21 Mar

A website’s your best bet

Jeremiah Tolbert speaks truth here. I see more and more people falling back on almost exclusively using social media platforms. But what happens when they fall out of favor, fragment, go away, lock down, or fuck you over? Remember when everyone had to be on Myspace (I remember authors who bet everything on their Myspace presence).

It’s true, to some extent, that if you’re amazing enough all you need is to write. That’s the core.

But if you are putting your thoughts up online somewhere for people to read, to connect, then consider the long term consequences.

With your own website, you can easily add links to other things people can check out if they’re digging your words. You can build the traffic up and always keep it there, your own castle. And with RSS, you can beam out into Livejournal, tumblr, twitter, Facebook, or anywhere else. It’s the core of your spiderweb.

“A web­site (and thus your RSS feed) is some­thing you own and con­trol, for the most part (let’s not get into seman­tics about own­ing domain names and so forth).  It’s an out­post on that wild, untamed open web, a place where the rules are a lot thin­ner than Facebook and Twitter.  It seems safer to stay within their lit­tle ecosys­tems, and they’ve done a great job of mak­ing it seem easy and close to free;  but you’re not the cus­tomer there; you are the prod­uct, as Charlie Stross (and per­haps oth­ers?) famously pointed out.”

(Via Why a Website (and RSS) Is Still Your Best Bet | JeremiahTolbert.com.)

To this end I’ve actually changed a number of my behaviors. I’ve been testing out better ways to blog short snippets and thoughts while mobile and from my phone (instead of just going straight to twitter).

You can expect to see a lot more stuff just going straight to this blog first, and then from there everywhere else. It’ll mean more blogging, shorter blogging, and so forth. But with it all here, it will allow me to easily come back and find it (via tags and categories, and my blog’s search engine). So it serves as an outboard brain. And no matter what hiccups come with social media, I will be secure.