Haven’t blogged in a while.
There is certainly laziness involved to the lack of activity. But above everything I just didn’t feel like going through the process of editing posts.
Let’s say every post usually involves a main idea, insight or observation. To get that seed concept to a post I usually feel the urge to support that idea with valid arguments, rewrite every claim to make sure it is clear, etc.
Compare that to a tweet: you have 140 characters and soon enough your tweet is going to be buried your timeline, so why bother?
There is probably nothing intrinsic about each platform that makes me more willing to be spontaneous on one or the other. But there is certainly a mental model that a user creates (intentionally or not) regarding the expectations around the content on the platform.
This reminds of this post I read on Instagram a while ago:
But its user base was also growing, and it wasn’t all good growth: Instagram feeds that were once dominated by photos from friends and family members were becoming more impersonal.
Brands, celebrities and publishers had arrived en masse, and with them the pressure to capture and share that perfect photo — the one that made you and your weekend hiking adventure look as cool as humanly possible — had escalated. User feeds were riddled with what some saw as over-produced or inauthentic depictions of people’s lives. The feed was becoming a digital game of keeping up with the Joneses.
“It became a place where people kept raising the bar on themselves in terms of the quality of what they had to achieve to post,” explained Kevin Weil, Instagram’s head of product, who has been working to fix this problem since joining Instagram from Twitter in early 2016. “We didn’t want that.”