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Mon, Jun. 27th, 2011, 08:37 pm
To Cross The Streams, Or Not To

::tap:: ::tap:: ::tap::
"Is this thing on?"

So . . . yeah. I've been pretty quiet for a while.

Lots of reasons for that, and thankfully enough of them were good reasons that it has balanced the bad reasons. Iliana Wednesday Eliot Brown was born March 30th, having decided that another month wait was just not going to do. Dylan continues to be an awesome teenager, alternating between astounding maturity and intentionally childish absurdity, sometimes in the span of a sentence or less. The job with National Instruments failed to go full-time just after Christmas, but I've launched into a new position with InfoChimps, which is far closer aligned to my interests: full of heady challenges on bleeding edge technologies.

But Reesa's back in the hospital, because during the unscannable months of pregnancy cancer took root in her spine and hip, and the chemo and radiation treatments didn't catch it quick enough to avoid a massive cascade of pain and mobility loss. She's recovering, but its slow and frustrating going for her and everyone around her. Between that, last year, and all the other surprise drains on my energy, I hit a wall of exhaustion. In true Eliot fashion, I've been head-butting through it, but at the expense of some of my image (hah!) as a polite and gentle soul.

On the gripping hand1: there's a good team here, in several respects. It's all mashed up of smaller teams, and the coordination problems and hurt reactions can make it hard to see it working, sometimes. But it's there, and part of what keeps being promised to me is space and time to recuperate.

And since writing is one of my outlets, I should probably get it going again. However, I'm at a bit of an impasse here. The trend in blogging has been toward blogs with a single topic, and that seems to the most sensible response to the state of the technology and the art; there just aren't enough readers and platforms that allow per-topic subscription to allow for multi-topic blogs. But the alternative is that I make three or more blogs, all of which get 1/3 of my already meager writing time.

So what do you think? I can see a few alternatives:
  • Buck the trend, be a rebel, and pour it all out in one place. Write about bleeding edge computer technology, tabletop role-playing games for teenagers, and family cancer-survival all in one stream. Tag for those weaklings who must see only one side of it.
  • Write 3+ blogs, and aggregate to another for those who want the firehose.
  • As above, but each links to the others as part of a weekly links post.
  • Some other middle ground I've not thought of, which will hopefully be suggested to me by one of the three of you still reading.

  1.  The Gripping Hand, this month's five-pages-a-night reading material. Good stuff.

Tue, Jun. 28th, 2011 02:40 am (UTC)

I think my question would be whats the purpose of the blogging. If its to discuss topics that are interest to you as an entrepreneurial force/employee/dad/husband then putting it all into one place makes sense to me. If you are breaking it up for the purpose of separating those aspects of yourself, then separate blogs make sense. If you are looking just to delineate between business interests and more intimate/home oriented interests then that's the line you draw. So without knowing more about your goals in your writing, I can't make suggestions.

Tue, Jun. 28th, 2011 03:18 am (UTC)

I'm all about the all-in-one place option. Of course, that's because 1) I use that method and b) I'm lazy. ;)

Tue, Jun. 28th, 2011 02:30 pm (UTC)

All in one. Tags for pussies.

Tue, Jun. 28th, 2011 03:56 pm (UTC)

It's kind of crazy how many posts like yours I have been seeing lately. It seems we all are looking for a better outlet for communication.

I am working on trying to build this outlet, so I'll keep you up to date.

Interesting to know you are doing stuff with Infochimps since I forsee some possible ability to partner up with you guys in the future for part of my projects.

Thu, Jun. 30th, 2011 05:54 am (UTC)

All blogs! One place! No one says any of your readers /has/ to read everything if they don't want to. But I want the opportunity to read everything altogether just in case I wanna. So there.

Thu, Jun. 30th, 2011 11:02 am (UTC)

I think that the human element added to the tech perspective is something I see a lot less of out there, and mixing it up a bit will help remind others that techies aren't all dorito-eating, jolt-cola-guzzling shut-ins who have no clue about the world around them or inside their heads except for arcane code. My two bucks added...(since two cents won't even let you play tiddlywinks)