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It’s been a while.

I drifted away from, drifted away from my Wordpress blog, drifted away from my nascent attempt at a commonplace blog on another blogging platform. Then life happened, work happened, interests changed, and I returned to the comfort zones of Twitter and Instagram.

My initial swoon over the indieweb in general, and in particular, cooled when I realized that (1) I was unable to coax anybody I knew in real life to join me there for an extensive length of time, (2) my interests were becoming aligned more with communities on Twitter, and (3) I began to feel uncomfortable with sharing family photos to a public and unrestricted venue. Also, I grew weary of dealing with my self-hosted blogs and all the effort it took to maintain them. I have a lot of love and respect for the indieweb world, but as far as I’m concerned, most of it seems to be cut out for people who have a lot more time and geek bandwidth than I will ever have.

So, I’m doing the following:

  • Scrapping my Wordpress and Blot sites.
  • Continuing very sporadic posting on Twitter (I lurk, mostly) and private posting of personal and family snapshots on an Instagram account that’s limited to a handful of friends.
  • Reworking my presence as more of a linkblog and commonplace book for collecting ideas (providing longer-form excerpts of things I find in the digital and analog worlds). It’ll include an occasional photo (but generally not personal family snapshots). Personally, I’m shifting my mindset on away from the social aspect (and any anxiety over responses or being featured in the “Discover” section), though I’ll keep this account on the timeline for now and still welcome exchanges with fellow Micro.bloggers on the site.
  • Linking my site to my personal domain,
  • Creating another site to support my longtime (and growing) interest in Catholic spirituality. (UPDATE: It’s up. Introducing!)

No, it’s not a pure indieweb approach. But I like it right now. Let’s see how it goes.