The #reverb10 prompt for December 2nd is focused on writing, specifically: What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing — and can you eliminate it?
I do an innumerable amount of things that don’t contribute to my writing about public history. Procrastination, perfectionism, and over analyzing things to name a few. On a more concrete level I think that my use of twitter has actually caused my blog writing to decline a bit. I often post things or link to articles on twitter that are definitely worthy of a blog post.
Tweeting about public history is a quick easy way to get a idea out there with minimal effort. A blog post takes more thought, time, and dedication. However, twitter allows me to interact with parts of the heritage and cultural community which I may never interact with otherwise. It’s a different type of promotion, communication, and environment. I think it compliments blogging, I just need to remind myself that it’s nice to form ideas longer than 140 characters.