How Micro.blog Saved My Writing
6 of #100DaysToOffload
When a relationship breaks down, we tend to question ourselves.
We relive mistakes and ask for another chance. Sometimes we get a second chance, only to regret going back.
That's how it was with #Twitter.
I was an avid Twitter user for four years, and, like some relationships, it took a lot of work. I spent hours every day weeding out fake followers and looking for real people who didn't want to sell me something.
But when you spend more time and money on Twitter than on #writing, something's wrong.
So Twitter got the boot.
Unfortunately, like failed relationships, I decided to give it another go. Last February, I tried again, but the effort wasn't worth it.
The Twitter Swamp
Twitter is so noisy and full of self-promotion, advertisements, and news feeds.
Thanks to tools like SocialJukeBox, Buffer, and Hootsuite, users can machine-gun out scheduled tweets morning, noon, and night, drowning out genuine engagement.
When I had over 1000 followers, engagement occurred with a few people. This year I reached 145 in a few months and only regularly engaged with one, a fellow runner. On Twitter, if you engage with a few, the algorithms ensure that's who you mainly see.
I believed the illusion that if you have a blog, you need to be on Twitter.
What a load of crap.
I need to write.
Not drown in a social media soup.
One fine day, I was setting up my new Feedbin account. Looking at their list of integrated services, I noticed Micro.blog.
My curiosity was piqued.
Love at First Read
My heart raced.
Here we have a #blogging platform, a hosting service, an enthusiastic community of microbloggers, and a safe place to write; all rolled into one platform.
I signed up immediately.
Micro.blog is everything Twitter could have been. The platform respects writers, content ownership, uses a business model that ensures longevity and promotes conversation and mutual respect.
Let me spotlight one vital difference.
When I publish a micro post, I am writing, not tweeting. It's subtle, but a fundamental difference.
On Twitter, a micro post is no more than a tweet.
My definition of a tweet is: A pebble dropped into the Atlantic.
On Micro.blog, posts can be whatever you want; a photo, a link, an opinion piece, or a daily journal entry.
The community of microbloggers is as varied as on any platform; respectful, tolerant, genuine, entertaining, and a pleasure to engage.
- No ads
- No auto-posting machines
- Supports the Open web / no silos
- Actively encourages blogging
- Cross-posting friendly
- Also enables long-form posts
- Developed by a committed team
By showing me there is a different side to the web, Micro.blog has saved my writing.
Micro.blog embodies a web that isn't about silos and paywalls, a side that encourages freedom of expression while promoting respect and dignity for all users.
Micro.blog also unlocked a chain of events.
The return to #microblogging meant not everything I write needs to be a four-minute read. I now blog every day because micro-sized articles matter again.
Micro.blog listed Mastodon in its list of supported platforms. So like Feedbin, one app relationship led to another. Mastodon is now my social network of choice.
Some of Micro.blog's users promoted #100DaysToOffload, leading me to Write.as.
Closing my Twitter account was the best thing I ever did for my writing.
The action led me to Micro.blog, Mastodon and Write.as.
What more could a blogger want?