Ideas of March

by jperras

Four years ago when I started using a micro-blogging service, I revelled in the sheer simplicity and low barrier to communicating my thoughts. Blogging, in that era, seemed like a historical vestige on the verge of being consumed and overtaken by the rapid fire, real-time tweets of my peers. I jumped on that bandwagon, and never looked back. Until now.

Like my friend Chris (and many others), I am reminded of the time when we used to have productive and lengthy discussions in and around blog posts. Moreover, I am reminded of the fact that when I truly need to find some snippet of information or tutorial on a particular web-related topic, the solution is rarely found in multiples of one hundred forty characters.

Now, I’m not ditching Twitter. Micro-blogging does serve a very important role (and I was reminded of this during the recent tsunami/earthquake in Japan) in the effective transmission of near real-time information, but I miss the asynchronous nature of blogs and the less ephemeral nature of the community that surrounds them. It’s about time that I do something to remedy that.

For the rest of the month of March, I will be posting at least two articles per week on various different tech-related topics, with the intent on starting a habit of regular, informative blogging, and I hope that you will join me in this endeavour. I hope and believe that the long term rewards will far outweigh the short term investment in time and effort.

Let’s try and move the conversations we have from being limited by the bits and bytes of tweets to sentences and paragraphs.