I can't remember the last time I bought individual learning material that wasn't a book. I'd be tempted to the Learn Ulysses course from The Sweet Setup though.
Last week I linked to Manton Reece’s dedication to staying the course for Micro.blog and the potential of blog-focused technologies when it comes to going up against the likes of Facebook.
There’s simply too many places to publish to these days and unless you have it automated or other people doing it for you (chance would be a fine thing), it can become overwhelming trying to post everywhere.
Here’s a few places where I don’t publish and why.
I’ve have a chequered past with LinkedIn in much the same way as I have had with Twitter. It’s one of those things that is necessary to have but not always an enjoyable experience.
LinkedIn is a social network for the work-place but in truth it’s more akin to a hunting ground for recruitment agencies keen to place anyone they deem to be suitable for one of their roles. Okay, that might be slightly biased by my experience of LinkedIn but it’s the experience that I have had and I’m sure many others have to.
I’m sure it’s a great place for building your career’s network but I’ve yet to see the value in LinkedIn as instead of an introduction in person, through a phone call or even by email.
Anyway, the reason that I don’t post to LinkedIn or promote my content there is because I don’t have the time to read what other people are posting there. So if I don’t have the time to read what others are posting then why would others read what I am posting?
My usual routine with LinkedIn is that I log in, check my messages, check the notifications and then log back out again. I don’t read my timeline, look for others to connect with or anything else that LinkedIn has to offer.
It’s just not the place where I want to publish to. I could but I’m of the opinion that there’s many more people who use LinkedIn in the same way as I do and therefore it’s not the ideal place to share content.
This one’s easy. I don’t have a Google account.
There’s another reason though. I can’t remember the last time that I clicked a link that took me to a Google+ account or post. In fact I couldn’t even tell you what Google+ looks like as an interface. Is it even still a Google product?
When a social network like this doesn’t even trigger a visual representation of what it looks like then it’s clear that it’s no longer worth publishing to.
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I had a Facebook account for a few months there. Shocking I know. Mr “I don’t have a Facebook account” finally succumbed. Well, for a few months anyway.
I used it so that Ethan could get news and updates from his club’s junior section through their Facebook group. Now though my account has been de-activated and Ethan has his own account and manages this for himself while adhering to a few house rules on using Facebook.
The reason that I don’t share on Facebook is that I see Facebook as a time sink that I don’t want to cater to. Yes I’ve had an for few months but it came with a few restrictions. I didn’t hand over my phone number, I used a different email address for it and I didn’t install it on my phone, I put it on an iPad where it doesn’t ask for your phone number.
Once the usual email address and phone number goes in then the floodgates open. Notifications for friend suggestions, friend requests and who knows what else. I can do without that kind of hassle.
I’ve added Medium to the list of places that I don’t share content to as it has become something similar to Facebook. While Facebook is the place for sharing updates with family and friends, Medium has become the place to share your writing.
I’ve toyed with publishing content to Medium a few times, but while I have my own web site that I write for, I don’t see the point in having a separate channel on another network for something that I already do on my own.
What it boils down to though for me is time and energy. Where can I share content without spending too much time and energy sharing that content?
I share my thoughts and other junk here on the blog because I can control it and I also own the domain.
It’s also easy to manage the performance of what I post. I use Gauges to track traffic to the blog and it gives two metrics that are all I need. Page views and visitors.
Micro.blog and Twitter are two other places where I like to share content as it’s easy to share the content to them and I can automate the posting between the two.
It seems that a lot of the things I'm reading online point towards long-form blogging again.
Gregory Brown sums up the change nicely in way I didn't think of.
Instead, I thought about how it might be nice to have a couple hundred blog posts rather than thousands of tweets. How it might be nice to build a few dozen deep relationships with people who read my stuff here, rather than hundreds of shallow relationships in 140 character bursts.
— Bye Twitter, Hello Blogging! by Gregory Brown
Deep relationships through blogging. I've already met a number of great people through my blog. It's about time I started writing here again to keep those ties going.
... gets a new curator in the form of volunteer Shawn Mihalik.
Lately I've been thinking a lot about marketing.
While making my afternoon coffee I was running some editing changes through my head on a post I'm writing. And then it struck me.
If you're not writing, you're not marketing.
I've struggled with marketing my freelancing business in the past, but I certainly could start making a step in the right direction by writing more for my freelancing business.
For over a year now I've been writing my morning pages by hand. At first the exercise was all about moving away from the growing stack of digital tools I was using. It was becoming tedious continually sitting at a screen so I started handwriting my morning pages.
The exercise itself forced me to slow down a bit more and practice my handwriting. It's been going well and I've got a stack of full notebooks to show for it.
I use a Hobonichi Techo planner for logging a few things through the day and scheduling important meetings and work. It means I'm writing a lot more than I did in the past, and the time I'm spending on writing is growing. If I had no client work on then it wouldn't be a problem, but I'm doing client work most days.
Whether my morning pages are handwritten or typed, I'm know that I'm still getting the value out of my morning pages, but the time taken to type my morning pages is much shorter than handwriting them. To that end I'm typing my morning pages again on 750words.com.
I started this morning with a weekly review and will be using it just like I did with my handwritten morning pages, focusing on a particular topic for each day and just writing.
I love using pen and paper where I can. It's portable and flexible. There comes a point though when the digital alternative has clearer benefits and it's definitely the case here.
Leo Babauta at Zen Habits has the lowdown on how to write every day. And it all starts with a reason.
Most important: Have a great reason. The rest of this doesn’t matter if you skip this step. Answer this question: Why do you want to write every day? If it’s because it sounds fun, sounds cool, sounds nice … you’ll abandon it when you face discomfort. If you want to do it to help someone else, to make the world a better place, to lift someone’s spirits, to reduce your pain, to find a way to express your deeper self … then you can call on this deeper reason when things get difficult.
— How to Write Every Day by Zen Habits