Keeping social on a blog?

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I started using Micro.blog a little while ago now and although I don’t use it as a Twitter alternative, I do use it to post small updates to my blog. When I experimented with it a while ago I found that being off Twitter so much more helped me be more creative and gain more followers to my blog as my content went there instead.

My main issue with this was the lack of interaction as readers don’t tend to like to comment on blogs as there are more barriers to entry.

So I’m going to make the following changes for a month or so so see what happens and if I get some more headspace back.

  • Delete the Twitter apps from my iPhone
  • Check Twitter once or twice a week (instead of multiple times a day) for interactions on my content
  • Post updates to my blog from Micro,blog, not long form but smaller updates on how things are going

See you on the blog.

Leaving Twitter?

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I use Tweetbot and lots of filters but I’m still being shown hate or political posts I don’t want to see. I also feel compelled to read threads, something that’s very bad for all of us.

You may be able to take social media comments with a pinch of salt but for me right now I can’t.

So I’m taking a break from Twitter, this is the first step to maybe moving off the platform permanently.

I’m still going to be sharing my thoughts but I’ll be much more focussed on doing it via blog posts like these.

For those people that know me, I’ll still be on the various slack channels and iMessage threads.

I’ll also be adding a contact page to my blog in case anyone wants to reach out for anything.

Let’s see how long I last.

I’m finally free from Facebook

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At the beginning of the year I’d decided I’d had enough of contributing to Zuckerberg’s empire and made a decision to leave Facebook. I knew I’d miss updates from my friends but mostly my feed was manipulated anyway just to see (almost always negative) news, which wasn’t good for my general wellbeing. This on top of the privacy concerns and their apparent lack of valuing anyone was the final straw. My problem was that I’d removed my phone number but two factor was still turned on. I was locked out.

I didn’t use it for 11 months, I had an inactive account. As far as Facebook was concerned I wasn’t an active user, this is a good thing to hurt their numbers. My issue was my data was still there. Well this weeks revelations was enough for me to sit down and figure my account out. I had to send in a redacted passport, removing all my info aside from the basic they needed. Within 5 minutes I had access again.

I checked my feed and notifications and then download my photos in an archive. Something to be fair Facebook make easy. Once I had this archive (html) downloaded to iCloud I proceeded to delete my account.

I was free, well not quite.

I also had an instagram account, something I quite like using. I had to stick by my principles on this one and deleted that too.

I can get my photo fix elsewhere, it wasn’t worth keeping my account and supporting this immoral company anymore.

So, end of 2018 and I’m finally free of using any Facebook properties – it feels great!

Swapping social media for a blog?

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Having played with Micro.blog a little and disconnecting slowly from social media I asked myself, could I swap social media with my blog?

It’s what I’ve always done in the past before social to share my thoughts and since most networks are toxic these days it might be time to retreat back. I’d still share links via Twitter but that’s all it’s used for, a conduit for linking to content.

I’ve not used Facebook since January 2018 and deleted my Instagram account several times, currently considering removing it completely. I don’t think I could delete my Twitter account as it’s where the majority of my readers are but if I share links still then I should have my bases covered.

So I’m going to try an experiment of using WordPress + Micro.blog to serve my social needs. You’ll still see links posted on Twitter but I’m not planning on spending much time on there at all. I’ll also look at enabling comments on my blog.

Here goes another one of my little experiments.

Figuring out my use of social networks

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Wow, my iPhone has suddenly gotten full of social networking apps. I’m struggling a bit to keep up to be honest. Here’s what I’m currently doing.

  • Facebook: no active account
  • Instagram: no account at all
  • Twitter: used for sharing my posts, replying to tweets and checking engagement
  • Mastodon: Starting to replace Twitter as my day to day, what’s happening in my world
  • Micro.blog: Linked to my blog, potentially replaces Mastodon but I’m still experimenting

Phew…