My friend Chris is trying to start a blogging revolution. His idea is to inspire our little corner of the tech community to stop trying to cram our thoughts and insights into iterations of 140 characters.
Personally, I think this is a great idea. In theory anyway. For me, this is simultaneously easier and more difficult. With Twitter, the discipline of constraining how I express my thoughts has become routine, and everything else that's necessarily longer becomes a notation on the ever-expanding list of things to blog about.
Unfortunately, this list rarely ever gets touched. For me, writing either means one-off, Twitter-style thoughts, or small novels. There is no middle ground (in fact, my Semantic Markup post was originally twice as long). Because writing a quality post is so daunting, I rarely ever take time to do it. Thanks to a little prodding, this is a habit that I and others are now trying to break.
Right now, there's so much happening in the PHP community. It's experiencing its own little revival. It, along with so many other related communities, like Node.js and non-relational databases. We're all learning a lot of new things, and having new ideas that are worth sharing.
Therefore, I pledge to start blogging more.
Starting with Part II of of Semantic Markup or Death. I hope it was worth the wait.