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January 20, 2010 10:51 AM


storytlr_icon.jpgAlmost a decade ago, blogging got started and today we have far too many ways to show everyone how awesome we are. You can post your photos on Flickr, Tweet your lunch and become the mayor of store and let everyone know about it. But, the lowly blog remains the one place where you can (should?) collect your thoughts into a longer and more coherent format.

The main issue with blogging is that it takes a long time if you care about it at all. You write your thoughts on a given topic, reread it, rewrite it, maybe show it to someone else for some copy editing and then post it. Back when I was blogging regularly, I was spending two hours or more per post to make sure I was making a clear point that was at least vaguely supported by a fact or two. Then I had a kid and the value of time and coherent thought went thru the roof.

Today, many people, including me, who used to blog every day are now just using Twitter since the format itself encourages you to be short and carefree. From time to time though, you want/need a longer and more permanent format, so the blog remains relevant. Still though, I have signed up for, and continued to use, many cloud services, such as Flickr, Facebook, and Digg and I'd like to have more content here on IMX than just the blog entries.

So, it's time to evolve past the blog and aggregate all of these various cloud activities, and Storytlr seems to be a way to do that. The best part is that I don't have to relinquish control which is a big deal, so I'm going to give it a try. But due to the reasons that I use Twitter a lot more and blog a lot less are still in play, so it's like the circle of life(streaming).

I think the concept of personal cloud aggregation is something MovableType can't ignore and I can see myself dropping it for the first time since I migrated from GreyMatter to MT.


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