Tenar has mused about the focus of her blog and how it has shifted since started to keep Tenars Cave. The scope of what an author should cover on blog is a huge question and it particularly applies when we are talking about a creative persons blog. To put it simply, a person who is creative is usually afflicted with an active curiosity too. This means they are for ever wandering about “Off topic”
For instance Tenar speaks of the history of her blog “I started sharing whatever remotely creative thing I happened to do. I meandered from stitching to knitting to painting to photography and back again”. I know what she means, but I find it interesting to see what people are discovering online.
When I started blogging I can remember thinking that a blog was different from a discussion list because it could wander on and off the topic and people did not seem to mind. I think if a blog wanders too far, too often, the author risks losing readers because people don’t want to waste their time while a writer simply indulges themselves. It should not be forgotten that blogs are not like diaries as they are a public medium and usually actively solicit comments but as I have said before there has to room too for the quirky. How far off topic do you think blogs should stray? I think a %10 – %20 stray rate is OK In other words 1 or 2 posts in 10 can be off topic, but after that I start hitting the unsubscribe button in my RSS reader. What do you do?
Mary Corbet of Needle n’ thread asked if there was a story behind the site name. Well needless to say there is. For anyone who has tried to register an easily remembered dot com name that is short, easily spelt and not already taken, will know just how difficult it is. For nearly two years I have been trying to find something that related to textiles, had a bit of personality, not too hard to spell and rolled off the tongue with ease.
The other week I dropped a tin of pins and the word pin tangle came to mind. I was thrilled because I found to my surprise the name was available. In fact I could not believe my luck. I registered it within 15 minutes and then I realised that it was time to move the blog and start to put in place a few things that have had planed for while.
Brenda says “I notice that you will not be updating your Mindtracks blog but hope that you will still share some of your technical and bloggy insights from time to time.” Yes I will, particularly if I think people find the topic of interest.
In fact if anyone out there is interested in choosing their own domain name you may like to read Domain Names and Website Flipping by Sean R Mize Also there are a couple of Domain name tools to help you. Here is a list of them.
On a slightly different note some have said they feel sad that the old posts will be deleted on the old blog not here. I want to make it very clear that my whole blog was imported here. The whole lot. I will delete the old blog because I don’t want a duplicate. All posts are here safe and sound so you wont lose the information and references you may want to use.
While I am being geeky I have to share the news because I am feeling just so good about it. I have a new Mac actually it has been here a little while but I have not had time to blog it. Why buy a Mac right now? Well this was purchased by the store when the dollar was almost equal to the US dollar but now our dollar is bobbing about around the 60-70c mark, which means imports will be going up. The store where we purchased it from had 5 left and wanted to shift them so they were cheaper still. Next year I want to do more photoshop work so the seduction of the large screen worked and yes we are Mac folks. There is a little family history here and the top of our bookshelves is the retirement home for our old machines. Incase you are wondering the oldest machine there was made in 1987.