, I have a tool that can help me organize the content in all three.

If you have no interest in organizing digital content, my thanks and appreciation goes out to you for reading this far. But less important than how I actually do it is why I care about it so much. For better or for worse, my American generation is full of kids whose lives have been lived in a digital environment. We interpret the world very differently than our parents (like every generation in the last 150 years has) and so much of our identity is tied up in a digital space.

And that’s why all this organization matters to me. I am one of those kids with a digital identity. When I reflect on various events in my life or process through difficult life issues, I don’t want to lose those reflections or processed thoughts. I want to keep them so I can return to them. One of the best parts of having written for as long as I have is randomly going back through old journal articles. Reading my words and remembering the thoughts attached to those memories. Who doesn’t love going through old photos and being immediately rushed back to the thrill of when that boy held your hand, or how much fun that concert was with your best friends? Insert whatever cheesy memory you might have and it works.

I’ve recently taken on a pretty extensive project, much like the home video project my wife and I worked on a few years back. I’ve begun scanning all the old photos from the albums that my parents have at their house. So far, I’ve only done three complete photo albums and I already have nearly 500 pictures done. I’ll move on next to old disposable camera photos that Colls and I took in high school (ah, the early 2000s), and eventually I’d like to move on to Colleen’s family photos.

What’s awesome about this is that I’m stumbling over photos I remember from growing up, but even cooler, I’m finding old photos of my parents that I don’t remember ever seeing, and that offer a peek into a world and time in which I didn’t exist yet.

Scan 5

Seeing photos of my parents when they were the age I am now is fascinating. It’s crazy to look at a picture of the two of them with a brand new baby and think that they most likely were feeling the same confusion, frustration, and white-hot joy being new parents that I’m beginning to feel now.

Once I’m done with this photo project and have all this new content tagged in my organizational system, it’ll take only a few keystrokes to find all the pictures I have of my parents with any of their kids, or my own baby, or me and my wife when we were 16 years old.

Ultimately, I believe our lives can be fuller if we don’t forget where we’ve come from, what we used to be. It helps me appreciate things more. When I look back at the photos of my wife and me when we were tiny little teenagers, I am transported back to what it felt like to have an unstoppable crush on a girl. And that’s such an important memory for me to keep, because obviously, after more than 10 years together, that’s not how Colleen and I feel for each other anymore. Our relationship and love has matured into something completely different than that high school crush and we’ve seen a lot more difficulty and goodness in life than I could ever have imagined. I don’t want to feel like I did when I was 18, I want to feel like I do when I’m 28, but with the knowledge of our past firmly intact.

That’s what organized reflection provides.

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Happy New Year: Midyear Check-In

At the beginning of 2014, I wrote a short piece on New Year’s Resolutions. I picked 6 goals that I thought were measurable, valuable and attainable and attempted to keep them. Here’s a quick recap of the first half of the year.

  • Journal for 31 consecutive days

I did this in for the entire month of January. As I wrote in my original post, the Art Of Manliness posited this challenge to its readers and actually had a day-by-day writing roadmap. Each day had a new prompt to jog the writing muscle, and it worked great. I wrote my 6-word memoir, picked out a DIY project I wanted to tackle*, picked out my Cabinet of Invisible Counselors, did some free association, figured out what I’d do with loads of money, and determined my current place in the Hero’s Journey. And that was just a week’s worth of journal prompts. It was awesome, and I’ve kept up journaling at least three times a week each week.

  • Listen to a new album for 2 weeks straight, write about it

This is the resolution I’ve probably kept the best. I made a list of 26 albums from before 2013, none of which I’d ever listened to before. It was a mix of R&B, funk, rock, pop, jazz, country, folk, and ranging from the ’50s to the ’00s. I tried my best to keep the variety relatively even, with no one decade or genre being favored. It’s been an absolute pleasure. Sure, there have been a few albums I haven’t fallen in love with, but there have been far more gems I’ve stumbled across. It’s also been a new way to uncover just a few of the infinite connections within pop music.

For example, a few weeks ago I listened to Funkadelic’s Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On. After getting to know the album and really digesting it for two weeks, I randomly started making a playlist of my favorite tunes from the Native Tongues Collective, which caused me to go back through De La Soul’s De La Soul Is Dead. As “Millie Pulled A Pistol On Santa” began, I realized I had heard the intro phrase directly from a Funkadelic record. This was quickly followed up by the riff from “I’ll Stay,” a tune from the Funkadelic record I had just finished writing about. I had listened to this De La Soul record many times, but had never made this connection before.

If that wasn’t a cool enough connection, that exact same week on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the Red Hot Chili Peppers played a song with The Roots. They played “Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On.” Had they done this two weeks prior, I wouldn’t have had a clue what this song was. And it was so awesome.

  • Read a book every 2 weeks, write about it

I’ve been less consistent with this one. While I started off the year strong, the last month has been so insanely hectic that I haven’t kept up well. I’ll explain why in a minute, but continue as best as I can for the back half of the year.

  • Drink less alcohol

Definitely succeeded in this. Haven’t completely stopped drinking, but having a pregnant wife helps.

  • Complete Insanity again (twice, or once and run a marathon)

It’s a shame that the one physical goal on my list was completely abandoned, but I feel like I have a legit excuse. I actually started Insanity in the beginning of January, and on like the 4th day, I went down to the basement to do the day’s workout, and found about an inch and a half of water on the basement floor. Turns out our neighbor’s irrigation system hadn’t been turned off, and the brutally cold days we had in January caused some pipes to burst between our houses, and the result was water. No joke, it seriously was two full months before we had the entire place cleaned up and back to normal.

So I haven’t completely given up on this goal, although my expectations are a little different.

  • New blog post once a week (average)

Definitely kept up with this one too. Some weeks have been a challenge to come up with something and other weeks I’ve had more than one post with no problem.

So hopefully I can keep these goals up as the year keeps going. The biggest change in our life is that I’m writing this post with a 6-day old baby sleeping on my chest. The last two months has been wall-to-wall getting prepared for our family becoming three. Trips to Babies ‘R’ Us, rearranging nursery furniture, playing go-for for my increasingly pregnant wife, going to prenatal classes at the hospital, etc. My usual lunch breaks where I’ve been able to get an hour of reading in has been replaced with baby-related errands.

So I’m not being overly hard on myself for not completing Insanity twice, or keeping up with the reading. I’ve got high hopes for the back half of the year, like getting back into running (a marathon is a pretty lofty goal, I might scale it back to shorter race) or getting some other books read. If nothing else, I’m absolutely going to keep writing. Aside from that and caring for a newborn, everything else is gravy.

*Homemade ladder ball set, completed two weeks ago with tools and moral support provided by my pal Eli. We’ve since used it and it is an awesome and gorgeous addition to my yard.

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Happy New Year (Now Do Everything Better)

With a new year comes the inevitable barrage of articles about the new year. 10 Life Hacks for 2014!, 5 Goals for Healthier Living 2014!, 3 Challenges You Should Take On In 2014! And like many New Years Resolutions, they are often quickly abandoned. That’s why I’ve never been a big resolutions person. I tend to dislike fads, and I’ve always viewed resolutions as fads. However, in the last few months I’ve been thinking a lot about goals, especially long term goals, and I wanted to see if I could find some short-term goals or resolutions that I wouldn’t quickly give up this year. I picked 6 goals that I really like because they are valuable and achievable.

  • Journal for 31 consecutive days

This challenge is courtesy of Art of Manliness (fantastic site if you’ve never checked them out). The goal of this challenge is to simply journal something for an entire month straight. What’s great about AoM’s take on this challenge is that they’ve put constraints around the concept of journaling, making it easier to begin and easier to continue for a lot of people. It can be incredibly daunting to look at a blank piece of paper (or blank blog post in this case) and start writing. It’s taken me 8 years of writing to get pretty good at it, and I’m still pretty bad at it. AoM has provided a way around this by giving a short template for each day. Something to spark your creativity. I have actually only looked at the few days’ entries because I want each day to be a new surprise. I want to go into each day of the journaling challenge blind and journal my gut response to each day’s assignment. If you’ve tried journaling before and given it up, or never tried but wanted to, this is a great way to kickstart a new habit. If nothing else, you will get to the end of the 31 days and realize journaling isn’t for you and that’s just as productive as solidifying a new habit.

  • Listen to a new album for _ days straight, write about it

I’m leaving this one pretty open-ended for now because I’m not sure how functional it is for me to put in hard numbers at this point. I could choose random albums that I’ve had in my collection for years, or I could go with new albums I’ve added in the last 6 months-year and not listened to yet. I could also go for an album review a week or every two weeks or each month. I’m going to play with this one a little and see what takes.

  • Read a book every two weeks (average), write about it

This is a pretty lofty goal and I’ll be OK if I don’t hit it. I think the key here is to mix up the kind of books I read. Biographies, autobiographies, fiction, sci-fi, classics, new stuff. Can’t have all 1000-page old books. I’d like to finish Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, read at least one presidential biography, a few musician biographies, a few classics I didn’t read in high school (e.g. Lord Of The Flies, etc.), and maybe a few books to be published yet this year.

  • Drink less alcohol

First off, I’d like to qualify this goal by saying that I am not a lush. I enjoy drinking alcohol, but I can abstain if I choose. And with the advent of Baby, I have definitely decreased my alcohol intake in the last 4 months. It helps that my wife doesn’t drink at all, but it would save even more money and health if I cut it out completely as well. And while “drink less” is not a good goal to have (good goals need to be measurable), I’m going to start by shooting for a month of no drinking. Where it goes after that, we shall see.

  • Complete Insanity again (twice, or once and run a marathon)

Like how I sneaked that marathon goal in? After the last year, what was once the quintessential unreachable goal in my head (running a marathon) has now become something completely doable. The main problem I foresee is that the bulk of training would occur during the first few months of Baby’s arrival, which I have been told (by every freaking adult who finds out we’re having a baby. Hey adults, do me a favor and rather than tell me how miserable the few months of baby-raising are, tell me how much long-term satisfaction you get from being a parent. I already know I’m not going to sleep for two months.) are some of the toughest months for new parents. The fact that we will be adjusting to a new person, new sleep schedule, and basically new everything makes me less inclined to commit to full-blown marathon training. A good alternative to this would be to complete Insanity again, preferably twice. I’m definitely going to start it in the next week, which puts me in the middle of March when I finish, and then I could immediately start it again and it would be done around the time Baby shows up. A marathon is definitely in my sights though. Just possibly not this year.

  • New blog post once a week (average)

This has actually been a goal of mine for about the last six months, and I’ve kept it up. I went from posting something every few weeks or months to on average, once a week. I’m insanely pleased with my output, and I want to increase it slightly in 2014. I’m shooting for 5 posts a month. It shouldn’t be too difficult either, if I actually keep up with as much media as I plan on digesting.

6 goals for 2014. What goals are you setting for this year? What goals have you set in the past and completed, or not completed? (Secret 7th goal: increase readership through reader engagement.)

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Baby/Blog Posts

Two pretty big pieces of news to share:

  1. This is my 200th blog post.
  2. My wife is pregnant.

The way that list is numbered makes it seem as though the 200th post thing is 1st in importance but obviously we all know that’s not the case. I am pretty proud of myself for reaching this arbitrary round number of posts, even if it has been over the last 6 years. It still averages out to about one post every ten days, which is only slightly less than I’m shooting for now (once a week). The big difference is, and I’m patting myself on the back a little bit here, is that I’ve been aiming to create content that is slightly more well thought out than just “guys check out this cool movie trailer.” As far as I’m concerned, I’m succeeding.

Onto the monumentally bigger news, I am going to be a father. That is a surreal and terrifying and very good sentence to write. The last year and a half has been a whirlwind of major life changes for us. I earned my graduate degree, we moved from the apartment we had called home longer than any other apartment (and subsequently left our ten minute walk to Red’s Alehouse, the best damn alehouse in the damn state), I took my first “real” “adult” job, Colleen found a job and then found a better job, we traveled to Miami and Seattle, we bought a car, and we bought our first home. And hot on the heels of the home purchase, we’re growing our family with a kid.

I feel blessed beyond comprehension. I am so very thankful for everything we’ve been given and the things we’ve earned, and I am especially thankful for Colleen. She is the greatest support, she provides for and takes care of our home so well, and she’s carrying our new child and going through all the stuff that comes along with pregnancy. Seems kind of unfair that all I have to do for nine months is not have a total mental freakout/breakdown. But she’s handling it like a total pro, carrying herself with grace even as she’s dealing with so much. And we like the same TV shows, so I honestly could not ask for a better partner.

So no worries, I have zero plans on this becoming a baby-centered blog as the months pass. I find I still have more fun writing about iTunes and personal finance than Baby.

I’m going to wager a guess and say our kid might have blonde curly hair. At least for a few years.

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Digital Identity in a Relational World

I grew up at 326 19th St. NW Cedar Rapids, IA. The house was a fine little four bedroom place, it just seemed smaller than it was with two parents and six kids. On top of that, one of those four bedrooms was appropriated for what we called The Study. This was Dad’s Space, his work area. It was not huge so it worked well for this purpose. Each wall was lined floor to ceiling with books, save for one of the short walls where Mom kept her sewing machine and the other short wall which was divided into thirds; the outer segments were closet-type areas where Dad kept some suit coats (if I recall correctly) and the middle segment fit an old ’70s rocking chair and a half height bookshelf from top of the chair to the ceiling. The other anchor to this room was Dad’s Desk. It was constructed (I’m assuming by him, I have no idea where else he would’ve gotten that behemoth from) by laying a giant rectangular piece of wood over two metal filing cabinets about three or four feet in height. On the desk was the computer. This is where Dad worked.

This is all very vivid in my head for many reasons. I spent a lot of time in The Study, doing writing assignments on the computer, occasionally getting a theology book down from one of the shelves and feigning intellectual prowess, etc. There are still landmarks in that room that stick out in my head. The old globe on Dad’s Desk. The mustard yellow plastic waste basket. The Chronicles of Narnia box set that was missing Voyage of the Dawn Treader. The window curtains that featured a Ferdinand Magellan-era, high seas motif. These things all made a long-lasting impression on me.

Colleen and I have had iPhones now for about nine months. We’d held out for what now seems like an eternity, using old flip phones that had served very little purpose, only texting and calling (“what more do you need” was our logic). Turns out, it has already had a drastic effect on certain parts of our lives. It’s a killer little machine. It’s also given me a new perspective on how I want technology to relate to and fit into my life.

I recently finished a book entitled “Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now” by Douglas Rushkoff. The first half of the book was fascinating and absolutely worth reading. The last half was kind of lost me, went over my head. But what I took from the book overall was how drastic of an effect technology has had on humankind. And not just generic technology, like airplanes or refrigerators or TVs. But rather the tech that gives us the illusion of being able to always live as present as we can. Tech like smartphones (and the infrastructure needed to make them work, the Internet, fiberoptic cables, cloud servers, etc.).

What’s interesting is that we use smartphones as a way to try and be present. What a beautiful sunset I’m watching right now, I’m going to Instagram this and immediately cross-post it to Facebook and Twitter so all of my friends/family/followers can see this. Or hey family, here is a picture of me holding my half-hour old baby daughter. Look, lots of my FourSquare friends have checked into the party across town that I’m not at, so I’m going to leave the party I’m at now and join the one that’s more fun, right now.

You get the point. Our technology has given us an illusion of being ever present, in the moment. The inherent problem with this is that the concept of “now” is fleeting, and we actually cannot hold onto it. A beautiful quote from the book:

“And like the diminishing beauty returns for a facially paralyzed Botox addict, the more forcefully we attempt to stop the passage of time, the less available we are to the very moment we seek to preserve.”

I love this quote because it unmasks the paradox we’ve created for ourselves by viewing so much of life through the viewfinder of technology.

And this is what I fear about technology. Inadvertantly taking myself so much out of the present solely because I’m trying to preserve the present moment. I want to figure out how best to use my technology to enhance the present moment, rather than just having a distraction brick in my pocket at all times.

The same goes for larger tech too, not just my phone. My phone is great and very handy, but when I think about how I viewed technology as a kid, I remember always connecting it to some useful purpose my parents gave it. For example, we didn’t have cable growing up, so our TV was basically for watching PBS, TGIF and World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, every evening at 5:30 while Mom cooked dinner and I waited for Dad to get home from work. That was how Mom got her national and global news back then, this early evening broadcast news show. And that’s what Mom wanted the TV used for. Mom and Dad never wanted to get cable and bother with having hundreds of channels to watch and, most likely, censor.

The TV could’ve been a gigantic time suck for us, but Mom pretty much ruled when and what we watched, and so it didn’t become that (she might argue differently). And honestly, I’m fine that I don’t have memories of Are You Afraid of the Dark? or Salute Your Shorts or any of those other shows lots of kids grew up on (not to disparage those shows at all. Every time Colleen talks about Salute Your Shorts, it sounds like an awesome show). I feel like I got great value out of the technology we had, mainly because my parents made sure it factored into our lives on their terms, rather than letting our lives mold around how the technology worked.

Same with Dad’s computer. He used his Study to study. He read, he worked on his computer, he was nonverbally communicating a part of himself to me through his physical space and the tech that lived there. He gave his tech a purpose there.

I’ve come to the conclusion that the biggest utility I want out of any future tech I acquire is helping me to relate a certain part of my identity to the outside world. If I had been born in any pre-computer era, I don’t think I would’ve been able to express as much as I do in writing. I can’t imagine getting the volume of my thoughts out with a pen and paper, let alone organize and edit them. My writing is contingent on me having a digital medium.

It’s this digital facet of my identity that I want my technology to help elucidate. I want my tech to be the way I intake new information: news, music, TV/movies, etc., and I want it to be the way I output how I’ve processed this internalized information.

This is certainly going to be a learning process though, because I catch myself letting my tech take over sometimes. If I’m not careful, it’s easy to let my life revolve around my tech rather than my tech enhance my life. And that’s the biggest danger with it. But used correctly, tech is a great way to communicate my digital identity in a world where our personal relationships define who we are.

So to tie this all up nicely, I want in my new home what Dad had in our home growing up. Basically, a room dedicated to things that help me express myself digitally. I’d like a solid wooden desk with a comfortable office chair. On the desk I’d like an iMac with wireless speakers, keyboard, and mouse. My record player will live in this room, along with my guitars and amp. Maybe a picture of Clapton or D’Angelo on the wall, or some hip album art framed up. I want this room to be called The Den, and I want any kids I might have to know it’s my space, and that they’re welcome in it. I want to create this space as much for them as for me. The memories I have in my Dad’s Study are deeply ingrained, and I’d like my kids to have those same sorts of memories about a physical space I’ve created to house the digital aspect of my identity.

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Get a load of this…

Since I’ve moved my blog over here to WordPress, I’ve been trying to figure out how best to share things I find online. I use Google Reader as my RSS feed reader, and in the last few months they made a colossal error by switching the share function to sharing only via Google+. Before, you could click a share button on an item that came up in your Reader feed and you could have all your shared items displayed on another site, like a blog. Now, that sharing function is restricted to the Google+ social networking site, of which I am not a part. So I’ve been trying to figure out how best to share stuff I find interesting. And this is my solution.

Get a load of this… is the new blog I’m starting on WordPress. I had thought about just adding the items I want to share here on this blog, but that would dilute it just a little bit. With two blogs, I can funnel all my real writing into this blog here and designate all the random stuff for the other blog. It is my alternative to Tumblr, Twitter, Youtube, etc. all mixed into one. So go check it out.

Get a load of this…

-Jon

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The Ole Kansas City Shuffle

Here is my obligatory explanation for why I’ve switched blog sites. Blogger hadn’t done anything innovative for a long time, and just recently they’ve introduced some new display options. Which kind of sucked. They looked like cheap Tumblr rip offs. Very surprising seeing as how Google owns Blogger and most of what Google does is awesome and cutting edge and hard to say goodbye to.

So I started shopping around other blog sites. I signed up for Tumblr after like thirty seconds of browsing the site. Ended up being a bit premature. Tumblr looks absolutely beautiful; it’s as Apple-y as you can get without actually being an Apple product. Very sleek user interface. A few pretty huge problems though. No importing function was probably the biggest turn-off for me, as I’d written 150+ blogs on Blogger and really wanted to preserve those thoughts on whatever new blog I started. I started to transfer a few old blogs manually, just to see how long it would take, and after realizing it would seriously take weeks and/or months to get everything switched, decided it certainly wasn’t worth it. And really, Tumblr and I just had some core value differences. It’s much more of a micro-blogging site (e.g. Twitter, or any other blog service that isn’t meant specifically for long-form blogs) and I wanted a service that would stimulate my creativity and challenge me to write more than 140 characters. I mean this much less as an insult towards Twitter than it sounds. Twitter is great for lots of people, and I am not one of those people. If my brain could come up with any of the hilarious things that are put on Twitter by any of these people*, I’d say forget it and be a Twitterer exclusively.

But my brain doesn’t work like that. Or at least I am actively trying to keep it from working like that. I’m afraid if I join the microblogging movement, I will never be able to do a long-form blog again. So Tumblr was out.

And then I gave WordPress a try. I seem to always be following in Adam’s footsteps, but the guy clearly knows what he’s doing on the social media front, and so here I am. WordPress initially seemed a bit daunting, as it is an entire website publishing suite and would be a great place to go if you want to set up a site for your local business or something of that nature. But I stumbled upon the free blogging service and here we are. The importing function worked fairly well, but it did give me a chance to do a fair amount of updating categories and tags (something Blogger didn’t distinguish in their taxonomic classification) and fix broken links, that sort of thing.

So here I am. WordPress and I are linked inextricably for years to come. And thanks to you for reading. In an age of instant information gratification, I enjoy stretching my brain’s creativity and I’m glad you enjoy reading the output.

-Jon

*These people (alphabetically)…

  • @adampaulcooper
  • @Andy_Richter
  • @azizansari
  • @ConanOBrien
  • @JimGaffigan
  • @nealbrennan
  • @normmacdonald
  • @pattonoswalt

…among others.

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