Twitter or blogging

I decided I don’t like updating my facebook status because sometimes its just for me, an addendum to my profile, if you will.  Not something I particularly care for the world to know but there to make me feel like I can connect and share that moment with friends across the world and in different time zones.

That said, part of this blog was originally intended to be musings. I have found this a bit hard to follow through with because, as my hubby quotes, I am “such liberal” because I watch intelligent and varied TV (Science Channel, Nat Geo, etc.) and listen to news podcasts and NPR/APR/BBC/etc., much of which is political or religious and therefore hard ground to tread but not always Right Wing.  I know the original “liberal” comment was from another person, a quote my husband was just repeating to get a rise out of me. I was at first confused, then, knowing it was actually intended to be negative, upset and pissed off. And embarrassed for my husband to have to endure negative comments about me. I am very lucky in that he supports me and doesn’t interfere when I want to educate myself in any myriad of topics and disciplines. And that he sits thought my sometimes very dry documentaries. Although I do flip back and forth on whether such comments are invigorating or disarming, I am proud to be educated and well informed to the level that I am. At least better than if I watched whatever live all access star news. Talk about a slant! I digress…

As I had a cup of Jay’s coffee at work, not realizing it was his usual twice-as-strong, I was up all night, literally, musing. Hence, the twitter idea which I had been throwing around for a while now. I also weighed the options of simply making a new facebook page or blog that has nothing to do with me or any of my affiliation, and so cannot alienate anyone when I spew whatever ideas are in my head at the time. I have heard “letters never sent” is great therapy, but the problem is, emails sometimes have receivers, oops, and the whole world could potentially see a blog. Which I guess is kind of the point.

There is no point at which I can affirmatively say “where it all started” because that could go back forever. So, the most recent would be my debate over the spelling of my names, such as when to use my middle initial, and pen names. I am all about pen names to protect my various affiliations and, again, not to alienate them. Work, work, my military association, that of my husbands and friends, local politicians, the list can go on and on. And, quite frankly, I don’t have the time to devote to keeping a well rounded, touching on everything, blog. Sometimes, often times, its best that some don’t hear an opinion. Conversely, I don’t necessarily want to hear their comments back. Letters unsent for those thoughts and topics, maybe. What is taboo for one maybe be ordinary for another. However, if I started a blog under a pen name, if it was really good I couldn’t take credit for it without exposure. The twist of the pen name.

So what to do? A while back I made a Daily Musings category and it might be about time to start using it.  So here is my disclaimer: these and all following views are mine and mine alone, are not supported or endorsed by any of my former, current, or future employers, nor by the military of any branch in any country, or family, friends, or associates. Does that cover it? And I thank each and every soldier, sailor, airman, marine, reserve, guard, active duty, separated, and retired, and especially their families, for ensuring my freedom to choose to speak (or type) as I wish, when I wish, and regarding anything I wish. And a shout out to the police, EMTs, and firefighters, both paid and volunteer, who risk their lives to make sure mine is still here to debate this silly topic.

My original idea was to just collect random thoughts and then publish as a whole whenever it is worthy of size. What do you think? I would publish each and every thought but then I worry about the flood that could be spamish as on Twitter or a facebook feed.  Perhaps I will pick a topic and go with it, regardless of the subject variety or catagory. I just saw a quick post option which would be perfect, and possibly usable on my broken smart phone, but more Twitterish. I just wonder if it would take much more time. Like a full time job. Although I have learned quite a bit of how Twitter works through the Emerald Coast Writers, maybe I will stick to the blogs. I have so many categories I started during the last deployment which are seriously lacking now.  I just need to write faster, shorter, and maybe add more categories as they fit my current life.

Speaking of spam and privacy, maybe linking my various blogs to my facebook feed defeats the purpose. Quick updates like for Twitter or long debates possible in blogs can still illicit some seriously negative comments and can be misconstrued. A true dilemma.  Perhaps I will just know when the time is right. Or stumble along the way. My husband says I think into things too much.

About Writing War Bride

I rock many jobs, usually all at once. Very gratefully, I have stayed in Archaeology and Writing through many moves around the country. Fingers crossed it stays feasts longer than famine and that it rains more than pours. I have been a technical writer and an Ensurer of esprit de corps, among many other things. Add Free Lance Writer, one time Publicity Chair and current Treasurer of non-profits in to the mix. Can't forget to thank the Military for my lifestyle and those willing to hire a military spouse. Always remember to bloom where you are planted!
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1 Response to Twitter or blogging

  1. salomesbox says:

    Just like last time, wordpress ate the long comment I wrote! To summarize, I personally prefer the blog format. And I whole-heartedly endorse the pen name idea. It would be nice if people didn’t take things so personally, and could view a different opinion objectively, but that’s not the way the world works. With a pen name, you can freely express your ideas without fear of alienation. Plus, it’s always fun to re-name yourself!

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