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It’s been a while since I’ve written.  I’ve just completed a challenging week of final exams and if everything goes according to plan, I will be a graduate of Boston University’s College of Communication in 8 long days…

While I was taking a break from blogging, I’ve been working on some new ideas for Bobby Pens.  It took me a few weeks after joining in February for a class assignment, but I am now completely and totally addicted to Twitter. I had just a basic personal account when I first joined, but about a month in, I suddenly “got it” and became the micro-blog within the Bobby Pens blog.  You can and should use your Twitter account as an extension of your blog. I’ve found it doubles the interactivity.

  • A micro-blog is the same idea as a regular blog but it consists of much shorter written, audio, or visual entries (there are also macro-blogs, discussed on Bobby Pens as well).  The recommended length of a blog post is 250-500 words.  A micro-blog can be one sentence, 140 characters, a three-photo photo essay, a ten second video clip, a text message, or a quick status update on a larger social networking site, for example.
  • See: Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, Facebook, Jaiku, Plurk for examples of micro-blogging platforms.

There are some great Tumblr “Tumblelogs” out there ( and, but Twitter is my micro-blogging drug of choice.  It forces me to confront my problems with brevity (you are limited to 140 characters per “tweet”).  It also reminds me how profound writers can be when they use their words (and multimedia) judiciously.

So I’ve decided to start tweet-logging, yet another term that I thought I’d invented, but to which someone already beat me. Life goes on… I suppose.

  • Tweet-logging is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a log of your tweets.
  • You don’t have to do it on your own.  There is software that automatically updates your regular blog with your tweets for the day (for example, LoudTwitter).
  • I will be manually tweet-logging, to showcase my favorite tweets on Bobby Pens and elsewhere. You can see a full feed of my tweets on the left-and side of this blog, or of course by visiting my Twitter page.

Unfortunately, there are no formal tweet-logs that I could find to share with you… Tweet-logs pop up in various forms on plenty of blogs, but always part of a larger blog, like this one.  But this is the internet. Give it some time!


So my involvement with Twitter has forced me to confront my age-old enemy: Brevity. Those 140 characters are a total buzz kill when you’re suddenly struck with the urge to pour out your soul on the topic of seafood bisque, as I often am. (I like mine chunky. Why must chefs blend it to a pulp so that I’m forced to drink my shrimp? Is that someone’s idea of cuisine? Because from where I sit, it’s just a glorified, aquatic-life-based protein shake.)

I’m not the biggest fan of conciseness. It does nothing for me. Eclecticism? Cool. Specificity? Awesome. Give me any topic, any story, but by all means, do not skimp me on the details. And for the love of Office Suite, don’t ask me to keep it short either.

You may not know me, oh, but you know someone just like me. The kind of person who tells a story that starts in one time zone and ends up just like that time my Grandma took me to see a taping of Wheel of Fortune, only Vanna White didn’t look anything like I thought she’d look up close, you know?

But I can’t function that way anymore… I start to write a blog entry that looks like a FAFSA application. And for what?! I can’t even tell by the end how the beginning got there. And it keeps me from saying all the things I’ve got on my mind. WHO OTHERWISE WILL SOUND THE ALARM ABOUT SEAFOOD BISQUE??

So I’m going to limit myself. I have to. For the sake of sanity, Bobby Pens is becoming a macro-blog. 200 words or less, per entry. For the next 5 posts (it’s trial run). Maybe 250 words if the topic moves me. Hey, you don’t get to make the rules! And you don’t need to count the words in this entry, either. Nope… no need.

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