A small blog neighborhood hiding in plain sight

For as long as I can remember, I’ve tweeted every blog post. As an experiment, I didn’t do that with this one. As a result, WordPress tells me that relatively few people have read it. But I’m not monetizing pageview counters here, why do I care? The interaction with those who did read that item was pleasant.

So, the experiment continues. Some items here, like this one, can enjoy a more intimate space than others, simply by not announcing themselves on Twitter. A small blog neighborhood hiding in plain sight.

9 thoughts on “A small blog neighborhood hiding in plain sight

  1. Ah, interaction … #ContinuousPartialAttention haunts me.
    What if “we few, we lucky few” sustain our discourse (or at least discussion) exceptionally? Sets the stage for something like Hesse’s “Magister Ludi”. (Glasperlenspiel inspired me deeply, mid-1960s, as a kid. As did the fact that such as Library of Alexandria once existed.)

    #DeliberativePolitics #ParticipatoryDeliberation #ProTension #DiscourseEthics

    “Too long, didn’t read — how reading online is hurting our brains” CBC Radio “Sunday Edition” 30NOV2018


    p.s.1 I accidentally closed this tab before I had finished. With a silent prayer to the gods of Mozilla, I hit “Undo Close” and yupperz … the text re-appeared.
    p.s.2 I forget … does WordPress support markup in Comments?

  2. ah, but those of us still enjoying the benefits of reading-via-rss don’t need the noise of twitter to find your writing, Jon. ;-)

  3. I miss out a lot on twitter even though I tend to weed out my subscriptions regularly – but still way too much is posted and drowns out messages like yours. Twitters automatic filtering sometimes also hides interesting tweets (probably more often than I notice it).

    But I have a set of bookmarks of interesting blogs I read once a week. Your blog got on my list thanks to a short comment about your old “build your own groupware” book (already ordered second hand but not yet received so please excuse my not remembering the title ;-) ).

    I never got along with RSS. I don’t know why.

  4. I’m not sure why more people don’t use lists on Twitter. I have over 70 lists. Many of them are for other people to help them follow useful teachers who teach specific subjects, but some of them are for me to read on a daily, or weekly schedule or as needed.

    1. In general I guess it’s because relatively few people are wired that way. I haven’t checked but I’ll bet if we look at lists on Twitter we’ll see the same long-tail distribution that we see in tagging systems. The few who are wired to organize info using such affordances do so aggressively, most never touch them.

      Since I’m among those few, you’ve prompted me to ask myself: Why don’t I use Twitter lists? If I recall, it’s because when the feature came out, I was happy aggregating feeds from many different sources into a feedreader, and was reluctant to embrace sources that didn’t fit that model. But since that model isn’t working for me any more, I should probably rethink that!

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