After an aborted first attempt at Twitter, I'm now back in the saddle with it and finding blogging to be oh so 2008. And I've just realized that I can use Twitter to solve a problem that has been plaguing me...
My intent for this blog has been to provide reasonably in-depth posts and to try and combine with each post a couple of angles that people might not otherwise have been aware of. I explicitly did not want to emulate the excellent Instapundit and be a link redistributor without much extra content. I read Instapundit constantly, but, well, that site already exists and if there's one thing that annoys me about Glenn's efforts it's those times when he posts a link with no context, kicking off a debate in me about whether to take the time waiting for a page to load to discover whether I have any interest in the destination.
And yet...I realized that many times a day I was firing off a quick link in email to a couple of friends, often links that would be of interest to readers of this blog. But I didn't have the time or necessarily the knowledge to add the amount of content I would want for a blog post.
This is where Twitter comes in: I realized it's the perfect place to post links of potential interest without cluttering the blog posts, and even better I discovered that I can hook the Twitter items directly into the blog page (as you can see on the right side of the page) for those who don't want to get into the whole Twitter client thing.
So if you are interested in a steady stream of links on subjects relevant to this blog, including US politics, Islamic radicalism, economics and the like, please do follow the BetterAngels Twitter feed, or just check out the entries on this page once in a while.
If you are inexplicably interested in what video game I'm playing at the moment and which lolcat I'm lolling at, feel free to follow my personal Twitter feed or check up on it at the Avenging Angels blog.
One downside to using Twitter for this purpose is that it's difficult to provide hat tips to the sources where I got the links. I'll be sure to keep the sites I read frequently updated in the column on the right, and I'll probably do an occasional catch-all post for those who deserve credit for links I'm reposting.
On other slight changes...I haven't been blogging as much as I'd like recently, but it's not for lack of spewing my opinion onto the Internet. It's just that I've been putting more time into posting on other forums (which also tends to be an important way to have people discover this blog). Since I often put some quality time into those posts, I'm going to get in the habit of reproducing more of them here.