Why am I looking at this website?
Someone probably sent you a link to it as encouragement to put your comments on a blog or other website instead of in a Twitter thread, private Facebook post, Instagram comment or other limiting social media format.
Wait, what are you even talking about?
Social media sites like Twitter are great for writing short comments and linking to things, but they’re not set up well for publishing longer form articles, essays or analysis. If you find yourself breaking your thoughts up across multiple tweets or posts just to get them out there, you’re probably doing it wrong.
I’m not some fancy writer, why should I care?
If you’re using the Internet to publish comments that people will read, you’re a writer. If you’re bringing new insights to the issues, challenges and concerns of our time, you’re a writer who should be read. Don’t sell yourself short by trapping your thoughts in a “tweetstorm” when you have something worthwhile to say.
So what’s wrong with tweetstorms again?
Twitter threads (and Facebook posts, Instagram comments, Snapchat captions, etc) make conversation and dialogue harder, not easier. They’re not easy for general audiences to read, link and respond to. They lock your content up inside tools and services that may not always be around, and some of them exist only to find ways to make money off of you, not to help you get the word out.
If you’re going to make a longer and more thoughtful contribution to the conversation, writing your thoughts out on a blog or other website and then linking to your post gives you more control and ownership of your content in the long run.
But isn’t starting a blog something for computer people?
Lots of people from all walks of life start blogs and websites every day. Some share personal stories, some cover news and current events, others give their take on books, movies, art, TV shows, food, travel, music and more. Some people even make a living by publishing their thoughts online. All you need is something to write about and a little passion.
So how do I get started? I’ve got things to say!
Perhaps the easiest place to start is at WordPress.com where you can create a blog or website for free in just a few minutes. With a few optional upgrades you can be up and running with a custom domain name and other great features. WordPress also makes it really easy to embed your tweets in posts, all you have to do is put a tweet URL on a line by itself and WordPress will handle the rest…blogging and Twitter do great things together!
WordPress powers over 33% of the web, and is the best way to publish yourself online. But if you don’t want to use WordPress, there are still lots of other great options out there, and you can search for information about starting a blog.
What are you selling?
Nothing. We just want you to get your comments out there in a way that other people can find them, respond to them, and share them more easily. We want to see the quality of public discourse improved, but there’s no money to be made from this message or website.
Who’s behind this?
This site was created by Chris Hardie after talking with lots of people who have similar interests in improving how people communicate online. Chris is employed by Automattic, the creator of WordPress.com, and so technically if you use their services Chris will benefit indirectly. But this site and its contents were created as a personal project and in no way represent Automattic, its partners or affiliates, employees, owners or other related parties.
If you’re interested, Chris has written elsewhere about this topic of moving beyond tweetstorms, owning our digital homes and how to get started with owning our digital homes. You can contact Chris if you want to.