I set up a place for “my favorite things”. Let’s share

I’m trying something which I’ve seen one other blogger do, though I’m adding a new twist to it. Hopefully it’ll go well. As this blog has evolved I’ve tried to give it a defining purpose. There have been some things I’ve wanted to share with my readers, but they’re of the, “Hey, look at this,” variety. I kind of tried that here a few years ago, but settled more on reserving this blog for my own “deep thoughts” on computing, and societal issues.

I’ve been sharing articles and videos with “friends” and such on Facebook for about a year-and-a-half now. It’s had its moments, but it hasn’t been that satisfying. The main reason I did it is I wanted to have thoughtful engagement with others, but that didn’t happen much. There are times when I like a little light-hearted fluff, too, and that’s more compatible with the Facebook ethos. I’m making an effort to broaden the sharing to more than just “friends” in a “walled garden” network. Just trying something different.

(Update 5-12-2013: Posterous shut down on April 30. I moved my “favorites” blog to WordPress. I talked about an “e-mail” feature below on Posterous. I vaguely remember hearing about an “e-mail to post” feature on WordPress, which I can enable, but I haven’t tried it. Since all I got on Posterous through that was spam, I’d just assume not use it.)

I’ve decided to set up another blog for this purpose that is just about stuff I’ve found on the internet which interests me, mainly articles written by others, and videos. It probably won’t have a lot of commentary (I do that here). It’s hosted on Posterous, which makes it easy to post different forms of internet media. The web address is http://markfavorites.posterous.com I’ve created a WordPress blog, at http://marksfavorites.wordpress.com (I’ve also included it on my “Links” sidebar as “My favorites”). It has comments enabled so people can respond to what’s shared. It has a feature, which I’ve enabled, where anyone can contribute posts to my “favorites” blog, which I will moderate. This enables you to share something with me. All you have to do is send the posting as an e-mail to post@markfavorites.posterous.com. I think I got this all set up correctly, but if you have any problems with it, let me know. My personal e-mail address is on the “About” page of this blog. We’ll see how this goes. This “favorites” blog I’ve set up is public, so potentially anyone “off the street” can post to it. But hey, if it’s interesting, I’ll let it on through.

As I said, Posterous makes it easy to post internet media. Typically you just put the URL a video or audio file in the post, and it figures out how to embed it, or link to it, properly in the post. For articles it’s better if you put the URL in an anchor tag. This applies to all e-mail postings as well. Most e-mailers have a “link” feature you can use to create anchors.

Will be seeing you…