This year I decided that I had to adopt a modified approach to blogging. Why? – because microblogging platforms like Twitter have radically changed the speed of information sharing, and social sharing/communicating products like Facebook have embedded the idea of social exchange.
A blog is now a place for reflection for me, a place for sharing of special finds, making comments, or just having fun – things that take a little planning perhaps? While it is easy enough to use tools such as ScribeFire, or Writely or iPad’s BlogPress, or other blog enhancing tools, the point of the exercise for me is not so much about speeding up writing a post so much as expanding on the way I can share ideas/information.
So I’ve tidied up my social networking icons on my blog here, and included a new one pointing to Amplify. Now I have two key tools that suit my needs. My main blog here – and my neat little adjunct to blogging at Amplify! I can clip, share and spark conversation via Amplify.
Amplify lets me decide how I want to share; allows me to add a bit of commentary; and also lets me auto-post to twitter, facebook and many more.
When I started blogging I thought hard about what I wanted to write – and mostly the posts were about information sharing of some kind. Now, in a digital social media world I would have to blog frantically to keep up! I already share direct from my RSS feeds – but the added advantage of Amplify is the ability to add commentary, thoughts, or prompts to the reader, while also keeping a record of my own notes for myself.
OK, I admit, I don’t use the social networking features of Amplify – I don’t need them really right now. This is another thing I like! I really dislike tools that force me to use them in one way only. Amplify doesn’t insist that I get into the social sharing aspect – so somethings I do, but mostly I don’t!
Many use Posterous and other tools to do something similar for reflections ‘on the side’. Works really well, especially when they are ‘thinkers’.
Me? I’m more of an information sharing kind of person – so Amplify suits me just fine – and I hope it suits you too as I keep using it for now.
Go on – follow what I’m reading on Amplify.com!
- Amplify, which began as a clipper, improves as social site. Amplify adds scheduling and more auto post capacity. (carol-sandy1.blogspot.com)
- The rise of mini-blogging in 2011: Tumblr will continue to soar (rossdawsonblog.com)
- Choosing the Right Blog Posting Software For You (devicemag.com)