Scripting.com: I know what a blog is.
“When you click the Publish button you should feel butterflies, at least sometimes, because there’s no one to pass the buck to. If someone else wrote the headline, or did a copy edit, or even reviewed what you wrote and critiqued it before it went out, it’s still writing, but it is not a blog.”
Even after all this time, butterflies still arrive. I still feel like I’m in rehearsal for the blogger I will someday become. A lifetime of practice. Tenure, popularity, profit … all these are but ephemeral rewards. Publishing is the thing. Publishing that which we value. It’s like the creative urge - it simply must be done as breathing must be done.
I suppose my blogging time can be summarized as, “What did you learn today?” The day I say ‘nothing’, is the day I stop.
To be more precise, learning and sharing the learning.
My skills as a rhetorician are failing me on this fine Friday. Note, however, my difficulties are … unedited. [HAH.]
The Register: Yet another WordPress vuln: Image furtler plugin lets BADNESS in.
TimThumb again. Folks don’t always list it on their theme descriptions - dig around in your code to find if it exists. I banished it from all my WP installs - and, BTW, it is included in some other CMS themes as well.
Medium: I Know Times Are Changing.
Anil, in his element, talking of Prince.
Poynter: ‘Almost half’ of the NYT’s blogs will close or merge.
“Some blogs are quite popular, but others ‘“got very, very little traffic, and they required an enormous amount of resources, because a blog is an animal that is always famished.’” Information point, fellow bloggerati.
The Pastry Box Project: Let’s Talk About Comments.
Neuromarketing: It’s Time to Forget the Fold.
In my opinion, small mobile screens have encouraged scrolling for value.
Vox Product Blog: Editorially Joins Vox Media.
“Bloggers expect less abstraction between what they create and what gets published. Bloggers use the medium to start and engage in conversations. Bloggers build communities. Bloggers keep their eye on the traffic dashboard. Bloggers have painstakingly grown an audience from nothing by personally distributing their own work in the same way they discover the work of others: through search and social platforms. We built our platform, Chorus, from this perspective.”
SERoundtable: CNBC Highlights 17 Year Old Web Site Devastated By Google’s Panda 4.0 Update.
We need to rout around Google indexing.
TNW: Technorati Quietly Killed its Blog Index in May.
End of an era. Klout should start counting down the days. Take note, all ye who overvalue ‘blog rankings’ services.
Naked Cap: Google Algorithm Change Whacks Naked Capitalism.
Another Huguenot. Welcome to the club.
junkculture: Artists Explore the Abandoned Railways of Mexico in a Homemade ‘Spacecraft’.
“Between 2010 and 2012, Mexican artists and brothers Ivan Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene set out to explore the abandoned passenger railways of Mexico and Ecuador in a retro-futiristic silver vehicle converted for rail travel called the SEFT-1.” [Ed. note: their misspellings.] Read on, read on.
Contently: New Report Reveals Just How Drastically Brand Engagement is Plummeting on Facebook.
Hitching your wagon to any service, whether Google, Facebook or other(s), seems the height of unwisdom these days.
SERoundtable: Google Working On Updated Algorithm That Hurt MetaFilter.
Dazed: Top fashion bloggers now earn six-figure salaries.
“Popular bloggers can demand $50,000 for an appearance at a high-profile brand event like a store opening. One top blogger charged $5,000 for posting a single Instagram photo of the brand’s product.” Good grief - I picked the wrong niche.
Eye update [ongoing PVD].
Flashing increasing, floaters increasing. I keep checking my eyesight with this handy chart [bless you folks]. If I notice any untoward visual elements, I’ll call the doc again.
I think the biggest bummer about this is the headaches. Noone really tells you about the grittiness of the eye, and the resultant headaches of … what I best-guess is … extra strain trying to encourage sharp sight.
So, the prognosis is … progressing, but not through yet.
In the meantime, I’m re-reading Joseph Campbell’s “The Hero with a Thousand Faces” in classic book (paper) form, and finding my initial reading was done way, way too quickly. I can spend an entire day on a page … or almost.
Aeon: If everyone’s an idiot, guess who’s a jerk?
“I submit that the unifying core, the essence of jerkitude in the moral sense, is this: the jerk culpably fails to appreciate the perspectives of others around him, treating them as tools to be manipulated or idiots to be dealt with rather than as moral and epistemic peers.”
Important note. Posting frequency slowdown. Otherwise known as saving my eyeballs.
Well, I’ve had some severe vision problems over the past few days. So I went to the eye doc as an emergency visit today, and apparently I’m early into a posterior vitreous detachment in my right eye. Sucks. In the meantime, I need to save my vision (too much movement makes it worse) for my primary concern - paying work. I gotta stick to my eight hours (plus breaks). So the blog here will have to take a back seat for a while. I’ll try to keep a post or two per day, but the usual firehose of links will have to wait until this damned thing lets go (hopefully without complications, it’s apparently doing a dandy job trying to yank off my retina). Shouldn’t be more than a week or three. Gives me time to sketch out and strategize my new design for this site.
Interestingly, I found out that your age is your risk of PVD; 54 means I have a roughly 54% chance of PVD. With the added complication of nearsightedness (longer eyeball, more risk), and the fact I’ve had some impacts to that eye in the past (spring-loaded toy spacecraft, someone’s heel, a guy’s fist [he got hellacious payback, don’t worry], etc.). My right eye’s been through the wringer, but it’s never let me down.
Anyway, I will return to normal frequency as soon as I can.
Don’t forget about me.
PS … my eyes are still so dilated, I’m afraid I’ll get shot for being a zombie.
WaPo: Heritage Foundation starts online site to cover news it says is unreported or under-reported.
“It’s not enough to be a newsmaker these days, as the conservative Heritage Foundation surely has been with its vigorous opposition to federal budget deficits, Obamacare, immigrant ‘amnesty’ and same-sex marriage. Nowadays, you have to cover the news, too. Or so says the Heritage Foundation, which on Tuesday will start doing just that. Call it think-tank journalism …”
kottke: Kickstarter Boost.
“Direct pledges to those projects from kottke.org readers ranged from just over $400 to almost $12,000 with an average of about $4,600. kottke.org also participates in Amazon’s Associates program and over the past 12 months, kottke.org readers have collectively spent an average of $23,000 per month at Amazon.” Interesting.
Later: Oof. Maybe the wrong timing.
Medium: Update on Medium’s Paid Collection Experiments.
“We picked editors we trusted, and we found, for the most part, they respected the site and reliably delivered high quality writing. We also learned (surprise) that high quality posts do not automatically garner attention and audience commensurate with the effort of producing them. As a result, our payment model failed to support some really terrific contributors.” Two Medium posts in a row is purely coincidence, I assure you.
Medium: Introducing image grids.
Smart. Their popularity cuts Exposure.co off at the knees. And here I’d bought a year’s use.
The Register: Flaws open gates to WordPress en-masse SEO beat-down.
“The flaws allowed hackers to launch privilege escalation and cross site scripting attacks against vulnerable sites running old versions below 2.1.6. The plugin has been downloaded nearly 19 million times.” Another week, another WP plugin security issue.
inessential: One Year After the RSS Apocalypse.
Using NewsBlur, rather than a local app, I’m actually able to scan more feeds faster than before. So RSS ain’t dead … and losing Google Reader was a pretty good thing for my linkblogging. IMHO.
PankajMore: Static site generators focus on the wrong thing.
“Jekyll does not scale well. It takes minutes to compile in case you have lots of posts.” After a brief contemplation of moving to an SSG, I have to agree strongly with the above statement. When you’ve got tens of thousands of posts, this is not a minor point. When the author says ‘lots of posts’, he is likely referencing hundreds. I wouldn’t start using a blog environment that couldn’t scale to thousands, if not tens of thousands. If you start, you’re likely to keep going. Witness how I got plugged into The Matrix, after all (wink). I’ve had to recast my archives at least five times now, and each time it gets more onerous.