In recent months I’ve been using social networking sites like Twitter more than good old fashioned blogging as a way of getting my daily online fix. When I found Sweetcron, which is an aggregation come blogging platform it seemed the ideal way to catalogue all the stuff I was up to. Sweetcron is also really cool to fool around with and customise so it happily kept me amused for a few months. I could have an effective daily feed of things I was doing and it was almost like blogging by proxy. I even set up its own sub-domain to give the thing a home. My Lifestream ((The original stream image in this post was created by Trey Ratcliff))was born.
Well. I’ve decided to stop using it and here’s why.
Too Many Blogs!
I keep realising (and then forgetting and then re-realising) that if I set-up too many personal sites or blogs, I spread myself out way too thinly. I’m not the most prolific of bloggers at the best of times and if I’ve got to race round updating multiple sites, I’m just not going to and indeed didn’t bother. My Sweetcron site somehow became my lazy-blog. I knew I could fire off a few tweets here and there and the blog gods would be happy because I was doing my bit. So then this site site right here becomes like a ghost town. I even started giving out my Sweetcron address as the URL of my web-site. I’m such a cheat.
What’s sort of swung it for me are a couple of reasons. The first is that the Sweetcron Author himself has stopped using his own software and cites the impersonality of lifestreaming as one of the reasons. He’s actually moved onto Posterous as his blogging platform and makes regular updates. The second reason is that there’s a now a Lifestream Plugin for WordPress. I’ve installed it and without doing any customisation it already looks pretty neat. You can see it on this page. I’ll probably try and get my own style going there when I can get round to it but like I say, it looks pretty much OK as it is.
So What Now?
So, now that the Sweetcron site has bit the dust I’ll have to write in here more. I’m still going to have more than one site running but this place here will be for personal stuff. A proper blog with the attraction of an added Lifestream. I’m going to build a second site for geeky/linuxy/webby stuff and that will be more the start of business enterprise. We’ll see what happens. I’m going to need to find another income stream anyway since The Form Analyst has now closed its doors and is becoming a free site. Which kinda sucks!
Onwards and upwards…