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March 8th, 2015

Blogging as a diary

“Blogging is to writing what extreme sports are to athletics: more free-form, more accident-prone, less formal, more alive. It is, in many ways, writing out loud.” -- Andrew Sullivan

Well, I gave it a go -- posting up my Soundcloud micro-podcast to Livejournal - and then sharing across my various social media platforms. But what I hadn’t expected was zero visibility on the Android app -- I mean none -- and a really poor picture/play button on the web.

Perhaps I’m being too fussy but I don’t think so. (Compare this to recording a podcast to Soundcloud and then posting up to Tumblr. Not only does it look nice from the inside (the rudimentary CMS) but it works a treat both on mobile and desktop.)

I suppose none of this would have been necessary had I not decided to write my daily musings to juliansummerhayes.com. Of course, I could abandon Livejournal but I think that would be a grave abdication on my part.

If I’m honest, I’m not sure where this leaves me. I’m likely to try Mixcloud and Audioboom just to see if either works on Livejournal, but, I suspect, in the end, I’ll have to leave them each to their respective platforms, and write something to Livejournal (with the occasional photo).

I wish I knew the reason for this apparent clunkiness. I suspect, although it’s conjecture, it’s to do with the amount of money in the development phase that or some silly spat where no one wants to cooperate with each other to unify the end-user experience. All I know is that I can’t write two daily posts, one to Livejournal and one to juliansummerhayes.com and will have to make do with a much more relaxed approach where I show up when I show up, even if that means I revert to a kind of diary -- daily, weekly or monthly.

Sorry to mess you all about but I thought I would try to let you know what was going on inside my blogging world.

Have a wonderful Sunday.

I've nearly finished this book but I can honestly say it's one of the most profound books I've ever read. Thank you Charles. Bless you for sharing your wisdom.

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