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The time shift within tymshft

When I initially coined the phrase “tymshft” several years ago, I intended to discuss how things change – or, more often, do not change – over time.

But there’s a more basic meaning to the phrase – the actual shifting of time, such as that which occurs when Daylight Saving Time begins and ends.

Or that which occurs when two people observe a parade from two different vantage points.

Or when I write blog posts.

You probably haven’t noticed this, but the majority of posts in the tymshft blog appear on weekdays at 7:00 am Pacific time. In a similar manner, the majority of posts in my Empoprise-BI business blog appear on weekdays at 5:00 am Pacific time. And when I write in my Inland Empire, music, or NTN Buzztime blogs, those posts generally appear at certain times of the day also.

Let me provide you with a tip – I’m usually not awake at 4:59 am, putting the final touches on business blog posts. (Although one person thought I was.) And normally at 7:00 am when posts appear in this blog, I’m nowhere near a working computer (if I’m on time, I’m usually on the freeway). Both WordPress (the blog engine for tymshft) and Blogger (the blog engine for the other blogs) offer the ability to schedule posts, which allows me to have posts appear at these preferred times.

Because the web is literally world-wide, the timing of posts has no universal effect. Perhaps my business blog posts appear before the financial markets open on the U.S. east coast, but in Europe the business day is nearing its end. Even the timing of the posts on the NTN Buzztime blog (a blog which is only currently relevant in the United States and Canada) doesn’t make a large amount of difference – while the posts occur at lunchtime on the West Coast, they appear in the middle of the afternoon on the East Coast – a time when many people probably aren’t thinking of gaming.

Last week I finally got around to establishing a Seesmic account (yeah, I know it’s late – I am not trendy). This allows me to schedule tweets, posts in my personal Facebook wall, and posts on my Facebook pages (but sadly, not on my Google+ stream or pages). At this point I don’t know how much I’ll use its scheduling features, but at least they’re there.

Which raises a final question – why do tymshft posts appear at 7:00 am Pacific? Well, there’s a highly scientific reason – because I’m not publishing anything else at that hour.

So now you know about the time shift behind tymshft – and I am free to enjoy the rest of my Saturday morning. Happy Wednesday.

Blogs, social networks, and what this means for tymshft

On Sunday, February 19, I started a blog. You’re reading it right now.

At the same time, I established a Google+ page (https://plus.google.com/b/110538760339914860505/#) for the blog, as well as a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Tymshft/390937200923679?sk=wall). My idea at the time was that the Google+ and Facebook pages could be “outliers” for my blog, which would be the center of the tymshft universe (such as it is).

On Monday, February 20, Jesse Stay wrote something (My Official (and Obligatory) “Traditional Blogging is Dead” Post) that presented a different perspective. Excerpts:

As sad as I am to see it, I think blogging really is dying. It’s a really tough way to make a living, and will become even more difficult in the future, in favor of more traditional news sites and people able to share and post personal opinion on social networks such as Google+, Facebook, and Twitter….

Does this mean I’ll kill my blog? Of course not – it just means I have to adapt its focus….

It means my blog is now becoming an extension of the social networks, and not vice versa.

For the record, I saw Stay’s thoughts on Facebook before I saw the blog post in Google Reader. Sign of the…um…times?

As is often true in technology, this represents a swinging of the pendulum. Back in the 1990s, it was important to have a presence on America OnLine. Then, by the time I finally got around to blogging in late 2003, it became more important to have your own presence – your own webpage, your own blog, what have you. Now the pendulum is swinging back in the other direction, and both individuals and corporations are finding that it’s more important to have a Facebook/Twitter/Google+ presence than it is to have your own thing.

When I read Stay’s comments I had not yet formally announced the existence of this blog – actually, I STILL haven’t made a formal announcement – so I’ve been posting cryptic statements saying that this was an interesting time (heh) to read things such as Stay’s article.

As any good Lutheran would, I am now asking myself the question: WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? In this case, it means that I need to pay attention to the Facebook and Google+ “outliers” more. (I’ve established similar pages for some of my other Empoprises blogs, but have neglected them.) After all, the “outliers” may actually be “inliers.”

So, I encourage you to join the tymshft pages on Facebook and Google+.

https://plus.google.com/b/110538760339914860505/#

https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Tymshft/390937200923679?sk=wall

And, more importantly, PARTICIPATE! Somehow we’ll all figure out how the blog and the Facebook page and the Google+ page can all work together as part of one happy family. Because I read something else last night – something from Kyle Lacy – that reminded me that the whole “comment fragmentation” issue hasn’t gone away.

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