Dan Counsell

I write about life, work, technology, and everything in-between.


June 19th, 2017

I felt a lot of pressure when writing a "traditional blog". I felt like the articles I posted needed to be in-depth and polished. I never felt comfortable posting random thoughts, ideas, or observations.

For some time now I've wanted to write shorter, more frequent posts without worrying about the exact content or subject of what I'm posting. Late last year I heard about microblogging and thought it sounded pretty good.

Twitter and Tumblr fit into the microblogging category. However, the character limit is too short, and more importantly, the content is not entirely owned by the user. Twitter could delete your account at any time, and there'd be nothing you could do about it. They're unlikely to do that though as they're busy selling your data to numerous third parties.

While Minimal Path may not strictly fit the standard framework of microblogging, it will adhere to some of the same principles. e.g. shorter content, and more frequent posts. Sometimes I'll post longer more in-depth posts, and I'm okay with that. The real key is the freedom to post what I like while owning the content and being fully in control.

I'm using Kirby (a mostly static CMS system) to run this website. It's lightweight, fully customisable, and can be hosted anywhere. All posts are stored as markdown files, making it easy to migrate to another system in the future should I need to.

If you're interested in setting up a microblog, but don't want to build your own system, you could use something like micro.blog from Manton Reece.

Thanks for Reading.