Daniel Jalkut on finding the right stuff to publish to a personal blog:
I find it sort of charming when people write “whole person” blogs that may contain material spanning from their personal emotions, to the culture they appreciate, to the work that they do, and the politics they believe in. But I also find it kind of irritating when I don’t happen to value or share in common one or more of those many disparate interests. Slogging through myriad posts about renaissance faires or meat rendering techniques, just to get the rare morsel about, say, optimizing Objective-C code, is not my idea of enjoying the written word as a reader of blogs.
As both a publisher and consumer of multiple blogs I have the exact same problem as Daniel. I do not want to post everything here (though that’d be much easier). I also wouldn’t want to wade through a sea of things I am uninterested in only to find the bits I am for the sites I subscribe to.
Like Jalkut, I publish multiple blogs. At current, I’m actively publishing on…
- This site – wherein I post personal stuff, links to things I personally find interesting, a few photos.
- Plain Text – Our company’s blog.
- Spacebits – A blog Yaron and I started and seldom write for (but boy is it fun to do so).
- The Watercolor Gallery – A gallery of inspirational watercolor paintings that I’ve curated for a few years now. More of a winter-time hobby at this point but a lot of fun.
- Coalwork – our new coworking space’s blog where I write about events happening at the space and culture in the Scranton area.
- Barley News – One of our products has a blog too. But we’re thinking of nixing it and just publishing on Plain Text.
It is exhausting.
You might wonder how a crazy person like myself manages to keep this many blogs going. I’m far from perfect, so of course there is some amount of neglect.
Ditto. It isn’t easy. And from the outside it looks a bit crazy I’m sure. But, like Jalkut, I won’t even start talking about my Twitter accounts. (I’m taking a break over there anyway)