A lot of people have blamed Twitter for ruining their ability to blog, but Twitter has caused the slow decline of my personal site in a different way: pressure. A while back I started using the WordPress plugin Twitter Tools, which not only shows you the updates found on the right sidebar, but also automatically publishes the title and link of the most recent blog post to my Twitter feed.
This is good for getting some visibility for the posts, of course. But it also caused an unexpected problem, in that I felt a ton of pressure to have something really valuable to say every single time I posted. Granted, we should always be trying to add value somehow with our blogs, but there is something to be said for keeping it personal and light. But if we go back to say… March of 2006, for example, I was writing all sorts of crazy stuff (and it was fun).
I want to get back to that point. This needs to get a little less serious. Twitter auto-post is officially “off” and my personal blog is about to get more personal.
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