Back in a day when I was blogging almost on a daily basis, writing a new blog post was a zero effort for me. That includes coming up with the idea for the post, the actual content, typing, formatting, and every some promotion around social networks and among my friends and colleagues.
The last few years, however, I stepped away from blogging and shared my thoughts, ideas, and useful links on a variety of media, such as internal company Slack, and a multitude of instant messengers, like Telegram and WhatsApp.
All that brought me to where I am now. Most of the content that I shared on social networks and instant messengers is buried in the archives, never to be seen again. My creative powers are diminished to the point where I’m struggling to verbalize a tweet. And my publishing productivity as practically non-existent. Even when I want to write up a short blog post just like this one, every cell of my brain is resisting the idea.
However, I want to bring that skill back. I’ve setup daily reminders to blog. But they aren’t doing much. At least for the last month or so. I’m constantly distracted by the ideas of reorganizing this website, catching up with history first, and so on. But nothing ever happens.
So, I guess, for the next few weeks you’ll see my hectic attempts at restoring order. For now, I will write for the sake of writing. Just to get back into the habit of it. And while I’m at it, you’ll probably be puzzled by the unusual randomness of subjects, inconsistency in length, quality and schedule, weak attempts to fill in the blanks, and other weirdness. Bare with me. Or not. After all, the web is huge.
Inequalities are also found on Wikipedia, where more than 99% of users are lurkers. According to Wikipedia’s “about” page, it has only 68,000 active contributors, which is 0.2% of the 32 million unique visitors it has in the U.S. alone. Wikipedia’s most active 1,000 people — 0.003% of its users — contribute about two-thirds of the site’s edits. Wikipedia is thus even more skewed than blogs, with a 99.8–0.2–0.003 rule.
Some of these numbers are staggering. And the people who do the work, are indeed – insane. Not medically, but by deviation of how much they do and for how long, as compared to the rest of the user base, or even population.
By the way, pretty much all posts in this very blog have been written by one person. Me. Almost 10,000 posts over 19 years. So yes, I’m also probably a little bit insane.
WordPress 5.0 has been released today. It is by far the largest update to the system since … since I can remember. In fact, to some, it might look like a completely different system, thanks to a totally new editing experience – Gutenberg.
I have already upgraded this blog to the new version, and I’m writing this post with the new editor. It is awesome! It’ll take some getting used, but not because it’s difficult, rather because I’ve been using WordPress for too long.
I also can’t wait to see what all the creative people will come up with in their themes and plugins, pushing WordPress websites to the new high.
As I mentioned earlier, sharing of the posts from this blog to Facebook stopped working a while back, due to the changes in the Facebook API and polices. Rather than completely giving up on it or continue with the annoying manual sharing, I’ve decided to try the Facebook Page approach (which I’d much rather not).
So, lo and behold, here comes the @MamchenkovBlog Facebook Page. I’m sure it’ll take me a while to find the best way of using it, if there even is one. Please bear with me until I figure this one out. And, as always, if you have any tips or suggestions – do send them my way.
P.S.: This post is a test of the sharing to Facebook Page functionality.
This is not how I like my blog. I like it to have fresh links, posts, and pictures on a daily basis. Or at least weekly. Going on for almost two month without posts (with one or two exceptions) is not acceptable. So, I’ll be back. Now. I promise.
This blog will not contribute to the “blogging is dead” myth. :)
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