Advice for my early blogger self – be consistent, and be persistent

If I could go back to early 2004, and give myself advice as I started exploring this "blog" thing, I'd probably recommend the following: Write good quality posts over meaningless clickbait more often than not;Be consistent, and be persistent - it takes a lot of work to build an audience, but it's worth it;Embrace social…

“Create the kind of communities and ideas you want people to talk about”

I've had an idea in my task list for a week or so now, and I just haven't made the time to write about it, at least not as I originally intended when I read the post that inspired it. Jamie Rubin wrote his post titled "A Vision for Blogging in 2019" a few weeks…

“I will keep blogging … for as long as I love and enjoy it”

I'm watching Georgie Luhur Cooke's talk at DDD Sydney titled "Your blog ≠ everyone else’s blog", and this quote stood out for me: I will keep blogging not for as long as someone reads it, but for as long as I love and enjoy itGeorgie Luhur Cooke in "My Blogging Values" I really like the…

Twitter threads make no sense to me

Twitter threads make no sense to me. I also find then to be pretty frustrating. I've read some really interesting, and engaging Twitter threads (you probably have too). Every time I read one, I ask myself two questions: Why is this person going out of their way to share this story/their thoughts on a format…

My blog is 14 years old, today, and it’s a big day for blogging

Today is a Big DayTM For Blogging, but probably only for me. Today is this blog's 14th birthday! On 6 December 2004, I wrote my first post on this WordPress blog: https://pauljacobson.me/2004/12/06/in-the-beginning/ Where this chapter all began ... It was originally at a different domain, and has evolved over the last 14 years. I probably…

Tweeting to preserve history

I suppose Twitter still has its good use cases. Tweeting to preserve history isn't one of them. I came across this fascinating Twitter thread by Marina Amaral about the Sami people, who've been living in what's now Finland for thousands of years: https://twitter.com/marinamaral2/status/1005904882140925953 The thread runs for several tweets, and it includes wonderful resources such…

Blogging is the antidote to social media woes

Read The way out by Manton Reece
There have been many articles written in the last month about the role of social networks. Some even reach the obvious conclusion: that the top social networks are too big. This interview on Slate was fairly representative, covering monopolies and centralized power. But these articles always stop sh...
I like this approach, it's what I've been doing for a little while now: If you are frustrated with the state of social networks, I recommend blogging more. I love seeing new blogs and photo blogs just as we’re having a serious debate in the mainstream about social networks. The way out isn’t easy, but…

Should Tumblr be the next Twitter? I hope not.

I can't help but think that Jeremy Gordon's call for people to return to Tumblr after abandoning Twitter misses the point a bit. But on Tumblr, people could go on for at long as they needed to, a valuable tool for posters who could actually justify it. (And I use the past tense here in…
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