Life's Like That: Part 1

It has been awhile since I wrote a post that adequately fits into my “Designer Musings” category. In the start-up days of this blog, more than 2 years ago, I had defined this category as “My personal reflection and opinion on Design and the Design Industry”. So as I have not posted in a while I thought that this would be a good time to do some “Designer Musings.”
I often try to keep things here at Design Sojourn less personal, and more factual or educational. But as I don’t really have a personal blog, there is not much of an opportunity for a personal outlet, “blurbage”, or perhaps occasional verbal diarrhea!
Therefore, I have found it very therapeutic micro-blogging (read: ranting or raving) about my personal experiences with design on Twitter.
Often I find it more powerful to make a 2 sentence statement about Design that gets to a more succinct point instead of penning out a long blog post. Twitter is perfect for this sort of expression.
However there are a few things that I’ve noticed on Twitter that is a problem. When you post something on Twitter, what you are doing is creating a “Tweet” that disappears into a river of news as quick as the time it took you to type the 140 character limit on Twitter. Unless you use some 3rd party Twitter tools to archive your “Tweets” on your blog, there is no real permanence to the things you say.
So just like my Design Sojourn blog content policy or commenting policy, I’ve decided to create a Twitter policy. So do follow me on twitter if you are interested in small nuggets of Design gold, random entertainment blurbs and links to porn. (Kidding on that last bit!)
What will happen here is still the same old Design Sojourn goodness, but I will start to share more of my personal design opinions, experiences and an occasional rant or rave. All in more than 140 characters (but less than 500 words) and all for the betterment of the Industrial Design Industry!
Plus I think it is a lot more permanent doing it here on Design Sojourn, rather than Twitter, and best of all I can get and respond to comments, something again Twitter is not good at allowing you to do.
Well that is all I’ve got for you today, so do stay tuned for the next part when we will talk a little more about how “Life’s like that”, at least from my point of view! 🙂

  • DT

    April 29, 2008 at 4:07 pm Reply

    Hi Cat,
    I have that exact same problem. I have actually removed people who post too frequently, and have very little value added information. Their frequent blurbs just get in the way of Tweets of people I want to follow.
    Thanks for the vote of confidence, I think just like Facebook, people will get over Twitter, and come back to their old trusty rusty blog.
    I think you hit the nail on the head with “filling”. Something like fried chicken, good but dangerous when you have too much of it.

  • cat

    April 29, 2008 at 12:43 pm Reply

    I see the same problem on twitter. And since my timezone is different than most of the people I have on my twitter feed, I’m always coming in behind recent twitter news. Or (I assume) not at all.
    And I get an awful lot of tweets from people up late, partying. Which can be quite fun, but it’s not filling.
    So count me in for your audience for twitter-like (but longer) posts (yet more filling).
    (and yes, I followed this over from your twitter).

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