Blot: Blogging platform that uses Dropbox.
priceonomics: The Obsessive Curator of the Internet, Jason Hirschhorn.
“Competition in the curation/aggregation space is fierce.” Hmmph. That’s for sure. I’m up against limited-in-aggregration-depth robots now. “Eight years.” Been around almost twice as long as the subject of the article.
The Atlantic: The Trouble With Unpublishing the News.
This article reminds me of two things that are circling around my cranium, especially since running across ‘pro blog’ sites recommending bloggers rewrite their archives:
First. I think one of the most important projects anyone could set up, would be a website archive-watch; one that checks for changes in published articles after the publish date. You can’t ‘vanish’ an article in a printed publication, but you *can* on a newspaper’s website. Having a system that continuously monitors canary-in-a-coalmine articles for alterations could be useful.
Second. Others in the past declared weblogs are *not* journalism. Yet we regularly see bloggers who cover journalist beats seeking protection of ‘amateur weblogging’ one second, only in the next second declaring themselves deserving of ‘journalist’ protections. A physicist (for example) who weblogs can’t duck the fact s/he’s a physicist. Their pronouncements get held to a professional standard. Should journalists be able to duck responsibility and cry “weblogger!”? We readers merely ask for some consistent integrity.
99U: Why It’s Selfish to Avoid Giving Negative Feedback.
“Explaining to someone the modifiable, external factors that contributed to their poor performance (“this article fell short because it wasn’t based on enough research insights”) is more likely to result in them reacting in a constructive way to the criticism, as if their priorities are more about learning than showing how good they are.”
EFF Busts Podcasting Patent, Invalidating Key Claims at Patent Office.
“In petitions filed with Patent Office, EFF showed that Personal Audio did not invent anything new before it filed its patent application, and, in fact, other people were podcasting for years previously.”
Another EXTREMELY BUSY day.
Didn’t expect it to be so. But there it is. Links when I have a second. Sorry. This week has just turned out to be a raft of unpredictability.
BBC: Mother who killed son with salt for web attention jailed.
Gonna be a crazy day. Links when I can.
So many things going on, I tried to shave with my toothbrush.
Blogging outside one’s “common sense” zone; otherwise known as being a jerk.
I think this is a problem. Not just for the Babe, but for bloggers in general. How many bloggers out there are doing the same thing? They choose a niche, build a following, and then extend their blog posts farther out than their actual expertise can support.
I suspect, in short order, we’ll see some media takedowns of some niche blogger prominente.
Some will say that Babe has a right to express her opinion. What is the value of worthless opinion? Normal people self-censor in the wider world, in a world where they may get feedback from experts. A layman would have the wisdom not to open their cakehole about nuclear physics in the presence of a professor of physics; or at least express reasonable tentativeness in their opinions. Some conversation, rumination, is exclusively for the back fence; a limited audience. The internet is not, and has never been, a back fence.
We saw this effect in early blogs. Those who started stepping outside their circle of expertise. Many would usually swoop down and offer correction. Respect was displayed by newbies to seasoned users. The internet’s bigger now - folks who post online should realize how broad, how deep their audience is. Yet they don’t. Canny as a lead pipe. With no polarity on traffic stats, sensationalism remains seductive. Mouths run significantly ahead of brains.
What’s worse is, many of the tone-deaf amateurs find enthusiastic willing-to-misplace-common-sense audiences. Why does it always seem that the farthest-out bampots have the strongest magnetic fields? Speaking of attraction, how often is physical attraction a factor in the equation? Fulfilling the audience’s fantasies. Health blogs chug this technique right out of the internet’s blender, but other niches are just as guilty.
It still comes down to a little submit button on a blog interface. So easy to do. So simple. So ... local. So minor. I think pressing that button should trigger an explosive bang ... or simply a fullscreen animation of the post going out to the entire world. Sort of a reverse-animation of how Google Earth opens. I would hope we’d end up with significantly fewer ‘jerks’ on the ‘net.
It’s a teaching moment, IMHO. Yes, you can be popular for posting eyeball-gathering sensationalist crazy stuff. But should you? Blogging’s not a game. One should at least go through the motions of actually thinking about the consequences of any given post. Reflect on what professionals might read your post, and then spare a moment for the less-enlightened individual who might take you at face value.
[And yes, I’m blogging about blogging. The sin. See Ouroboros.]
Later, related: I am horrified to see various “blog niche” sites advocating rewriting blog posts in your archives. How terrible! How could one ever track one’s changes in opinion, taste, intelligence? Yet there it is. Those people you read today, who seem trendy, could be trendy only because they’ve rewritten their pasts to match their current trendiness. The snake eating itself [Ouroboros], indeed. I suppose I should have expected it, given the profit-motive driving some blog niches. Still ... it hurts. Literally makes me sick to my stomach. What you’re reading today is possibly a temporary truth. I can swear right now to you all that I’ve NEVER, EVER rewritten any of my archives or past postings.
Even later: Some of us who have weblogged for a long period, have been starting to make noises over the relative locked-in features of current weblog systems. Perhaps now is the time to propose something new. Imagine a blog entry interface, that had a live readout over on the side. It parses keywords in your ongoing writing, and when clicked, displays search results for the subject you’re writing on. Something akin to how iA Writer Pro is able to pull out verbs, nouns, etc. Live research — but also a live ‘warning.’ Might cut down brash, unreflective postings. Some might complain of a ‘chilling effect’; my answer to them is do a couple of online searches, and get real about signal-to-noise ratios.
terribleminds: I Gotcher Blog-Writin’ Advice Right Here.
“One of the most recent posts is a promise to post more posts, to blog more blogs, to blargh more blarghs, and that post was three years ago. Two rats chew on a third rat. The ground is salted and dead.” All the uses of the word “blog” made me grab an entire package of toilet paper, in case the blogs leaked out of my monitor.
Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York.
Old-style weblog alert. Content over design.
Alison Turner: Letting Go Of Things.
“Stuff is just stuff and it can be replaced.” I’m getting there.
Monday mornings. Links shortly.
You know the routine.
Posting frequency, a bit slower than normal.
It’s been a busy day. Meetings, dropoffs, ganged trips. Unexpected Good Friday closures, too. Links as I get to them.
IFTTT auto-tweet restored.
Interestingly, no impressions for the hand-built tweets. As in *none*. You all seem to prefer my source:title tweet format.
Buffer Blog: How to Use Medium - The Complete Guide for Marketers.
Kudos for at least mentioning the ‘ownership’ issue.
Electric Literature and Catapult.co Launch New Series of Writing Workshops and Classes.
“MFA grads are welcome; so are MBA-holders/chefs/road workers/violinists/underwater basket weavers. Whether you’re polishing up your third novel, preparing work for submissions to journals or graduate programs, or are simply interested in finessing your craft, you’re welcome to join us.” You need to be in NYC or environs, however.
Alison Turner: My Favorite Travel Apps.
Recommends from someone who travels a great deal and actually uses these.
Turned off my IFTTT tweet script for a while.
Mere retweets of titles seem to be ... more noise than signal. I’ll see if I can craft more meaningful tweets during the day, a subset of what I normally would auto-tweet.
Yale Journal of Law & Tech: The Virtues of Moderation.
A List Apart: Initiation to Code.
Synchronicity. I just mentioned the importance of mentoring yesterday. Speaking of which, I’d surely like to see an ALA Guild.
Shift - Guest, Thomas Vander Wal.
Forgot to point to Euan and Megan’s latest podcast. Particularly interesting to bloggers. Tags didn’t show up on blogs until long after my last redesign. At times, I’ve wanted them (clickable tags, but also hashtags for social benefits). Now that hashtags are on the wane from overuse, I doubt I’ll include tags in my next redesign.
I suppose my most controversial category (in my own mind) is scholarly. I wanted a broad term to pull in not just education, but also philosophy, authority, etc. - reducing a bunch of individual categories that would be required to cover the same space. Not everything is a good fit there, but it’s the best I can do for now.
And the travel category needs to be widened; I keep chucking international news bits in. For scholarly I can deal with a bit of ambiguity; for travel, I can’t. I imagine many people scratching their heads when they see that category on a post.
Then comes the question, do I just add an international category, and back-correct my posts ... or just start fresh from date of new category? I could simply make it travel/international. I rebel against two-word categories. Can’t help it. I want it fast, simple. I like to believe elegance is still rewarded.
The seemingly-vital trivialities of running a long-term weblog ...
AnumHussain: Start-to-Finish Guide - How To Launch & Grow A Blog.
As opposed to many other folks making these recommends, she prioritizes talking face-to-face. No gaming the system here, just commonsense. Glad this sailed into my aggregator. Bookmarked, to pass to clients who say “I want to start a blog ...” without any knowledge of what is necessary to make it successful. It’ll save me an hour and a half in meetings, easily.
CNN Money: Andrew Sullivan - Blogging nearly killed me.
“He described the grueling pace that he maintained along with a small editorial staff. ‘This is 40 posts a day - every 20 minutes, seven days a week,’ Sullivan said.” Try fifteen plus years, largely by your lonesome. As I’ve said before, if blogging is a chore, you might be in the wrong business.
What else need I say?