Hedgehog and fox approaches to blogging 

Once upon a time, not so long ago, I used to attend so many events that I had a separate conference blog and Twitter account. It meant that I could post things that would be of interest and direct relevance to the audience of the event, without ‘turning off’ and spamming the timeline of others who follow me.

I was reminded about this at the ALT-C event I’ve been attending in Manchester this week. I’ve tweeted way more than what is now normal for me, mainly because it’s a community I was first introduced to via Twitter. It was great to see everyone again, and I do kind of miss interacting with the people I caught up with over the last few days.

I’ve had many blogs over the years. Some are no defunct and only accessible via the Wayback Machine, but I’ve still plenty which are still accessible via domains and hosting that I pay for each year. I’m never sure how whether I should ‘hedgehog‘ these together, or keep them spread out in different spaces. The latter better suits the way I work, but it can be a pain to maintain, and frustrating to others (and me!) to re-find stuff I’ve posted… somewhere.

Right now, I’m using this blog (discours.es) for a lot of thoughts which aren’t so coherent. I remember talking to Oliver Quinlan a while back about how, if your main blog gains any traction, it’s possible to treat it with too much reverence and impose too high a bar on yourself for the kind of content that you place there. Perhaps I’m doing that. There’s certainly been little else I’ve posted on mine recently other than weeknotes.

Another approach is to create a personal wiki or knowledge base. I used to use Evernote for this back in the day, and I do have a wiki, but perhaps a ‘knowledge store‘ would be better? The only problem with that is that I work openly by default, which doesn’t look like the approach used in that example.