Who's on your blogroll?
The no-pressure kind. Manton Reece explains.
I love that blogs can scale from the trivial to the important. The microblog post about what you had for breakfast. The half-baked rant about something you’re passionate about. And sometimes, the rare essay that really hits the mark and makes people think.
— No-pressure blogging by Manton Reece
I've been struggling to blog more in the last couple of years. Partly that's down to me trying to produce too high a level of content. I should just blog what comes to mind. It won't all be great, but every now and again there will be a post that really stands outs.
I'm bookmarking this as an essential. I'm surprised I haven't read this post before by Merlin Mann, but then it was a long time ago.
Essential advice for bloggers.
Good blogs reflect focused obsessions. People start real blogs because they think about something a lot. Maybe even five things. But, their brain so overflows with curiosity about a family of topics that they can't stop reading and writing about it. They make and consume smart forebrain porn. So: where do this person's obsessions take them?
— What Makes for a Good Blog by Merlin Mann
Hat tip to Patrick Rhone for this.
I've wrote in the past about the blogging platform Medium and how I have issue with such a high volume of people writing under one roof and how the lack of
Here's what I wrote at the start of last year:
Access to the network is easy but I can't help but wonder if in the future they'll get it wrong and piss off a good chunk of their user base. I'd rather not take that chance.
Well Medium did get it wrong. The ad model isn't working for them. That and fifty of their staff have been dropped. What looks like a cost-cutting exercise is what they're calling a change in their business model. What that business model will be is unclear at the moment.
One option Medium has is to charge users for the privilege of using Medium. If Medium wanted to charge me to use Medium then I would be all for it. I love products that look for money up front before you can use their product. How else are they going to survive as a business?
I like the idea behind Medium but the recent change in their business model (or even lack of one) has me wondering how long they'll be around for. Not a nice thought, especially when it concerns a platform that many use to publish their thoughts and ideas. I'd rather not see it go under, but it needs to start adapting and fast.
Medium still isn't for me though. I'm happy to blog away from my own little corner of the Internet.
The makers of Telegram have launched a blogging platform called Telegram.
Yes, it could be used by nefarious internet trolls, but I would like to think that it will be used in a more positive way.
Thanks for the lunch and afternoon in London Patrick!
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