As I’ve just posted, I am now blogging for the Poetry Foundation; my first blog post, “San Francisco Poet Al Robles (1930-2009)” went up the other day. I am now officially posting on five blogs, though I am hardly active on the International Exchange for Poetic Invention blog, where I really can afford to be cross posting more between that and the PAWA blog. Speaking of the PAWA blog, poet Rachelle Cruz, host of The Blood-Jet Hour, will soon be posting the occasional review among other things.
I have also been posting to Twitter, which is sometimes helpful for directing traffic to my various blog posts, submissions calls, information about upcoming events. As many of you know, Twitter’s been acting a little strange lately, despite how many times I clean cookies and clear cache, so I haven’t been able to RT others’ tweets that I find interesting or useful. For example, Texas based poet Anise Onofre‘s been putting up some cool announcements about Gemini Ink and Aztlan Libre Press. Please check out both of these orgs. Tara Betts has been steadfastly promoting her forthcoming first book, Arc and Hue, which I hope you will also check out. No Tell Books has been promoting its titles as well as sharing news and information regarding the poetry industry.
Google Reader has recently added a feature in which you can send items in your RSS feed to Twitter. This feature automatically creates the short link, AKA the http://bit.ly. It’s easier and easier to share content. I think “relevant content,” “useful content” are better terms, but knowing what is relevant and useful entails knowing the communities in which you participate, and what is your function there.
That said, as Oscar and I have been discussing, Twitter is so much noise, and so little content. There is too much random crap to sift through. He points us to a recent article telling us that research has categorized roughly 40% of Twitter tweets as “pointless babble,” “I am eating a sandwich now” posts. Why do people think the rest of the world cares about their damn sandwich? I don’t care about your damn sandwich. What’s the point of clogging up these public e-spaces with banal bits of information? “At least make the sammich interesting,” Oscar says. Indeed, I see poets and writers tweeting interesting meals, creating lovely visuals in such small spaces. Karen An-hwei Lee does this kind of sampling and remixing from various stimuli, and I think this is an extension of her Ardor poetics; I look forward to her daily finds, orchids or aloe vera plants at a local nursery, as well as excerpts from poetry she’s reading.
I think I need to use Tweetdeck to help me sort through all of these bits of noise in order to find the actual useful stuff. That, or I unfollow more people. Isn’t it funny though, needing new applications to help us navigate through existing applications, because the existing applications aren’t as helpful as they’re alleged to be.
I think I’d like to hear more from folks regarding your on-line presences. Why are you plugged in? What do you hope to accomplish or gain being plugged in?