I am seeing a rash of â€œadviceâ€ on how to â€œthink upâ€ blog posts. No doubt this is a result of the Twitter popularity. I hate gimmicks. Much of the advice given about â€œincreasing your blog outputâ€ is irritating to me. Why? Because the point of a blog is to speak your mind. I see so many twitter posts that make some comment, but there is no blog or background to let the reader in on what lies behind that comment. Here is a good and natural reason to â€œstart a blogâ€: out of oneâ€™s Twitter usage.
For me, and many other veteran bloggers, it was blogs (and their RSS feeds) first. Twitter brought to the masses a way to post quick updates, and even news happening in front of or discovered by the tweeter. So blogs for me was a big reason to jump into Twitter in a big way. It has definitely DECREASED my checking in on RSS feeds. Itâ€™s like an RSS feed moderated by the authors of the RSS feed content.
Ironically, the article that started me on this little rant was one that was tweeted by title â€œHow to think of Blog Postsâ€ , but the author (one of my favorites in the world of Social Media, Chris Brogan) actually did something with that similar to what I would say, In a nutshell, put down your thoughts and your reactions. Other blogs (and now tweets, often pointing to blogs) and articles on the Web provide me with much of my blog fodder. Thatâ€™s why I am so interested in â€œBlog Thisâ€ plugins for browsers that allow me to highlight something I want to quote and open it in a quote style for my blog, provide the link to the source, and also auto title the post based on the original title. I now have a WordPress plugin that turns around and posts a twitter update like this : â€œNew blog post: Title of Post (url of post shortened by bit.ly)â€â€¦â€¦there was a plugin that promised that it would post comments back to the blog from any retweets of that blog post, but that plugin failed to work, but I love that idea. Anything which helps me weave a more robust, listening, engaged presence is something in which Iâ€™m very much interested.