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Posts can have meaning and purpose even if there is no audience, it’s all down to the intent of the author. If they do happen to land “with someone in some useful way” then that’s a bonus.

This reminds me of Clive Thompson’s discussion of the way in which even the worst bloggers make use smarter:

Just as we now live in public, so do we think in public. And that is accelerating the creation of new ideas and the advancement of global knowledge.

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Part of what I want to do with the blog this time around is to further explore my depression and the reasons for it. Not to dwell on it but to acknowledge it in the hope that gaining a true understanding may help release me.

In doing so, I hope it also helps the wider conversation and, perhaps, encourages others to speak out or, at least, admit to themselves they might have a problem.

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My mind is already racing with the possibilities of what I could write or do with my next obsession but this spark is tempered by the knowledge that, in six months or a year, it could have burnt out, exhausted. I face it with a good dose of trepidation but know I’ll dive in all the same, consumed by a passion, blinkered to almost all else.

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Ideas are the seeds we plant; some may fall on stony ground but the lucky few find the fertile soils of curious minds just as our minds become incubators for the seeds of others.

As these ideas grow so we take cuttings and offshoots, replant them and let them develop in new, interesting ways. Sometimes they will seem the same but there will be nuance. They may share language or tread the same ground but there will always be variance, just as different cuttings from the same plant will adapt to conditions in a new environment.

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One of the things I want to look at (and hopefully do justice to) is how we went from dreading the home slideshows of other people’s holidays to ravenous consumers of holiday snaps and more shared on social networks. The change has been nothing short of remarkable.

I remember going overseas fifteen years ago. I borrowed my parents camera. While away I had the images on the SD card transferred to CD. This was not only so I had a backup and could delete a few, but also so that I could share the actual disk with other people I was away with, as they were from a different hemisphere. Times have certainly changed.

I think that what is lost is the storytelling that is associated with the slideshows. Now we just seem to presume other people know where we have been or what we are up to.

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The more I think about it the more I feel we need a shift to the personal side of the equation, the side where we know people and they genuinely matter to each other.

It is amazing that, in real time, we can speak to someone on the other side of the world in any number of ways but this globalisation has come at the expense of “local” on both interpersonal and societal levels.

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Right and true are formed by consensus – some will align with me, others with John, but when true consensus cannot be achieved we are left with opinion.

That’s fine, we seek opinions to educate ourselves and to gain affirmation of our own, but when we blindly reject those that don’t provide that affirmation we tread a slippery slope.

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Maybe it’s just because I have put myself in a particular position – with and the Indieweb movement – but I see a thriving community of individuals, bloggers, looking to retake control of their online presence.Adam described the interview as “hard going” and on my first read though I only got as far as the following quote about talking to a high school class:

“When they ask…

I wasn’t there in the halycon days and only really started blogging after blogging supposedly died, but I like your point Colin about hibernation. I POSSE now, but I imagine a movement where people use their blogs to connect and communicate with other blogs.
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Having blogs as places to think out loud we can pool our resources. By following blogs we outsource the gathering of these snippets and they are buffered for easier perusal in the outboard memories of others, ready to be raided at our leisure.

But, in doing so, we should not forget our own, not forget to load up our memories from time to time to keep at least some of them fresh that we may be inspired.

Nice reflection Colin. I find it interesting the way that focuses and intents associated with blogging develop and evolve over time. Although I do sometimes go back to my Twitter feed to find past conversations, I agree with you that it is a bit of dumping spot. For a long time my habit has been to save links to Diigo and shared on Twitter. Is Diigo my ‘Commonplace Book’?

Bringing my processes in house and then POSSEing has actually made me a lot more mindful

  • A. of what I share
  • B. the notes, quotes and tags associated with this

It has also led to a lot more internal linking. I think that this practice is a continuation of what I started with my Wikity and curated newsletter. I think that the challenge is to continually “apply what you learn“. In the end, I wonder if an element of blogging is located in the present. As Clive Thompson suggests:

Having an audience can clarify thinking. It’s easy to win an argument inside your head. But when you face a real audience, you have to be truly convincing.(wired)