I’m gonna try Medium For A Bit

You reading this? Ok – I haven’t updated in a while, but sometimes I think I should.

You know, maintaining an entire website for a seldom updated blog these days isn’t so fun. This is the site that got me dipping my toes into websites…back so long ago – maybe 10 years ago. Back when there were such things as iPod Minis. It’s how I learned how to set up a hosting account, install plugins, and break things. My friends would email me saying “Hey, I saw that thing you wrote.” They don’t need to do that so much anymore because there are better ways.

And are there better writing tools now? This is what I thought of while reading this piece about Signal Vs. Noise moving to Medium. Why should we maintaing our own system when others do it fine and oftentimes better?

I’ve been giving this a lot of thought. Should I maintain this science project or “sunset” it? Sunset is a word that people and companies use when they don’t want to say “shoot it in the back of the head while telling it about bunnies because it’s outlived its usefulness and might be causing us more problems and distractions than it’s worth.” Instead, they say sunset because, hey, who doesn’t like a good sunset, sitting on a hill, while looking over the horizon on the ocean?

Medium supposedly makes it easy to write and maintain content, so I started a profile there. I have nothing there yet besides something I’ve already posted here. I do like the idea of not having to maintain a site. I like the idea of my stuff getting discovered better. I dislike the idea of a site shutting down and having to export all my stuff.

But I also thing, so what? Is the stuff here really that great that it must be preserved for all eternity?

Maybe some of it. Most of it no.

That’s what’s weird about Facebook’s “On This Day” feature. It gives me an opportunity every morning to look at something I said a year or more ago…and delete it.

If I had the same thing here I’d probably delete a lot of stuff.

Anyway, I’m going to try Medium for a little bit. I won’t have a regular posting schedule, but I do want to see how it goes the next time I have an idea for a post.