It’s surprising where stuff turns up. Yesterday I blogged for the first time in ages as I’m trying to record my experiences moving into an ASUS EEE PC, using LINUX and reducing the bloated digital lifestyle I currently have.
What started off as a simple blog post came back to haunt me as I’d forgotten what feeds and syndication I had running.
As a member of the JISC EMERGE community I have a blog on the EMERGE site, I don’t use it but did set it up to pull a feed from this blog to allow me to publish any EMERGE related stuff to the EMERGE site. The idea was that I had the feed disabled most of the time and would only have the feed running if/when I was posting something that applied to the EMERGE community, but I forgot about this and the feed was switched on, thus the last blog post ended up on the EMERGE site.
The EMERGE team then Twitter about the blog posts from the EMERGE site so my blog post on the EMERGE site ended up in the Twitterverse…….
I had also Twittered about the blog post forgetting that my Twitter feed updated my Facebook status and was also a feed to this Blog. The process can be seen here:
So what’s the problem with the syndication?
I’ve realised that the original post is now on two sites, both of which have the ability to add comments. Twittering also means I could get feedback, and as I have the Twitter feed updating my Facebook status there’s another route for others to comment.
Is this a bad thing? It could be if I ever post something that might attract more than a couple of comments as I’m going to have the comments and feedback in multiple places.
It would be nice to have all these together in one place as having a few comments in 3 separate places is probably not that useful, but all the comments together could add something more.
So the feed to my EMERGE blog is now disabled as I’d rather that site just had posts relevant to EMERGE projects. I’ll leave the Twitter feed updating my Facebook status as was interesting to get the comment from a non-techie Facebook friend.