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Ideas of March

15 March 2012

If there’s one thing more tedious than blogging about blogging, it’s blogging about lack of blogging. But this post isn’t about that. It’s about the importance of blogs and the importance of sharing ideas and debate with follow designers and developers in a permanent, referable way.

Since last year’s Ideas of March post (in which, lest we forget, I committed to, ahem, blog more) I’ve posted just three times. But those are three substantial, mainly technical posts, which not only would I have not been able to express in any meaningful way on Twitter, but that have been useful for referring back to frequently since they were written.

A blog post, of course, offers the freedom to say as much or as little as the subject requires, and crucially, it’s available to refer back to and for others to find in the future. You can’t really do that with Twitter. All ideas and opinions are widely spread for those there in the moment, but are almost impossible to find and reconstruct after the fact. In 2009 I started archiving my tweets, but even so, I’d missed the first 10,000, and there’s no hope of tracing any conversations.

Often, I can’t find something I know I tweeted the day before. Conversely, as an example, here’s the post from 2003 when Dave announced the CSS Zen Garden, which took me roughly 30 seconds to find. Or Dan’s entire Simple Quiz archive, equally so. Everything I’ve posted to this blog since 2003 (most of it fairly throw-away) is still available as it was and where it was the day it was posted.

Permanence and findability are important for ideas to spread and grow. Twitter is a fragile and fleeting place. Give your ideas and thoughts the permanent home they deserve. Here’s how you can join in the blog revival:

  • Write a post called Ideas of March.
  • List some of the reasons you like blogs.
  • Pledge to blog more the rest of the month.
  • Share your thoughts on Twitter with the #ideasofmarch hashtag.

Will you join us?

- Drew McLellan

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Drew McLellan (@drewm) has been hacking on the web since around 1996 following an unfortunate incident with a margarine tub. Since then he’s spread himself between both front- and back-end development projects, and now is Director and Senior Web Developer at edgeofmyseat.com in Maidenhead, UK (GEO: 51.5217, -0.7177). Prior to this, Drew was a Web Developer for Yahoo!, and before that primarily worked as a technical lead within design and branding agencies for clients such as Nissan, Goodyear Dunlop, Siemens/Bosch, Cadburys, ICI Dulux and Virgin.net. Somewhere along the way, Drew managed to get himself embroiled with Dreamweaver and was made an early Macromedia Evangelist for that product. This lead to book deals, public appearances, fame, glory, and his eventual downfall.

Picking himself up again, Drew is now a strong advocate for best practises, and stood as Group Lead for The Web Standards Project 2006-08. He has had articles published by A List Apart, Adobe, and O’Reilly Media’s XML.com, mostly due to mistaken identity. Drew is a proponent of the lower-case semantic web, and is currently expending energies in the direction of the microformats movement, with particular interests in making parsers an off-the-shelf commodity and developing simple UI conventions. He writes here at all in the head and, with a little help from his friends, at 24 ways.