“Channel” is the important signifier, I suspect. “Personal publishing” can mean a multiplicity of things, and should. And it probably starts with owning or at least significantly renting your own transmitter and owning all the master tapes.
That’s from the last post. Let me unpack this for myself a bit.
MORNING COMPUTER was erratically-published aphoristic writing nominally produced in my mornings as a writing exercise. It was amusing to me for a long time, but needs shift over time, and it began to not fit emerging requirements. These requirements included being able to signal that I was still alive, to be able to log new music I was interested in, and, bluntly, to be able to do anything I felt like. MORNING COMPUTER had an interesting set of constraints, but I started to feel them.
I wanted to return to the idea of a channel. Something where, if I am so moved, I can broadcast to you, my single reader, from when I get up to when I bail out at night. Sometimes it will be very boring, of course, like posting a picture of replacing the pond liner. But a personal log is allowed to be boring. I do hope to get time to write longer essays for myself once work calms down. The requirement, however, is being able to log my days. Before livestreaming there was “lifestreaming.” I won’t ever go full chronofile again — I experimented with that on a Tumblr instance once, and it was both oddly fascinating but also mostly stultifyingly appallingly overkill-dull.
The redoubtable Andy Affleck from WordPress Special Circumstances is taking a look at some additional fast-moving posting strategies for me. It would be nice to recover some things from the rapacious swallow of social media.