A Change of Direction for LongCountdown

I’m so active around the net these days that this blog is starting to gather dust. Probably the biggest reason is because I’m always on JapanSoc.com and the JapanSoc Community Blog. Usually, whenever I get the urge to talk about Japan, I turn to one of those two sites rather than my own blog. It’s much easier to post a one paragraph comment than put together a large blog post.

Another reason is I’m blogging once a week on my brother’s site, VirtualTripping.com. We each fly off to some remote location in Google Earth, take a photo and write about the place we visited. That’s something I enjoy doing at the weekend.

I’ve also been busy behind the scenes at JapanSoc…

  • I’ve set up a development site
  • I’ve been working on building a blog-sized FAQ
  • I’m setting up a social networking extension to JapanSoc with the exciting title, JapanSoc Groups.

This has led to me joining various computing forums to learn more about the technical side of things. Specifically, I’m a regular on the SWCMS forum and the Elgg Users Google Group.

So, where does that leave LongCountdown? Well, I’m going to try my hand at micro-blogging, i.e. posting small, regular updates on what I’m doing or working on. That should be quite manageable, even if it’s not as interesting to read as my exploits with stool samples.

I hope you stick around!

If you like, you can find me on Twitter at @nick_ramsay. I'd love to hear from you!

9 thoughts on “A Change of Direction for LongCountdown

  1. I shall miss your blogs Nick, as they are always so interesting and entertaining. I also find that I have learnt a lot about you I didn’t know even though I am your Mum. Please don’t cut them down too much,

  2. Looking forward to where this will go Nick …. you can use Twitter as a means to post back to your blog. There’s lots of good WP plugins to get both working back and forth with each other …. of course, an iPhone helps with the mobility of it all … blogging while forming the stool sample is very possible.

    1. Thanks Neil, you’ve made me add my latest Twitter activity to the top of each page… now people can get up-to-the minute coverage of my life! No need for an iPhone, though, since I’m always at home anyway.

  3. uh oh.
    This doesn’t bode well for me. I figured if anyone could handle the time sink of a blog it was you. If you are scaling back I wonder if I can really handle DailyJ.

    But I know you have a billion or so other things to manage on the web so it is understandable.

    Glad to hear that JapanSoc will be a main focus though. You have done so much for the J-web community. Otsukaresama!

    1. It’s not so much scaling back as it is giving an excuse not to do “big” posts – you know, the ones that take over an hour. Instead, I might go the Japanese way and post a photo of my lunch with the comment, “I ate this for lunch”.

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