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Jan. 5th, 2009 | 09:30 am

Almost a year ago I made the post "Twitter..." about my often asked question of the time about whether I should be writing an LJ blog post or just tweeting a thought.

As total number of posts go, Twitter won last year hands down. I comment about my life daily on it.

Want to know what I do with Drizzle day to day? Read twitter.

Want to know about the things which give me a chuckle most days? Read Twitter.

Twitter forces me to boil my thoughts down into simple statements. Fewer characters mean I waste less time getting to the point (talk about rethinking what you learned in college about trying to fill paragraphs in order to write longer papers!).

Unlike my blog which is filled with random photos and lengthy posts on technology, Twitter is more a dump of my mind (though far from all of it). I've not bought into the "you must stick to one topic and create a feed which has the characteristics..." Twitter style guidelines.

It sounds terribly dull.

Dull does nothing for me.

Nor does Saturday Night Live for that matter (but Jon Stewart? Well...)

So I will give absolutely zero promises about blogging more this year. What I will do is make Twitter a bit more ubiquitous in my life so that I can drop more thoughts.

And if this had been a twitter post?

"More Twitter, Less LJ, more thoughts this year."

I would even have the room to add in a URL to the tweet for this post :)

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from: awfief
date: Jan. 5th, 2009 07:43 pm (UTC)

I just use ping.fm and post in one place, and it goes to twitter, my facebook status, and lj.

My shorter posts are made with those, for example

http://awfief.livejournal.com/679021.html (made from my iPhone)

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from: awfief
date: Jan. 5th, 2009 07:46 pm (UTC)

Also, let me note that some things are good for twitter - ie, "random thoughts" are way better for twitter than LJ. But LJ is better for explanations -- just look at the difference between your proposed tweet vs. this post. There's much more (and that's good at least in this post) that's good about this post.

Although "I like Twitter and microblogging better than LJ, I get a higher signal/noise ratio in my own stuff." (99 chars) would have been a better tweet than the tiny uninformative summary you came up with ;)

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from: xerhino
date: Jan. 6th, 2009 05:22 am (UTC)

I agree wholeheartedly that each has it's place. I really enjoy your (krows). explanations and expositions. I think the a thesis statement is cool, but often there needs to be more.

I realize you didn't say that you would stop writing longer ideas in a blog, just that you weren't planning on increasing your blogging and would begin tweeting more. I just wanted to let you know I like reading your blog.

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