My posting's been less frequent here the last few weeks. I apologize.
I blame Twitter.
Twitter's this silly little service that is a mix of a publicly-viewable IM and blogging, called micro-blogging. Inconsequential things that I probably shouldn't bother my esteemed blog readers with- like the fact that I dug 25 lbs of potatoes a couple weeks ago, or that we got a chest freezer last week or that I was running errands before going to Wisconsin last weekend- end up on my Twitter stream. If you DO want to keep up with these inconsequential things, check out the "What I'm Doing" section at the top of the sidebar or follow me. If you don't, be glad I'm not posting mindless stuff like that anymore.
Honestly, I think Twitter is going to cut into the quantity of stuff I blog, but is going to improve the overall quality of the posts. The things that do get posted I (hopefully) will have thought about more. Twitter will catch most of the "I just have to tell this to someone!" stuff.
Not long after I finally joined Twitter, Amy posted a good overview of the service that I thought was insightful. Check it out if you're considering joining. She points out ways it can help blogging from a social networking point of view. I can see what others are talking about, perhaps find the best buy on local deals, and can publicize my own posts easily.
I should add: Twitter limits updates to 140 characters. Why so short? That's the standard text-message character limit, and the service was originally created to use from a cell phone, text-messaging updates about what you're doing, wherever you are. Many (maybe most?) users do this. I don't have a text message plan on my cell phone, so I don't- all my updates happen while I'm sitting in front of a computer.
Do you Twitter? Does it affect your blogging? Why do you Twitter?