Following through on my thoughts on blogging with Twitter, I’ve started going through and cleaning up the imported Twitter digests made over the past 10 months. Some of the things I’m doing:
- Rewriting titles to be more meaningful than “Line Items for YYYY-MM-DD”
- Rewriting post slugs for the same reason. (WordPress will remember the old URL and redirect it, so it won’t break incoming links.)
- Adding tags and categories
- Reformatting single-item lists as very short posts.
- Reformatting links and expanding shortened URLs (which I’ve been doing for a while now).
- Pulling the “Powered by Twitter Tools” link from the shortest posts, generally those with only one or two items, so that it doesn’t end up dominating the related-posts data.
- Removing redundant items. No need to keep, for instance, a link to an article when it’s followed by a post with detailed commentary on the same article. Or a link to a phone photo that’s followed by a post embedding the same photo, or one of the same subject taken with a better camera.
- Removing really trivial items. Though I’m not always sure where to draw the line.
- Fixing, replacing, or just dropping dead links.
- Update: Uploading photos to show them inline instead of linked. Especially when the original link is dead.
I’ll be updating a few posts at a time for the next week or so, but it should be manageable once I’m caught up.
Meanwhile, I’ve separated my LiveJournal from my Twitter account. There’s no sense in maintaining two archives of ephemera, so I’ve decluttered my LJ: Any “Line Items” that didn’t have comments are gone, and the few that did now have proper titles, tags, userpics, etc.
Update: The cleanup is complete!