It's not a goodbye but a see you later!

When I first heard about micro.blog it was instantly something I wanted to check out and I've since spent about two months blogging, posting photos, setting up different integrations, following, replying and so on.

It's been fun and I really want to want to stay, if you know what I mean. But in the end I feel micro.blog is not the right social network or service for me - and since that's the case, there are other lifelog-alternatives that suit my needs better. (See more below).

But I am definitely going to follow the future path of micro.blog and who knows, one day I might return!

So long and thanks for all the posts!

Further thoughts

So, I've given micro.blog it a month or two. But even if I have been enjoying the experience, there are issues, I must admit. Some have to do with micro.blog and it's apps, some are more unique to my particular wants and needs, I'm sure.

My basic challenge is that it's kind of difficult for me to wrap my head around what micro.blog really is, or rather how I can use it.

I think I have to think of it as a blog, rather than a social network or a Twitter-alternative. I know, I know - blogging, it's right there in the name, amirite?

I guess it depends on whether I think of it as a place to log my life and write about my thoughts and experiences, or as a place to share stuff with a (wide) network of friends or followers?

So, it may be that I'm basically just not really shure if micro.blog is the best alternative (for me) - both in terms of the process of writing/sharing and in terms of being the best instance of an indieweb-aligned service? I'm looking at stuff like Mastodon and Diaspora and have a nagging feeling that they might be better suited as a "real" Twitter alternative?

I must admit, though, that I'm not (yet) so caught up on the intricate details of the indieweb that I can tell which of the different services are most kosher. Will have to read a lot more - and I already have a feeling that it's a discussion that will never really be resolved...

Language and social network

There are also a couple of things that don't really have anything to do with micro.blog itself, but come from both the language issues of being Danish and from the general difficulties in establishing a (new) network.

It's quite difficult for me to figure out when to post in Danish and when to post in English. It would probably make the most sense for me to post in Danish if I think of micro.blog as a sort of lifelog - but then most of the micro-community wouldn't understand (and then I might as well just write in Day One or on my own blog).

And if I post in English, first of all it's a bit awkward if the point is a personal log for me, and I'll have a harder time forwarding posts to Twitter because most of the people in my network there are Danish. (And I don't want to be the twat who writes everything in English on a platform where most of the people I interact with are Danish...). I realize, of course, that this is not an issue for the micro.blog community to solve - I'm really just doing a stream of consciousness-evaluation of micro.blog for me...

And finally, I must admit that micro.blog is probably still of a size to make it feel like kind of a tight-knit club, and trying to be a part of it felt a bit too much like a chore without a real purpose. Kinda like trying to be part of a beekeeper club in a new village, when you've just moved there but aren't really very interested in bees (and still work and have the rest of your family at the old place), if that makes sense.

Anyway, I'm rambling.

So, in conclusion: it's been fun, but I'll put things on hold and hope to meet you again sometime 😃

To all of you non-native English speakers on micro.blog - a question!

How do you decide which language to write a post in? (If, like me, you’re from a small country and so have very little chance of many other fellow micro.bloggers who’d understand anything written in Danish, in my case).

This probably also touches on the wider issue of whether micro.blog is a (personal-public) blog or a social network (or rather, which mix of the two), but that’s for another discussion 😀

Feeling a bit stressed. Tried to make an overview of workdays and projects/jobs planned for the next 3-4 months, and it would seem all available days are already full. A privilege, of course, as an independent worker - but also slightly scary. Not much room for flexibility…

Random thought: Yesterday, I heard @marco talk about multiple photo libraries (on ATP, of course) and he used the phrase ‘the real copy’ which has been bouncing around in my head since. I’ve been enough of an academic during the 90s to find that concept superinteresting :-)