Blogging vs. Lifestreaming

If you’re not familiar with lifestreaming, you can jump over to Posterous and check it out. It’s a technology that some people are using to replace their personal blog. How does it replace a blog? They’re able to dump text in (like you can with a blog), but also just let people see pictures or videos taken from their phone, etc. It’s a place for people to put pretty much whatever they want out there for you to see.

My first thought? Picture yourself walking through church, school, your office, the mall, etc. When someone you know (either well or not much at all) passes you, what’s the typical response? For me it usually goes something like this……ME: Hey! THEM: Hey, how are you doing? ME: Fine…..you? THEM: Alright.

And that’s about the end of it. The discussion might start back up in a week, but it will probably sound the same. Why does lifestreaming not jive with me? Because it’s taking that kind of a discussion and extending it online. If God is working in either of our lives, and we have something to share, we had better be willing to open up and get a little deeper with our discussion. The person that just says “hey” to you surely isn’t too concerned, and most definitely won’t be there when  you hit bottom or are in a time of need. Honestly, I need fewer of those friends in my life. I’d replace fifty of those with two new friends that might just take 10 minutes out of their day to chat.

That’s what I pray blogging does for you as much as it does for me. Lets you connect with someone that might benefit from what you have to say. Or lets you speak into a discussion by commenting or sharing your thoughts or what you’ve been through / are going through. I dig Twitter / Facebook……places that are there just to spew out the things that aren’t meant to be as deep. But replacing depth (your story) with bits and pieces of shallow info is much different. I’m sure a few of you have thought about the importance of blogging, or maybe even switching to the lifestreaming model? Any thoughts?

PRAYING for my sister-in-law, Angie, as she competes in the finals of a singing contest here in Ohio on Saturday. May God speak through her voice, and encourage her!!! PRAISING God for nudging us to get deeper with people, and show them we do really care.

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  1. I hear you loud and clear.

    I’m fed up to the back teeth of meaningless interactions. I want some depth out of my relationships and I take your prayer thought on board – as it is one of the reasons I started blogging was to hopefully network in a meaningful way with like minded souls.

  2. Gabe,

    I agree with you, but I also think that Twitter is a great way to meet people who might eventually click on over to your blog (like me) and interact with you on a deeper level.

    It it weren’t for Twitter, I would not be typing this comment right now. I think it takes a while, sometimes, for the purpose behind new technologies to really come to light.

    I agree with what you’re saying about passing each other in the hall — we may only say “hey” to each other and never anything else. However, when we “pass” each other on Twitter, there is a chance that we will connect on a deeper level if we decide to check out each others’ blogs.

    My point is this. I love Twitter because it connects me to like-minded folks that I would never have known existed otherwise. And it gives me the chance (if I take it), to get to know anyone that interests me on a deeper level. Pretty cool.

    There is a lot said about online communication and how we are all becoming isolated because of it. I totally disagree. It has proven to do the exact opposite for me and a lot of the people I know. But again, we have to take the initiative to connect on a personal level, but at least we are getting that opportunity with all of these social media tools.

    Well, that’s my two cents worth!

    Nancy

  3. Nancy – Good points, but Twitter isn’t really a lifestream (which is why I used Posterous as the example). Twitter and Facebook are for short updates that can’t get too deep because of the limitations. A lifestream isn’t limited, but are usually posts that are much shorter (or just might be a pic or video), and usually don’t create much discussion at all. They seem to have a purpose of just showing that you’re alive, LOL.

  4. Gabe: I know I kinda missed the point of your whole post, which was about lifestreaming. LOL. Guess I just wanted to say what I wanted to say ( I was up wayyyy too late and very tired).

    I think blogging vs. lifestreaming is an interesting topic. I’m going to check out Posterus first hand, so I know what you’re talking about. :o) I have looked at it before, but only briefly. Are there other sites like Posterus out there? I’m curious how popular it is — you know, what the adoption rate is… think I’ll do a little research!

    ~Nancy

  5. I agree with your point, for sure.

    I took a look at Posterus just now. Is it anything more than a glorified Twitter? It can handle various forms of media, etc. Maybe it depends on what you looking to accomplish.

    This guy (a random example) seems to use it as a blog. Hmmm… http://stephenlaughlin.posterous.com/ Maybe the method of posting is what’s novel and new.

    Whatever technology we use, we need to do what you’re saying and take time to pursue relationship. Thanks for the post.

  6. I wish I had read this before writing my post today… it would have saved me so much work to just send people over here!

    Great post. I completely agree. Social Networking is fine as long as we get past the shallowness and allow it to produce deeper relationships!

  7. so, check it out, i actually have become friends with a lot of people from Twitter and online venues. i talk to them on the phone periodically as well. i like Posterous for random stuff and pictures from my blackberry

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