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...I am a bit busy this morning - I have data to compile. And then (I think), possibly, a meeting. I have an entry in my head, there's just not time to write it right now.

...I think that's less than 140 characters (I'm way too lazy to count) (though I'm sure one of you will, won't you? Do it.  You know you want to.  Doooo iiiiiiiiiiiiiiit.).  I find I can't really warm to something that doesn't allow me to ramble on at length about whatever comes into my head - I can't even fit all my comments in the customer comment boxes when I'm ordering stuff. Which is not to say Twitter does not have its uses - I hear it's really good for Facebook - it's just not the format for me. I'm into the "forum for any insane idea I have that I can then bore you with at length" form of blogging. I'm not quite a slow blogger, but I'm definitely trending towards that end of the spectrum in blogging.

On the other hand, sometimes I like fast and stupid.  And typing the word "blogging" over and over again.

Eventually it starts to look like the sound one makes when coughing up phlegm.  Which, when I read over some of my entries, seems about right.   


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Jan. 13th, 2009 01:35 pm (UTC)
Maybe I'm actually a guy or something, but I immediately thought there should be a tool to count. And there is! (In Word)


136 characters (no spaces)
171 with spaces.

No idea if twitter cares about spaces. I don't care about twitter, so...

Jan. 13th, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
twitter cares about spaces.

I realize a lot of people seem to hate it, but I've found it a very effective way of connecting with other public history professionals. It has worked far better than commenting on their blogs ever did. Which I suppose is why I keep using it - it's a tool for me to keep in touch with a completely different community than the one I find on lj.
Jan. 13th, 2009 02:14 pm (UTC)
But you aren't one of those people who send Twitter feeds to LJ but never post anything else. Those are the ones that really annoy me.
Jan. 13th, 2009 02:32 pm (UTC)
I don't hate it like some do. You actually post content, as well. AND I think you've actually posted some tweets that I've commented on. But if somebody has all of their tweets behind a cut, I'm really not going to click through. Then again, I'm probably the only person who doesn't like cuts for text only stuff. If it's TMI, pics, or extraordinarily long, then a cut is good. But if it's just a paragraph? I get annoyed having to open another page to see that it's nothing. Or, if sombody posts a cut, and doesn't let me know that the only thing behind it is a meme result. Ugh.

Relic of my days on dial up, I guess.

Jan. 13th, 2009 03:04 pm (UTC)

Behind this cut is a terrrrrrible secret


Made ya look!

Jan. 13th, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC)

Jan. 13th, 2009 03:13 pm (UTC)
I empathize. I don't like to click "for nothing", but my friends list seems to be pretty good about not annoying me.
Jan. 13th, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC)
I've been known to play with my default view to take out some of the worst offenders. It's my preference, not theirs, so I figure it's incumbent upon me to fix!
Jan. 13th, 2009 02:46 pm (UTC)
I think that's the kind of thing it's absolutely meant for - I don't hate it and think it should be banned, I just don't want to use it myself for blogging, that's all. :) It seems awfully useful for quick communication without texting directly - as in, you get to reach a bunch of people at once without filling up their in-boxes.

For that, I approve. :)
Jan. 13th, 2009 03:14 pm (UTC)
Actually, I'm thinking of using it when I get my crack-berry, but setting the feed to private (or just to Jeff). Then I can go back and copy and paste out for longer posts, if I need to. Specifically, I want to log the funny little things that the boys say that I always want to write down. (Like Eddie saying to Henry this morning, "you should go put on underpants, ok sweetie?" [yes, I realize that's only immensely hilarious to me.])
Jan. 13th, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC)
No, I find it hilarious as well.
Jan. 13th, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
Are only guys tool-using creatures? I kinda think it just makes you more evolved (or more lazy *wink*).
Jan. 13th, 2009 02:33 pm (UTC)
Guys like to fix problems for people, whether they want it or not. I'm a bit like that.

But really? Lazy. Most definitely lazy. I'll go a long way to avoid a little work. :-D
Jan. 13th, 2009 02:36 pm (UTC)
Nah. You should have seen my sister-in-law at Christmas when she got her "Bushwhacker" (for trimming hedges)- she was so enthralled and happy about it that it was kind of disturbing (in a funny way, of course!). ;)
Jan. 13th, 2009 07:03 pm (UTC)
I was like that when I bought my first chainsaw. It's MY chainsaw, too, and people who live in this house with me had better remember that! MINE!

Oh, and my Felco pruning sheers? I love them like some people love their cars. No one else touches my Felcos!!

But anyway, about twitter . . . I only know one twitterer who is even remotely interesting to read, and that's Defective Yeti. Everyone else might as well be twitting, "Juniper allergies really suck in January!" or "I just made a big stinky poo-poo!" It's a waste of the writers' time and a waste of the readers' brain activity.
Jan. 13th, 2009 07:05 pm (UTC)
That was me, writing about chainsaws and Felcos. I don't know why I wasn't logged on. Sorry ya'll!
Jan. 13th, 2009 02:11 pm (UTC)
You are aware that you're mad, aren't you? Good...

(You just made me laugh so hard, my face hurts!)
Jan. 13th, 2009 02:48 pm (UTC)

btw, what do you think about a greyhound long cushion pattern? It could be really gorgeous.

...and the greyhounds could sit on it (irony). :)
Jan. 13th, 2009 03:06 pm (UTC)
Jan. 13th, 2009 02:16 pm (UTC)
Distressing similarities:

"Blogging! Blogging!"

"Gollum! Gollum!"

Jan. 13th, 2009 02:36 pm (UTC)
I've found Twitter is just about the perfect medium for the quick, witty things that come up while hanging around with friends. I respect those who want to use it as a running commentary on their life, but that's not me. I figure teh intarwebs don't care if my shower was hot enough. I just ship them to LJ for folks who may want to see my witty quips.
Jan. 13th, 2009 02:48 pm (UTC)
Ahoy Mistress! I had asked a couple months back about teaching a class on being/understanding the female fencer at Rapier Academy in May. I was wondering if you'd still be available for that?
Jan. 13th, 2009 02:49 pm (UTC)
I am - I've saved the date. Er, I've forgotten the date. But I think I remember that it doesn't conflict with Costume Con, right? May 14th or something? I am so there.
Jan. 13th, 2009 09:30 pm (UTC)
May 9th. Thankye!
Jan. 14th, 2009 12:03 am (UTC)
"I find I can't really warm to something that doesn't allow me to ramble on at length about whatever comes into my head"

Me too. Conciseness is not a virtue I possess.
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