My understanding of Posterous is that it was developed to allow people to post online via email but it also has an online interface that can be used as well however, the main feature that really got me interested in exploring it more was its AutoPost function.
The AutoPost function allows what I post on my Posterous blog to appear automatically on other blogging platforms and social networking sites that I subscribe to. Once I publish a post, it will be automatically updated on the following sites:
This excited me because this system allows me to post items of interest and relevance on Songwriting, Music Business and Home Recording that I find on the web and have that information appear at multiple points online while at the same time, these multiple points all link into this site.
Essentially, I expand my online presence without too much effort while creating incoming links to Corey Stewart Online (good for SEO) plus, interesting and relevant information is being circulated to those who want to read it.
The secondary reason for doing this is that through posting the relevant news of the day based on my topics of interest plus the wide ranging ideas of others I will become more inspired myself and therefore my own blogging/songwriting activity will increase.
This is of course an experiment that I’ll be monitoring very closely. I want to find out if I get an increase in traffic numbers, email subscription numbers and Google juice but I’ll make sure I keep you all up to date with the ongoing results.
Have a look on the right hand side of this blog, can you see the tag with Follow Me written on it?
Click on it and see what happens… It’s a new social networking plugin for WordPress called Follow Me that I’m using at the moment.
This plugin, developed by Ignite Social Media, allows you to put in information about your online social networking presence and once the plugin is active it creates a non-intrusive opportunity for your visitors to subscribe to any or all of your social network profiles and RSS feeds.
In my music room I have piles of paper with (half finished) song lyrics, to do lists, general ideas and random thoughts, lines, phrases and song titles all neatly presented for future reference.
I’ve attempted to use a computer keyboard and word processor instead of pen and paper to jot down my ramblings and I’ve found that the feeling of continuity between head/heart and computer screen is not the same as the organic scrawl of a really good quality pen.
Somehow the act of putting pen to paper allows me to be an integral part of what I’m writing whereas I feel distant from my ideas if I type it.
Yes, I know that for this very post to exist I would’ve had to have typed the words into a word processor or directly into the WYSIWYG editor in WordPress however, I wrote this particular post on paper first.
I don’t do this with every post however, I got the idea for this post from automatically and randomly writing on pieces of paper as a means of clearing my mind of the stuff it has collected over time. A bit of mental cleaning.
I’m a big fan of technology but at the same time I’d hate to see the art of writing with pen and paper disappear for good.
What do you think? Pen and paper or keyboard and word processor?