For good or ill, I decided a few years back to divide and conquer – to have multiple blogsites for my multiple and possibly confusing interests and endeavours. It got out of hand, some would (indeed DO) say. I have exactly forty, according to WordPress. But this is misleading – some are registered for other people, and others I left up though they are ‘dormant’.
So, my personal ‘State of the Dysunion’ speech:
- It was good in some ways to divide up this way rather than have one big site with lots of pages. This way, if I write a new post on a site, it can be automatically shared on FB (one FB location only – either one’s personal feed or a dedicated page which you can set up easily and for free on FB), Twitter etc., whereas if you update a page on a site it doesn’t get shared. I could have got around this by doing a quick post notifying of an addition to a page, but the prospect isn’t thrilling.
- It was tempting to get nice short dedicated domains. At USD18 a year for dotcom and dotorg and $25 for dotco, and more for dotnz once it’s bought elsewhere and mapped onto WordPressdotcom, it was getting financially embarrassing. Fortunately, if you’re willing to suffer the indignity of the longer FREE domain YOURNAME dotWordpressdotcom, you can always retrench to free.
- It has been difficult sometimes to know WHICH BLOG to post in! The logical problem of ‘Overlapping Categories.’ Things one writes are almost never entirely and only about one thing, on one topic. Not if they have any generality at all.
- The changing, retiring and new creation of blogs does give a kind of drama to new movements in one’s life and thought, and it does help one to say exactly what one wants to in a particular field without having to please a ‘general’ audience, explain or tone it down. Great too if one wants to make a ‘business’ card of any kind. A dedicated website is great.
- There can be a feeling of being ‘spread too thin,’ like Bilbo. But this can happen however one orders one’s output. As we get onlder/poorer we have to actually limit it I guess! To the real ‘bucket List’…
- It may be bad for following numbers, getting up to critical mass, etc, but I figure that people don’t want to follow EVERYTHING a person of many parts is up to… sigh!
- it keeps one’s hand in for creation and maintenance of blogsites – a gentle art and quite satisfying. Though everyone seems to be on Facebook, the Blog is a more orderly place, where what you see is what you have put up, ordered your way, with pages as you want them.
- So, the slightly uneasy dysunion goes on into 2016 – already this year I have three new sites! (mindcavern, thelogicoflove (well that’s a rename of loveqor), and thetruewest). However, I do have a meta-ordering emerging, a kind of hierarchy of my blogs. It goes like this (live links to the main active ones):
- GENERAL/MISCELLANEOUS ‘MY BLOG’: this site, www.wizardofeutopia.com
- PHILOSOPHY: Most abstract and metaphysical: www.mindcavern.com. Eutopia-political: www.thetruewest.org. Philosophy of Process and applications: www.4phase.org. Moral/psychological: www.thelogicoflove.com
- ART: a portfolio and diary of my own art and some comments on art: www.altarsofart.com. The writing: the epic http://www.applesofaeden.wordpress.com
- ARCHITECTURE: Cabins fit for Middle Earth: www.hobbithaven.nz. Ferrocement construction, news and info: www.fantasticferrocement.com
- CRAFTS: Unique carved-edge and embossed-cover book technologies: http://www.carvedbooks.wordpress.com. Previous efforts in bookbinding and ebook uploading: http://www.newleafnetwork.wordpress.com and http://www.ebookuploader.wordpress.com. Magnetic ‘eggs’ for holding jewellery etc: http://www.gempod.wordpress.com. Jewellery by me: www.silventree.com.
- PERSONAL, FAMILY: About our OE with brother John and partner: http://www.fourgowest.wordpress.com. About our grandchildren here in Gisborne: http://www.appletreegrandkids.wordpress.com. About our flat here in Gisborne: http://www.appletreehaven.wordpress.com.
‘The rest is silence’…or history. I think…
Oh, and if you DO want to start a blog, go straight to http://www.wordpress.com for a free blog and quite a bit of online help to do it. Fear not, they have made it fairly routine! Always there’s a learning curve but it’s worth it. I think… 🙂
Blog on dudes. The world is not just Facebook. There are quieter places where YOU are in charge of what’s seen, and by whom. (There’s even a private blog option, so it can be just like your own personal diary or ‘notes to oneself’, on the Cloud, unable to be dropped in the bath or lost. Unless the Web went down… Then there’s always the plan A of the notebook diary).