I have a split Internet personality. It’s for good reason. There’s nothing I hate more when I am looking for something to read on the ‘tubes than a blog that can’t decide what it is or what it wants to talk about. I’m definitely interetsed in your latest food escapade or coffee find. Not so much with your roommate troubles or how depressed you’ve been feeling lately. Or should I say, it’s not that each those things couldn’t make for interesting reading — it really just matters how well you present it and the quality of the writing — but I’m not interested in seeing them all jumbled together in the same space.
Let me ask you this: what if you’re favorite coffee bar started selling bags of potpourri and boxes of Nag Champa or what if that crazy-awesome inventive cocktail joint you found last weekend decided it would be a good idea to hold, say a prayer meeting a couple days a week as well and then — what the hell — they thought it might be lucrative, now that the’ve got you here, to sell you memberships to a health club. Over the bar. Every time they took your order. Would you go back? Does it sound like they respect you as a customer? How would your respect for them and what they did change in the face of so many disparate offerings? I think I know the answer. At least, I know how I would answer. I appreciate focus.
And so I’ve had, for some time now, several different basic presences on the internet. I have one for coffee – Daniel of Arabica – and when you go there you know you’re going to get links and tasting notes and photos on one subject: coffee.
I also have one for food and drink related topics – Eats. Drinks. Blogs. Same as above, it’s a known quantity. Eats. Drinks. Blogs. is about food and drink. Not tech. Not political matters. Not how I’ve been feeling lately. Just food and drink.
Last but not least, I keep a somewhat more personal blog – Danapalooza. That one is more of a mixed bag. But even then, you’re likely to find bits and pieces on a fairly narrow band of topics: technology or music or politics. I’m not going to tell you, for the most part, how I’ve been feeling lately on that one either.
It’s all about respect for the reader. Yes, that’s correct: I. Respect. You. You’re welcome.
It just seemed logical to pair a Twitter account with each of these. And so: @danielofarabica, @eatdrink and @danapalooza. As it turns out, though, how I interact with my blog and how I interact with Twitter are two very different things. With the different blogs, I’m writing. I’m sitting and focusing on one thing for a relatively long time.
With Twitter it’s short and sweet. Weather I’m writing a 140 character snippet or cruising through my list of people I follow, the engagement level is lower. There is less commitment. It’s all very temporal and fleeting. Many times I’m mobile. Most of the links I find in Tweets are shuttled off to be read later via Instapaper. It’s all OK. It’s the way it was meant to be. Twitter, even when the conversation turns to more serious subjects, is light and fun. It was never meant to be in-depth. So with three different personal accounts it’s hard to treat Twitter the way it should be treated. It’s not supposed to be a chore. One account always pulls the short straw and gets forgotten about.
One of them has to go. Which one will it be?
Shedding an identity … how refreshing
Considering the paucity of conversations I engage in with my @eatsdrinks Twitter account (especially when compared to the number on @danielofarabica), the account’s meager list of followers (which is probably connected to the number of conversations) and how much a love of great food dovetails with the love of fine coffee, I think it’s time for a little trial run of folding my food related Twitter activities on @eatsdrinks into those of @danielofarabica.
It’s a natural fit, really. The number of conversations about food, wine, beer et al. I find going on between coffee folk is unsurprisingly very high. Weather it’s @MaximumGrindage letting us salivate vacriously through him while he prepares fine meats, @TimStyles letting us all in on his passion for the best beer the world has to offer or @tonx revealing — inadvertantly or not — his affection for kick-ass wine bars as well as the occasional cocktail spot, the specialty coffee community and that of lovers of fine foodstuffs fit together like a shot of espresso poured over a creamy scoop of vanilla gelato. Yeah, “Yum”.
It’s going to make my digital life a lot easier as well. I know: poor me.
For those of you kind enough to engage or follow along with my ramblings on coffee at twitter.com/danielofarabica you can expect a little more back and forth on more general food and drink related topics from here on out. I hope that’s OK.
For those of you who do the same at twitter.com/eatsdrinks … oh wait I guess that’s the point isn’t it. Well, if you are following me at @eatsdrinks, it may be time to take a look at @danielofarabica. You’re call, of course.
The blogs remain separate. I think that’s still appropriate.
See you on the inter/Twitter-‘tubes.
Daniel of Arabica (my baby) – http://danielofarabica.com/
Eat. Drink. Blog. – http://eatdrinkblog.posterous.com/
Danapalooza – http://danapalooza.posterous.com/
twitter.com/eatsdrinks (defunct, of course)
@MaximumGrindage apreciates fine meat-stuffs – http://twitter.com/MaximumGrindage/status/21541007097
Tim Styles loves him some quality brew – http://twitter.com/TimStyles/status/22382592404
Some might think there’s a problem with @Tonx’s love for Bar Covell but I think he’s just fine. – http://twitter.com/jory/status/21539737314