I’ve tried a few times to write ad hoc content for the web, but usually end up with something too flabby to maintain. Micro.blog by @manton seems like the start of a potential solution.
I want to keep content short and focused while possibly collecting smaller posts into something larger, syndicating it elsewhere if needed, and retaining ownership of the original:
- I’m starting with @ulyssesapp and an External Folder git repository–Working Copy’s edit-in-place Document Provider makes this workable even on iOS.
- RSS feeds will differentiate new writing based on length. A shorter-content feed will be used as the seed for Micro.blog, automatically cross-posting to Twitter.
- I’ll use Jekyll Categories to automatically aggregate tweetstorm-like threads of shorter posts into a single page, eg: fernseed.org/microblogging
- This longer-content feed will then be parsed as a Medium Publication at medium.fernseed.org, ideally making it more discoverable.
Whether read on fernseed.org, Micro.blog, Twitter, Medium or elsewhere, all content will originate in my own local git repository which can easily be hosted elsewhere as needed.
I’m hopeful that overall this approach has low enough friction and wide enough reach to keep it interesting and sustainable.