I’ve been putting off creating a blog for far too long, and this week I decided enough was enough. I needed somewhere to post this internship opportunity with us at Cox Media Group (please spread the word!) and I was tired of keeping my 141+ character opinions to myself, or having to guest post them elsewhere like a homeless person.
So yes, up until now, I haven’t had a blog. I haven’t even updated mathildepiard.com in the year and a half I’ve moved to Atlanta, so it still says I work at the Palm Beach Post (and it’s still more or less the same lame thing I designed years ago in Dreamweaver before I knew better). And now that I’ve set up matpiard.com on WordPress here (I signed up for matpiard with GMail and parked @matpiard on Twitter months ago because people just can’t seem to learn how to spell Mathilde), it doesn’t even have a theme or anything pretty like that. Yes, it’s embarrassing, I know, so don’t judge and please just move on.
Anyway, back to the actual topic: I was torn between a WordPress and Tumblr account. I know it’s like comparing apples and oranges (actually, the same day I was having this conversation with folks on Twitter about this, Paul Bradshaw actually posted excellent run down of which platforms are best suited to each blogging purpose). But in my case I could have gone either way: I wanted something where I could react to stuff I read with more than 140 characters (Tumblr suitable), but once I get going, I can get pretty verbose (not so Tumblr suitable). So I asked folks on Twitter. Predictably, the geekier folks were proponents of WordPress, while the self-avowed lazier types recommended Tumblr.
I decided to go with WordPress for some things, in part because of SEO. For example, had I had this blog last week, I might have posted my revised list of the top 25 newspapers on Twitter on it – and I would have wanted it to have every fighting chance against the inaccurate versions posted over at The Wrap and Forbes. I’m a perfectionist with a procrastination problem however, so I hope the upkeep and maintenance for WordPress won’t became too much like it did with Emma Carew, who said she lost interest in hers.
Meanwhile, I also set up a Tumblr account, mostly because I wanted to post this video that I loved, and so I could start dipping my toe into that community as well.