This is not the first time I have chosen to post a short summary here that links to updates I have made to my other blogs. This raises a topic that I've been meaning to discuss for a while now. Specifically, I am trying to decide whether there is any longer a need for me to maintain so many blogs.
As my regular readers know, I have several weblogs, each devoted to a different topic:
- Veritas — my main web log
- Hit the Rock — rock climbing
- Pedal Power — cycling
- Stockholm Dance — dancing
- Eat, drink & be merry — partying
- Cygnus — nature photos
- Janus — designs & ambigrams
- Michael's Archives — older photos
However, nowadays I don't usually post more than a couple of photos to my blog in a single entry. With the demise of BloggerBot at the beginning of this year, it became too time-consuming to post many photos at once to my blogs. I signed up for a pro account at flickr and have been posting my photos there ever since. I categorize the photos into different sets, and also and tag them based on date, place, and subject. The sets and tags mirror to a large degree the subdivision of my blogs: biking, climbing, dancing, partying, and so forth. When I have uploaded a new batch of photos to flickr, I usually create a new entry in the appropriate weblog, with a single photo and a link the the whole batch in flickr. On rare occasions I'll include more than one of the photos in the blog entry; but flickr's system does not make doing this very easy, so I usually just post one photo to the blog.
To summarize: the photos already organized by topic on flickr; the original reason for creating multiple blogs (segregating large posts of photos by topic) is obviated by my new habit of posting only one or two photos per blog entry; and lastly, it's more trouble to check multiple blogs than to be able to find all updates in one place. Considering all this, I wonder whether my system of posting to blogs has outlived its usefulness.
Should I post everything to a single blog? Should I continue my current practice of posting to each blog based on topic? Or should I strike a compromise, posting to each blog based on topic, but including the most interesting posts, and an occassional summary, here?
What do you think?
Update 2007-02-23 – On the advice of my readers, I have begun to consolidate my posts on this blog.
Ditch the multiple blogs. I love using the slideshow feature on flickr. I'll sit and snack and imagine I'm skating in Sweden rather than cube dwelling in Austin.
One blog is enough for me :-)
I think that one blog might be enough. I'd like to check everything you write in the other blogs, but I have no time enough for that. So... one blog in combination with flickr is fine.
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