Making My Personal Page Mine
Over the last few years, I’ve been playing around with having my own personal space to post my thoughts, photos, articles that have caught my attention, and so on. Some of this has been to move away from posting on social media, given how companies like Facebook use your data. Other reasons have been for just simple control. I want my timeline to look how I want it to look and in the order I want it in.
So, I’ve gotten back into blogging. Many people probably think blogging is something of the past, from services like Blogger or Wordpress, which social media has helped replace. Think about what it is you post, however. Aside from silly memes, you’re probably posting things concerning your family and friends, it just you’re doing it inside of Facebook or Twitter. The thing about blogging is it seems to have this stigma that every post has to be a long drawn out post. What I’ve learned over the past few years, between both blogging and personal journaling, is blogging can be what you make of it. It can be the length and about what you want it to be. Want to post a photo? Good. Post a photo. Don’t stress yourself out over this shit.
This leads me to the different types of posts I create. Some of these are simply more suited for a blog. Others are more like a tweet. With that said, I do syndicate everything to Twitter. This is what some call P.O.S.S.E. or Publish (on your) Own Site, Syndicate Elsewhere.
Types of Posts I Use
- Longform: What you’re looking at now is longform. My general rule, however, is anything longer than a Tweet or 280 characters.
- Link Blogging: This is how I share links. The format pulls a link from another web publication, usually includes a blockquote, then a comment from me.
- Microblogging: If you’ve ever tweeted, you’ve microblogged. Generally, this is anything less than 280 characters including spaces, but it’s usually far less than that.
- Photoblogging: Like Instagram, but on this website instead.
- Reviews: As of now, I’ve only done beer reviews, which I do for my own logging than anything else. Think of this as my own personal Untapped.
- Live Blogging: I’m self-conscious sometimes. Many times I’ve watched a sporting event and barfed my thoughts all over Twitter, only to check my timeline and feel like I’ve taken up quite a bit of it. A fellow blogger Kevin (aka @kordumb) has developed a solid way of live-blogging using the iOS app Drafts 5 and the blogging service Blot. This allows me to post the random thoughts I have throughout an event without flooding a timeline. I feel like this goes in line with internet etiquette and leaves me as less annoying.
I recently bought a new domain, which is simply “skoo.bz”. Aside from having my own name in my domain, having a nickname I’ve carried for about 20 years seemed like a no-brainer to me. The advantage of having a domain is that I have the same address no matter which service I use for this site. I like to play with new things, so this comes in handy more than I think it would for most.
Cost is a key factor to why I think a lot of people stay trapped with social media. I personally don’t mind paying a little for a better experience, whether it’s this site or using a third-party Twitter client which lacks the ads of the official timeline. This site uses Blot, which I’m paying $20/year for (though I’m pretty sure that price has gone up a little for new accounts) and then $20/year for my domain. I feel like that alone beats the price for many other blogging platforms which can hover around $10/month. I like to have control over things, so I don’t mind paying a little bit to have that control. I’m able to control everything from my layout to how I post to it. I’m happy here.
This all, in a nutshell, is how and why I like to use my personal site. Maybe this will inspire some to explore other options when it comes to their online presence. I say use what you like, but I think the important thing here is knowing there are other options in the event things don’t become desirable where you post currently.