The uses of social media

I’ve been posting things to Google+, things too long for Twitter. The kinds of things, frankly, I post here in lists. Which is leading me to ponder what to use this blog for.

I think I’d like to use it for longer essays and more reflective pieces. But, frankly, those don’t come about that often. Maybe once a month, if I’m lucky. And blogs that don’t post very often don’t thrive, as it were. Not that I think I have a huge following or anything like that! But I know that SOME people read my blog. And, would they, if the post rate went down to once a month or less, but the kind of thing was longer and more thoughtful essays?

I have to say, I am enjoying posting the little blips of stuff to Google+. There are FAR more people reading that, it seems, and I get little replies from many, many more people. There must be something about the difficulty threshold of Google+ that is significantly lower than on this blog. I mean, if I post a little snippet here about a kid being sick, no-one says anything. I post something there, and three people say something. NOT that I am looking for the comments or feedback on whether M is ill! But it is interesting. Is it that following a blog is done via an rss-reader, and that increases the difficulty threshold of making comments? (You have to click on a link to go to the website.) Is there something psychological, wherein a blog is more “serious” and one doesn’t post minor comments? Is it that a blog feels like someone else’s territory, and Google+ feels like a common, shared space? I’m not sure.

In other news, I killed my Foursquare and LinkedIn accounts this week. I never use them.