I haven’t been able to post on this trip nearly as much as I had anticipated. Granted, some of this is due to me being in remote locations with limited connection. When I have had connection, however, WordPress has been unable to deal with images unless I utilize an image processing application to resize the pictures. And, quite simply, that’s an extra step that I haven’t been interested in completing, especially since both Google+ and Facebook have no issues accepting the images in their original size. The end result, obviously, has been a relatively dark site with few updates even though I am in the middle of the most fantastic trip I have undertaken.
What it means going forward is that WordPress, once my go-to platform for blogging, no longer meets my needs as my primary point of contact for my online presence. While nothing is going to change in the immediate future (I am, after all, still on the road – currently 12,000 miles into my road trip and in Anchorage, AK), when I return next month I will be changing how I use Google+, Facebook, and this website. What I anticipate happening:
Google+: This will slowly replace RFdc as my primary tool for maintaining my presence on the web. It will house the majority of my photographs and serve as my go-to source for all of my content.
Facebook: Few changes. I’ll still use FB to stay in contact with friends and family, and I’ll also put the group functionality to greater use to limit content visibility. FB will continue to be completely locked down, and I may end up trimming my contacts back with a recommendation to join me on G+ if dropped contacts want to keep in touch.
RFdc: While it won’t disappear completely, I will likely work on revamping the entire site and focusing the content almost completely on writing (with potential posts on reading and photography). Currently I run a self-hosted WP install, and I will probably switch this over to a WP hosted site if it a) makes sense, and, b) will save me some money. Much of the non-writing content will slowly be migrated over to G+ and/or FB. I haven’t yet decided if I’ll remove it completely from RFdc or just toss it into a “From the Archives” type category.
It’s not the fist time I’ve adjusted my online presence based upon my usage pattern, and it likely won’t be the last. It is, however, the first time I’ve actually taken away focus from RFdc and placed it elsewhere. That’s a significant change and speaks volumes, I think, about the evolution of social media. My ultimate goal is to reduce the time and effort I spend on updating my online presence. Honestly, I would rather drop FB all together and focus on G+, but there are far too many important people in my life with whom that kind of change would ultimately eliminate almost all connection.
So, there you have it. An update from the Lakeshore Inn & Suites in Anchorage, AK on a rainy Monday morning. And since I have the time and want to post at least 1 more photo on this trip…
Here’s a picture of the old Kennicott Copper Mine near McCarthy, AK. I consider this area a must-see for anyone visiting Alaska. I spent 2 nights here, and could easily have spent at least another night.