For a couple of weeks now I’ve been trawling the themes section of the Worpress.com dashboard. I was bored with the way LessBeauty // MoreBrains looked and wanted something new for the site. I also felt I needed to establish better links between LessBeauty // MoreBrains and DarrinNighitngale // ScreenWriter. I was giving serious consideration to importing all the content from // MoreBrains into // ScreenWriter but didn’t really want to fill // ScreenWriter up with digigraphs. Hopefully what I’ve managed to do with the new layout is give each activity its own section while making them both look like they’re part of something bigger?
I posted another Backspaces story today. Because WordPress.com does not allow me to embed it, here it is as a screen capture.
I recently joined the AMPt Community. “AMPt Community’s goal is to become the premier resource for mobile photography/artistry… period.” Interesting site that I hope to get a lot from. But joining AMPt got me thinking about the various platforms I have an account with. This latest addition makes to wonder if my social media is getting out of hand.
I have two main sites DarrinNightingale // ScreenWriter and it’s sister site LessBeauty // MoreBrains. Most of the posts on this site are to do with my writing. I use it as a journal. As a way of working out ideas about the various aspects of whatever story I am working on. LessBeauty // MoreBrains is home to the constant stream of digigraphs I take. These digigraphs are posted to the site from Flickr. I use Flickr because it allows me to post directly to WordPress.com from my mobile. Although the free version of Flickr only displays the most recent two hundred images it still displays all the digigraphs posted to LessBeauty // MoreBrains going back to the first post; that’s five hundred images and counting. Doing it this way I get all the images I want on my website without having to worry about busting WordPress.com storage limits. Both DarrinNightingale // ScreenWriter and LessBeauty // MoreBrains automatically feed Twitter, which in turn feeds Facebook. I never contribute directly to Facebook. I only have an account because everyone else does. More accurately it is such a broad platform that people who would not normally show up on other social networks have a Facebook account. In the same way as DarrinNightingale // ScreenWriter and LessBeauty // MoreBrains feed Twitter they also feed LinkedIn. I have an account but don’t really work it as a social network. I find it a surprisingly closed. Daisy-chaining two WordPress.com sites, LinkedIn, Flickr, Twitter and Facebook means I can post to two sites while distributing across six. Easy to stay on top of. So why is my social media getting out of hand? Because as well as the above mentioned platforms I also have accounts with Instagram, EyeEm, Backspaces and now AMPt Community? A big reason for LessBeauty // MoreBrains is Instagram. Joining Instagram started the digigraph ball rolling for me. The desire to post digigraphs made me go out and take more digigraphs. I would love it if Flickr could not only feed WordPress.com but also Instagram. Not likely as Instagram explicitly prohibits this. The recent uproar over Instagram’s amended terms of service prompted me to set up an EyeEm account. Same content different place. It involves a fair amount of reposting but not unmanageable. Additionally I have also started posting stories on Backspaces. Backspaces is new platform that is, from a content point of view, a combination of images and words. This is something completely separate from Instagram and EyeEm. It forces me to think in new ways about what I’m doing. That on it’s own is worth sticking with it for the time being. On top of all that I recently joined AMPt Community. More reposting of content that already appears on Istagram and EyeEm. All in all that’s five platforms all displaying the same digigraphs. Each platform reaches a slightly different audiance but because it reverses the daisy-chaining principle I employed with my main sites it is becoming increasingly time consuming to keep up with. Not sure what I will do but I’m giving serious consideration to sliming down the portfolio of social media. What I need is a social media hub. A site that distributes my content across all the other platforms. Any ideas?