Blog Philosophy -- Roadblocks of Overintellectualizing

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I went through my first big blogging dryspell throughout the month of April. I have been writing all of these really long and intellectually dense blog entries in the name of planning out the theories for a new paradigm of journalism.

The lesson? People want to see a proof of concept -- Theory is too abstract and -- well, theoretical. I've had a ton of people say to me, "You know, I try to read you blog, but it's just too confusing. I don't know what you're talking about."

I would usually discard these criticisms by saying, "Well, I'm trying to reach a specialized audience of the movers and shakers of the New Media movement." And then when I actually got to talk face-to-face with a lot of these technologists at SXSW I realized that they understand me when I talk to them face-to-face, but that they still aren't gleaning some of the major ideas from my writing.

The solution? Well, I'm going to try to writing more conversationally for a little bit. Just do more brain dumps on the fly instead of trying to polish these long essays that take forever to proofread and post.

I've also thought about recording my phone conversations with people and posting them as podcasts. The bottleneck here was setting up Skype -- the free VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) -- in other words, free long distance phone calls by using your computer.

I've checked out some Skypecasts, and they sound a lot better than a phone connection if people on both ends are using Skype. I've also seen that I'm going to need an offline digital recorder. I may have to break down and get an iPod to facilitate this.

But when I get back to Maine on May 19th, I'll be able to upgrade to Mac OS 10.4. I've isolated myself to 10.1.4 and ran into program after program that isn't really supported. Quicktime MPEG-4, Skype, Firefox, etc., etc.

I've also been eyeing freeware screencast solutions -- this will allow me to give Powerpoint-like presentations to communicate.

Bloggers LOVE to link to great visuals and great presentations. The human voice is the most powerful communications medium. I also want to do more Podcasts.