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; […]

“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 it Georgie Luhur Cooke in “My Blogging Values“ I really like […]

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: It was originally at a different domain, and has evolved over the last 14 years. I probably have a fair share of somewhat trashy […]

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: The thread runs for several tweets, and it includes wonderful resources such as […]

Blogging is the antidote to social media woes

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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