Fitting into my “social” flow

I’ve been pretty bad about posting new things here; I’m falling into outlet overload, I think. I follow Twitter and post there while I’m at work, but hardly ever when I’m at home; this is mostly because I monitor Twitter all day for work-related things and maintain the school’s official account @BSUNews. My personal use of Twitter really sprang from starting the work account; I needed to get a handle on how it worked because I was told “start this for us.” Facebook I’m pretty good about keeping updated all the time, from work and from home; updating Facebook is easy to do from my phone when I’ve got a photo to throw up, and I have it open constantly just out of habit because my friends seem to be in the same habit – so Facebook offers some instant gratification.

That leaves I like it here; I really do. I just struggle to know what to do with it sometimes. I let that “Soundtrack of my Life” thing stall for a few months because, while it was and still is kindof a cool thing, I honestly just got bored with it — and that was supposed to be the one thing that’d ensure I was posting something here at least weekly. I like keeping my comic book reviews here; it makes them feel more “mine” instead of just living on the forums at Terrordrome. I haven’t done a single thing with that awesome new toy I found that allows for piece-of-cake Twitter integration yet. I never got into a groove with bookmark sharing, mostly because my RSS reader habits are “read it once and forget about it” with very rare second visits to any material that I run across. So I hardly ever think to bookmark anything, let alone take that next step of actually sharing the bookmarks. I’ve even written about work-related stuff on here, albeit only once.

So I’ve got this blog, that I really like, that I really want to continue to have, but it’s a mish-mash of all kinds of crap with no focus and no purpose other than a mind-dump for a bunch of really random and mostly disconnected stuff — the only common thread is that it’s all “me” somehow. But I never can get into a flow of updating it regularly. This has quite honestly been the case with me ever since I built my first personal website on Kansas State’s web servers (good ol’ back in 1994. Also, I’m amazingly cautious about posting anything work-related that could be remotely controversial; the whole “fired for a blog post” phenomenon just makes that far too much of a risk, and I’ve never really been the sort of personality to run a Dooce blog and put my entire life up here for all to see. I don’t write about deeply personal stuff either; I have a friend who does, and I *love* reading her; she’s a fantastic writer. I’m just not brave enough to do what she’s doing, especially on a site with my name at the top. 🙂 It’s made me consider an anonymous blog somewhere, but then I wonder what the point of that would be.

So I’ve got this blog. And I continue to have no idea what to do with it. I’ll keep throwing things at the wall every now and then, I guess, and we’ll see what sticks.

Andy Bartlett

By day, I am the executive director of communications and marketing at Bemidji State University. The rest of the time, I'm a husband, father of three, and proponent of super heroes, lasers, space ships and explosions.

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