So, I’ve recently started trying to stick to a rough schedule in all my posts to various places, something that makes more sense than my previous randomly-determined model. (e.g. seventeen posts in a row on a night of insomnia, followed by two months of radio silence, followed by a single cat picture, etc.)
The schedule is: Mon.: a story; Tue.: day of rest; Wed.: a video, with commentary; Thu. an old pic or other item “from the archives”; Fri. a cover of my song “Even Hitler Had a Girlfriend” found on the internet (styled “your Friday morning ‘Hitler’).
The stories go on my Medium account (here, obv.) The video on my Youtube account. And from there they “flow” along with the song commentary, the pics, and the “Hitlers” (as long as they last) and whatever else to all my various places: minds.com; twitter/frankportman; twitter/mtxforever; my old blog Dr Frank’s What’s-It (crumbling before our eyes, but still accessible); my Facebook; my band’s Facebook; Instagram/drankf (sometimes). And now, F. Portman On Google, which is where I’m typing this.
Beyond the self-discipline for its own sake, I’m doing this to provide people who want to find out about the stuff I’m doing with a more structured, consistent way to find out about it. Because (a) I’m doing a lot of stuff these days, and (b) the social media platforms that are now people’s main source of information on things that people like me do seem to hide a lot of stuff these days.
You’d think a riotous world of competing communications vehicles would be a good thing for the sake of spreading such stuff further, but in fact, if they’re competing at anything it seems to be trying to outdo each other at hiding things people want to find out about from the people who want to find out about them. It’s the opposite of communication. Dis-communication, if you will.
I miss the days when I just had a single blog where I’d post things and anyone who was interested would just know to go there to find out what I was up to. Of course, I could still do that, but it wouldn’t work because people don’t get information that way anymore and no one would go there. For better or worse (worse, of course, it’s always worse when that’s the choice) everyone has passively accepted that tidbits be served to them by an aggregate of faceless companies based on secret criteria. It’s not a good thing, but it is the way it is. Hell in a handbasket, I tell ya.
Anyway, I’m not saying I think doing this will solve that problem. I’m not an idiot, or at least, not all the way. But at minimum, when people say “how can I find out about the stuff you’re doing that I’m not seeing?” I will have a place to send them, and a more or less predictable structure extending to the future in case they ever feel like checking back. I figure it’s better than nothing, and maybe it’ll help, who knows?
We’ll see if I can keep it up!