The dramatic decrease in the number of posts on this blog probably correlates perfectly with the increase in the number of tweets I’ve sent. The ability to share my thoughts quickly and easily without having to come up with complete English sentences means I’ve not felt the need to sit down and make time to Mumble. I clearly recall in the pre-twitter days feeling positively distressed if I didn’t update this site every few days – I’d feel like I was holding my breath, it was only a metter of time before I had to come back here to release the pressure.
I’m sure there’s hundreds of thousands of people out there who find their own blogs suffering in this way.
It’s not necessarily a bad thing though, it’s just evolution; it’s natural that they should change over time. Back in 2002 when I started The Daily Mumble it was common for a blog to have a diary format, documenting the everyday and the normal. A place to share stories and photos and for friends to comment.
Then along came Facebook, a single destination where all your friends gathered. You could share everything there with a lot less effort than writing a blog post – and get a lot more feedback too. When Twitter later entered the equation there was even less raison d’être to blog – it seemed like the end of road.
The blogs that survived the cull and indeed went to experience big success were those that focused on niche interests. Japanese food, social media, technology, language …whatever. They were not focused on the lives of the authors, but rather provided useful, relevant information for a group of people with a common interest.
Some however limped on under the old model. They were updated infrequently with personal news, had a few photos embedded from Flickr, the odd YouTube video was featured; hey served as a record of important changes in the authors’ lives.
And that’s kind of what the Daily Mumble does.
I’m in two minds as to what to do. I could maintain the blog in the current fashion, basically using it as a record of important developments in my life. I have found it to be an invaluable point of reference on countless occasions – it meets a real need in that way.
The other option is, in addition to using it as a life log, start to use it in a more Posterous/Tumblr type way. That is, have posts that consist of short chunks of text, individual images or videos, short musings on things that are of interest to me. Currently, I use TwitPic or Moby to host images posted to Twitter – perhaps instead I would post the image and description to The Daily Mumble and have the link to that go out in my Twitter stream.
This second option appeals to me. I know it won’t suit all of my readers as it’ll mean a lot more content in the feed and on the page – but if I don’t do that, well we might see things get even more stale around here, and I’m reluctant for that to happen. I need to diversify, even if it means breaking some blogger norms.
In terms of practicalities I’m thinking of using Posterous as the publishing tool, and when posting there I’d choose whether it goes to one or all of Twitter / Facebook / WordPress.
Anyways, if there are changes around here, that’s why.
Right, off out now to the Local Japan Times photo competition, then after that another party in Jiyugaoka. Got a packed weekend too, with work all day tomorrow and then the Japanese Language Proficiency Test on Sunday, which due to a complete lack of prep I don’t expect to pass!