What's Going On With fredwilson.vc


I’ve been struggling how to deal with maintaining two blogs (well four really) along with twitter, flickr, delicious, and facebook.

I blog at avc.blogs.com (you are here), fredwilson.vc, newcritics.com, and unionsquareventures.com.

I regularly create new content at twitter, flickr, delicious, and facebook.

Initially I planned to use fredwilson.vc to aggregate all of that activity in one place. Tumblr (the service that hosts fredwilson.vc) is great for doing that. Our firm, Union Square Ventures, has an investment in Tumblr and I suppose I am biased because of that. But to be honest, I’ve tried a number of "life stream" services and Tumblr is by far my favorite.

But I’ve come to realize that Tumblr is also a great blogging service as well as a life streaming service. And it’s particularly good for "light blogging" or "micro blogging". The Tumblr bookmarklet makes adding quotes to my tumblog a snap. The photoblogging capabilities are very slick. And the music blogging feature is really great too.

So here’s what is going on at fredwilson.vc:

I am aggregating all the posts I do here at avc and the posts I do at newcritics and Union Square Ventures into Tumblr, but they come in as truncated with a link so that they don’t overwhelm the tumblog format. I also bring in all my twitters and delicious posts. Occasionally I’ll send a flickr photo to tumbr as well.

But each and every day, I try to add one photo that’s a reflection of what I am doing, one quote I find memorable on the web, and one song to my tumblog. That stuff will only go to tumblr and it will stay there.

I suspect that for most of you, what you get here at avc is what you are most interested in and this will be a better place to "follow me". But for some, like my mom and dad, maybe the rest of my family, and certainly my friends who are on tumblr, fredwilson.vc will be better.

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Comments (Archived):

  1. Barbara

    Your conclusion is correct. I tried “fredwilson.vc” and it was too much info for me, so I’m back to reading AVC. — Nice to have a choice. -B

  2. Dave Hyndman

    Good post. I absolutely love the new tumblr (davehyndman.tumblr.com) but it adds to the confusion of where to post what: weblog, tumblr, twitter, flickr, pownce, et alI think you’re on to a good approach.BTW, I thought I was chatting with you on Twitter about the Packers game but then I realized that I don’t think you’re following me: davehyndmanDAVE

  3. Garbanzo

    Why again do you blog so much? How is this a good use of your time, or do you have a lot of free time?

    1. fredwilson

      I don’t have much free time. But I try to spend an hour a day bloggingThe beauty of tumblr is it takes almost no time to do the posts I am doing thereFred

  4. Jeff Judge

    I think people will move towards using services like tumblr (vs wordpress, blogger, movable type, etc) over time as it’s great to see everything pulled together in one place (blog posts, photos, reviews, etc) – an uber feed. Why not scrap avs.blogs.com altogether or redirect hits to tumblr?

    1. fredwilson

      Google juice

      1. Jeff Judge

        ah, that’s right. you still have to take antelope valley college (they’re first for ‘avc’)

  5. Rex Hammock

    I’ve been thinking along the same lines. Starting January 1, I want to go “all pro” with my blog — focusing on business/work/professional interests. And on rexhammock.com (which is now hosted on Tumblr.com), I plan to aggregate that plus flickr, twitter, delicious feeds — and do my family/friends/local posting there.Here’s my only concern with that approach, however. (And I’m not commenting on this because of your connections with Tumblr, just in response to your post) — Currently there is no “backup/export’ feature for content posted directly on Tumblr. I guess I could automatically feed all posts there to, say, another tumble log service so I have a “mirror” of the content (i.e., rex.soup.io) That’s a hack, but not a very elegant feature.I say all this because I know what it’s like to have two years of ones blog disappear from a hosted service. Had it not been for my regular exporting/backing up of the content, it could have been gone forever.I know this won’t happen with Tumblr, but I made a promise to myself then to never get in that same situation.

    1. fredwilson

      Goos suggestion for themI will pass it onFred

  6. jackson

    I think I want to continue to annoy your AVC readership; will my comments there appear here and vice versa like?

    1. fredwilson

      Not yet but hopefully soon

  7. jackson

    Did you hear the one about the first wheel not being perfectly round?