I seem to updating about once a week here. I wish I had more time to write, but I’m trying to affect some serious change in my life and that requires a lot of away-from-desk time, whether that desk is at work or at home. I did just download the WordPress app for Blackberry in the hopes of being able to easily update this blog on the go (here is where Dale tells me how easy Tumblr makes this, and I do see that and have thought about it but really want to push the limits of WordPress before I decide it’s not right for me).
For blogging on the go, I’m almost always on Twitter. I love using Twitter, and anyone who’s talked to me about it can tell you I’m pretty passionate about it as a marketing tool for business and as a microblogging and personal branding tool. Big blogging, like this, is entirely different for me. Blogging is about telling a story, whereas Tweeting is more about moments and thoughts and pieces of a whole. I use Twitter to get immediate advice, join or start a conversation, share random thoughts or insights, or RT things I like or find important. Blogging here is a non-condensed (puffed up? fat? phat?) version of that for me. And believe it or not, even while I’m tweeting I’m writing blog posts like this one in my head.
As long as I can remember I’ve had a running narrative in my head as I go about my life. Yep, I’m about to tell you something I’ve never told anyone – I’m certain my secret will be safe on tha innerwebz – and that is that I’m always thinking in stories. I encounter a particularly troublesome cork and think, “Jennifer struggled to wrench the cork free of the bottle, desperate after a long day to get to the relaxing nectar within.”
Those stories have turned themselves into blog posts through the years, starting with Livejournal and Diaryland then moving on to my Myspace blog. I used those platforms throughout my 20’s to complain about work, ponder the meaning of life at 3am, wonder if I’d die alone after just a few failed first dates… As I got older, more focused in my marketing career and as blogs really came around as a professional communication tool, writing posts carried more weight. More responsibility. More care. And with only a few minutes in between meetings or while waiting in line to check-in at events, I doubt my ability to write anything meaningful that’s longer than 140 characters.
Where do you put most of your efforts – Twitter or blogging? Why? Do you find one tool an easier/more effective way to get your message to your audience than another?