A circus of social media

Since I started blogging (for the fourth time) on February 23rd with this post, I’ve realized that not all social media outlets are equal. In fact, they don’t all even have the same concepts about what is important. I had tried WordPress before and, though I liked it, thought I might try something newer and trendier with the hope that everything I loved from my previous experiences was still there; that was a mistake.

There are a lot of things I like about Tumblr: it’s pretty, it has a variety of templates to get your post up quickly (image, text, video, link, etc), it has an easy-to-use ‘like’ and ‘re-blog’ system, and it’s trendy (you know, it’s blogging but somehow cooler).

Unfortunately, all of the reasons I like Tumblr are also the reasons I’ve decided it’s not for me.

It’s pretty, but it’s design is what affords it that flair and simultaneously ensures I can’t figure out how to do simple things like show a blogroll on a side bar. Even adding a comment system to it took some research and effort, which it’s trivial on WordPress.

The templates are great; they make posting simple and ensure each ‘type’ of post is distinct. But somehow the templates manage to force a feeling of constraint on the posts in a way I don’t like — and I’m a self-confessed organization addict. Image posts end up with a caption that is the same as the title when pumped through an RSS feed.

And finally, the ‘like’ and ‘re-blog’ system is so easy because there isn’t really any ability to make meaningful commentary when you use it.

In short, Tumblr is simple and elegant but lacks the type of meaningful customization I came to rely on with other systems.

I plan to continue using Tumblr for what it’s good at — looking pretty. I’ll continue to update the blog there with screenshots from EVE. I consider myself a better-than-average photographer, and think I’m using some of the principles of good photography to make interesting screenshots.

I also plan to continue my in-character log posts; I’ve not written many, but I aim to keep trying.

WordPress offers a more traditional framework with deeper customization; I’m glad I’ve decided to come back to the platform I started with. It’s more writer-friendly — at least in my opinion — and I consider myself a writer.

And to top it off my week of social media escapades, I’ve joined up with the tweetfleet on Twitter.

I still don’t feel like any one of these outlets offers me everything I want. I’m still missing the ability to have multiple personae writing to a single account (which I’ve worked around on Tumblr with the in-character log). I still don’t have an easy way to merge content from multiple outlets into a single, cohesive stream. I’ve danced around all my desires and ended up with the best fit, but it’s still not a perfect fit.

I feel like I’ve signed up for way too many accounts in way too many social media circles. Now it’s time to leave the circus.

~ by paritybit on 2010/03/31.

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