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I’m Still Tweeting Though. Why?

Didn’t I just say I’d stop tweeting?

This post is an experiment in using Twitter to hash out thoughts and points for a blog post. So far, so good!

:book: thoughts :bookmark: twitter, review :clock7: :clock10: updated :clock3: about 7 minutes

This post is an experiment in using Twitter to hash out thoughts and points for a blog post. So far, so good!

I said I was going to blog more. And to an extent, I did. I wrote a bit more frequently. But I ended up breaking down and writing out a few 5+ tweet threads about things I could have expanded on here. Why? Because it’s so easy to write a tweet after tweet after tweet. What’s going to stop me?

And then the ease of using Twitter to write out a tweet versus my current (but favored) setup for handling my blog posts:

Of course, there’s a difference in perhaps the quality of content provided as well as the detail that could be provided (unless it’s accompanied by video, which is something I do rarely here). Twitter makes it easy to break up a thought into a series of thoughts (which is what most of my blog posts have essentially been), no matter how confusing or jumbled up that might be.

There’s always the idea of starting a thread of sorts, but not divulging deeply into your thoughts on Twitter. The rest of the thread (and perhaps a rehashing of the thoughts made in the 140 limit) could be done in a blog post. Of course, there’s the angle of visibility1:

There is the notion that with Medium’s ability to provide screenshots of highlighted text and with one’s follower base2 that classical blogging3 is heading down the river of uselessness. This is something I wouldn’t want Medium to bask in all of the fun for. If anything, we could take a look at some of their features and see if they can either implemented in a useful way for each blog. In-line commenting is becoming more of a thing and I, as a frequent footnoting kind of blogger, love it. I know of Thoughtbot’s solution for inline commenting via its product Carnival. It looks pretty compelling of a means to provide inline commenting4 (sans the lack of love for Firefox on Linux :sob:):

TODO: Fix this tag{: .present}

One of the values that inline commenting provides is the ability to reply in a condensed, tweet sized response. Of course, if it has to be longer, there’s the whole “write a post as an reply” stance, which is something Medium leverages. Medium obviously has the advantage of this working well since every ‘blog’ is contained to its platform; any extra functionality can be added to these blogs with no real complication. I have no idea (yet) how someone would incorporate this into something like Wordpress or Tumblr but I am interested in figuring it out for the latter5.

This begs the question of whether or not you’d want to be that social butterfly with your blog. If so, Medium is your best bet:

My particular use case is different. I write my posts in Markdown and then generate the static version of this site using Jekyll. So how would I get something like this for my site? Better question, why does this even matter?

Keeping People Here But Over There As Well

If I had the ability to engage people on my site whilst keeping the conversation as something that one could interact with on Twitter as well; I wouldn’t feel as guilty for wanting to hash out some tweets and write a post. The guilt lies in my feeling that the audience loses out from a shortened and jumbled stream of thoughts. Threads on Twitter have gotten better to view on mobile and desktop but it doesn’t fare too well when you make tangents in conversations. Those tangents tend to be a means of expanding on that point.

This led to the whole idea of hammering Carnival to allow for comments made as tweetable comments as well, provided that they are of an acceptable size. Again, this is a deviation from the original thought of this post: how can I feel less guilty of tweeting whilst still writing on my own blog?

The baggage of the world...

Separation of Topics

I have to keep in mind that sometimes, concise is better. Even I prefer having the short version of a story instead of fussing with a whole extended form. Things like time, energy and vetting whether or not if it’s worth the previous two items come into play here. I’m still working on a good way to measure this.

Breathing and Tweeting

A bit like the separation of topics, sometimes, shit’s not worth writing a whole 1,000+ word thing about it. My post tends to average around 600 words6 so short writing is my thing. Tweeting is also. I don’t know if there’s a tool since http://www.howoftendoyoutweet.com/ is down, but I know that I do it too often and it’s mostly manually7. Another site did provide me with some interesting graphs for the month of September:

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I tweet a lot. That’s a bit over 25 tweets in an hour if I did in a 8 hour window.

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This graph is the one I wanted the most: how often I tweeted in relation to other days. It also exposes my non-conventional sleeping cycle. I take longer sleeps for close to 4 hours in the evening and attempt to catch naps in the late evening either around 6pm to 8pm. Without those naps though (and being in this freelance state of mind), I tend to wake up about an hour later and thus nixing chances to catch up on news, go run, etc.

Most of my tweets are just bits and pieces of my personality. I mention this a lot to people in person but I use Twitter as voraciously as I would engage in conversation had I been sitting in front of you. Might not be the best means of the platform’s use, but it’s an ingrained habit now.


I wouldn’t say nor do I think there’s enough evidence to say that tweeting has killed the blogging platform. They exist together and at the moment, Medium has found a way to bridge the two very nicely. The thing for me now is to figure out as I tweet:

  1. By now, I think you’ve noticed that all of the linked tweet are part of a thread :grin:

  2. Or more-so, their ‘loyal’ content distributors. 

  3. Be it on your own installation of Wordpress, Blogger, Tumblr or what have you. 

  4. One could go as far as to provide as a means for hooking in tweet replies here. That would be a compelling feature in itself. 

  5. Tumblr, when used for long form text, rocks. 

  6. This is off the top of my head, not an accurate measure. 

  7. I did find this site, http://www.tweetstats.com/status/jackyalcine