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So, What happened to Your Blog?

Yes, the overall design of this blog took a radical shift over the course of three of four days. I have joined a growing number of people who are happily wandering away from the traditional blog display and are instead moving toward a mixed-media sort of publishing aka the “Tumblelog.” So, some posts appear in a dedicated style, depending upon their classification as regular posts, images, quotes, and/or video. I call this a “Tumble-Hybrid,” because it is part weblog, part Tumblelog, but neither. If that makes sense? I really want a log, rather than a weblog (or what weblogs have become).

So, Why did I make such a drastic change? Well, honestly it’s not so drastic. I mass deleted this blog last fall, and began over with a new goal that was focused upon the idea of pith. I was simply going to write pithy statements. You can look at the very first posts on this blog and see that direction clearly. So, the present re-design is not so drastic, given my earlier goal to write pith.

I am also becoming more interested in real-time and real-time relationships. I want to invest much more time in those relationships. My family and the church plant is requiring most of my time. I really don’t have time for a big, bloated, requirement heavy blog. I like pith; I like the idea of the Tumblelog. They both fit my present situation and meet some creative and practical needs.

So, Lo-Fi Tribe lives on and will continue to live on, but the scope and direction is shifting in favor of real-time and real-life relationships. Ministry demands it and I’m called and more than willing to oblige. I love it.

Tribe will have all sorts of neat posts and things added to it. So, do watch this space as it continues to evolve and grow.


  1. Posted August 2, 2007 at 11:40 pm | Permalink

    I like this idea. I’m looking into it further.

  2. Posted August 3, 2007 at 7:52 am | Permalink

    Ben, I shot you an e-mail! :)

  3. Posted August 3, 2007 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    I am intrigued. My mind says that all my posts need to be well thought out, carefully categorized and archived for eternity. Yet at the same time I am addicted to the stream of consciousness known as Twitter.

  4. Posted August 3, 2007 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    Yeah, Scott. It seems like all three of us (Ben, you, and me), and probably many others, are living right there in that “in-between” spot. It’s not quite a full-blow Tumblelog, but it’s a serious departure from regular blog publishing, so …

    Streaming consciousness is so much more fun than pumping out regular, magazine-like, punditry-laden posts. I think fun wins out too.

    Good to hear from you, Scott.

  5. Posted August 3, 2007 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    What are the types of entries with this hybrid: traditional article, aside, quote, image, conversation, _______? Does this mean that one could essentially ditch services like Twitter and and replace them with features under the blog umbrella? That’d be a couple less accounts to maintain, though I do like the texting feature of Twitter. Can you set the category with WP email posting (I’ve never tried it)?

  6. Posted August 3, 2007 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    Well, I never actually considered it, Scott, but yeah … i suppose you could do such a thing. You could be the culmination of all those things, under your own dedicated URL and username … not to mention you own the content (and the database). I’m not sure about setting th cat via e-mail posting and xmlrpc … I never tried it. It may work???

  7. Posted August 4, 2007 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    Shawn, I think I’m going to experiment with the Tumble-Hybrid. What do I need to know to do it on WordPress?

  8. Posted August 4, 2007 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    Cool, Scott. I’ll be with you shortly … I’m right in the middle of some serious preoccupation. I’ll get some info to you soon.

  9. Posted August 7, 2007 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    I love this idea first of all, and I would love to do the same thing, to make this so much easier I think you should release it for download :). But seriously if I have some troubles would mind if I asked for some help?

  10. Posted August 7, 2007 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    Nick - I have a few wrinkles that need to be ironed out, but after that I have no problem packaging it all up and making it available for you and others.

  11. Posted August 7, 2007 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    Dude you would so be my hero, I have been spending all morning trying to figure this out. I have a real hard time with all the “if”’s.

  12. Posted August 8, 2007 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    Looking forward to the instruction Shawn, as you know I am onboard with the idea.

  13. Posted August 9, 2007 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    My pal Wess is all agog about this so I thought I’d see what the fuss is. I’ve been blogging since late ‘97 so have experienced all the change of styles. I’ve been excited by Twitter and trying to move my sites to a more stream of consciousness style… I moved my popular linksblog over to its own site a few years ago and have been thinking about bringing it back, plus I love Twitter and have recently stumbled on Gabcast.

    But I’m surprised by the implementation–you’re just formatting regular Wordpress posts differently by category? And people are wanting to ditch Twitter,, etc? That seems the wrong direction: let’s bring them in. It’s much easier to tweet via Twitter, bookmark via , etc., etc. Plus I get a lot of site traffic from those sites and like hosting content there. Most of us have been adding those services to little boxes on the sidebar, widget-style, but maybe the most interesting thing would be to mash them altogether, to show how they interact. And that way when next week’s cool new service comes along you’ll be able to splice it right in. I think you’re on to something but I’m wondering if you’re only going half-way.

    Hmm…. Yahoo Pipes collecting, mashing, sorting then spitting out to a blog API for actual posting (so we have search, comments and a united RSS for everyone). Pipes could add the div tags, pull out junk from the feeds, etc…

  14. Posted August 9, 2007 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    Hi, Martin. The whole point of my doing this was to simplify not only my weblog, but also my life. I have no desire at all to spend precious moments of my life playing with Twitter or anything else remotely similar. I think they are holes which suck away at time that would be better spent elsewhere. So, I personally do not want to be logging into a dozen different sites just to mash them all up on mine. I want to log cool things I find on the net (during the disciplined time I spend on the net), life-events, and the occasional essay-like post. That’s good enough for me. What you are suggesting would take away from time dedicated to such things.

    I also think if I’m going to write it, I’m going to own it, on my own database.

    The formatting here is simple, as you rightfully point out, but that’s the point. I am no longer strapped to one form of weblog post. I can chuck things up in an exaggerated simple fashion. This gives me more time to do the important things in life AND keep a simple and aesthetic looking log of it all.

    So, that’s what I’m shooting for with this direction.

  15. Posted August 14, 2007 at 12:41 am | Permalink

    I couldn’t understand some parts of this article poetry, but I guess I just need to check some more resources regarding this, because it sounds interesting.

  16. Posted August 14, 2007 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    I like the way you did this, it is true that wrapping it into a theme would take some of the fun out of it. When it comes down to the wire, content is more important than presentation, but presentation can be icing on the cake!

  17. Odysseus
    Posted September 5, 2007 at 4:49 pm | Permalink


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