For many people, myself included, our online writing over the past several years has consisted mostly of short-form posts on Twitter or Facebook. A status update here, a pithy tweet there, and maybe a picture of something to go with either, and then we’re good for a few hours before the next bit comes along that we want to say or show. If one happens to have a blog, it may get updated once every few months, as if the act of writing more than one paragraph is more effort than we care to exert, or we think blogging is only for long-form posts that are like multi-page magazine articles. Perhaps we don’t think our friends on Facebook or Twitter will want to go to another site to read what we have to say. Perhaps we don’t think we have anything to say that’s longer than 140 characters.
And, yet, I’ve noticed that blogging seems to be slowly making a comeback. People have things to say that don’t fit neatly into single tweets or a quick post on Facebook. They want to be able to write a few paragraphs — not a lot, but not just one — about what’s on their minds. That’s where short-form blogging comes in. Blog posts are longer than tweets and shorter than many magazine articles, occupying that in-between area where it’s okay if a piece is the length of five tweets; it may also be more thought-out and organized. No matter the case, short-form blogging provides more room for creativity and commentary without an expectation of minimum length — the perfect place for someone who has a lot to say about various things and wants the flexibility to say it.
Someone like me.
“But wait!” you say. “There are many people who never stopped blogging.” This is true, and I know a few of them and read the blogs of others. But my own blogging has been stalled for years, and my previous attempts to restart it have consistently failed… until now.
I have a lot to say. It’s time I started saying it.