As a result of an epiphany about blogging I had a few weeks back, I am now micro-blogging on Pinterest and Instagram (also Facebook, Twitter, and Google+). What I realized was that the common conception that blogging is dead is not exactly true. Yes, blogs are dead in 2018, but blogging is still alive and well – it’s just that the activity formerly known as blogging is now carried out on social media. This is why we see 30-tweet chains on Twitter and 500 word rants on Facebook; for all intents and purposes, the social networks are also blogging platforms (this includes Youtube).
Once I figured out that blogging had moved to social media, I decided that I should follow the crowd and try micro-blogging on the various networks.
That decision was my first step in coming up with the idea for my daily #TechForAuthors micro-blog posts. These are tweet-length tech tips that I have been publishing on FB, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest since the middle of August.
The posts consist of a snippet, a screensnap of the text, and a tag. They look something like this:
TIP: If you've ever noticed a post was deleted from your site, and wanted to get that post back without restoring from a backup, I may have a solution. The Internet Archive regularly scans and backs up most websites, and it might have a copy of your missing post#TechForAuthors pic.twitter.com/jvSLLpNvFk
— Nate Hoffelder (@thDigitalReader) September 10, 2018
I’m still working on making the posts more useful and appealing, and I would appreciate any feedback you can provide. I want these posts to be helpful, and I’d love any suggestions that could bring me even one step closer.