Intentional bloggers

Hi Colin, I appreciated your post about the scale of social networks and how fits in the picture.

I prefer reading people’s blog posts above all else. I’ve lost interest in learning about all the minutiae of people’s lives that has come to characterize social media use in general, mostly because I’ve lost interest in sharing all the minutiae of my life. I’m not trying to sound elitist here: I am intrigued to no end when people post thoughtful ideas, crafting and deliberately presenting their thinking. But I can’t be intentional about with my time if I devote my all time to following the lives of people who aren’t demonstrating intentionality with their time.

For me, presents the opportunity to find some bloggers who are doing interesting work and who also happen to share my values about fostering an open and independent web. I use more as a gateway, or a hub, than a ‘platform’ per se. It is like dropping by a dinner party where you know you are likely to find some people with common interests. But day in day out, RSS is where I live, because it’s where people take the effort to flush ideas out and hone their thinking. This, to me, seems like a much more intentional use of my time than what has become an almost ‘universal’ social timeline experience. The beautiful thing about to me is that finding the person is synonymous with finding their RSS feed.

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  1. In reply to: Intentional bloggers – James Shelley
    Framing as a gateway where “finding the person is synonymous with finding their RSS feed” is perfect, after all, the timeline is a glorified RSS reader with social features.
    But, once it starts getting more populated it becomes an unmanageable way of following specific voices so transplanting them to a traditional reader becomes a must.
    I don’t think that this approach without the minutiae is elitist, more a natural progression to being “post social” – we (as a society) tried that, took it to extremes, but I think that’s run its course and it is time to focus.
    This is also where I diverge from the full indieweb experience espoused by some where you must own everything and have it all on your own site. That level of control doesn’t appeal to me and if it’s not something I want to own it’s generally not something I create and won’t exist at all.

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