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?
Global Investigative Journalism Network: Secrets of the Wayback Machine.
It’s been so handy as I parse my new mobile design for this blog. Seeing what I’ve done in the past. Anarchic, lazy, meticulous, more.
Developer Drive: Introducing Page Parts for WordPress.
Of interest. Sort of like “Pages” in EE, but sounds more flexible.
Muut Blog: Switching from Disqus to Muut.
Ah, Disqus has some competition.
The Fully Intended: Therapeutic people.
Mollie shares a bit of happiness.
Morning meeting. Most links after 12 noon MST.
Nieman Journalism Lab: Atavist revamps its publishing software to push design and readability to the
Still knocking around. They were Medium before Medium was an itch. They had some great ideas, just never got them to fruition fast enough. I suppose Medium’s move to attract publications triggered this. More about their changes.
Responsive dm!, first try.
Given Google’s mobile-friendly ultimatum, I figure it’s time to force myself to redesign the blog. You folks who were willing to test/comment/peek, I have a first round of a new home page designed. Email me privately - you know my addy. Thanks.
Butterick’s Practical Typography.: The billionaire’s typewriter.
“... how does Medium improve the Internet? I haven’t seen a single story on Medium that couldn’t exist equally well elsewhere. Nor evidence that Medium’s editing and publishing tools are a manifest improvement over what you can do with other tools.” Very well put. Merci, Ray L.Later: Speaking of Medium et al, Dave’s opened up his MyWord Editor.
“Help us put names on the maps of Pluto and Charon!” Choose early weblog names for features. I mean, why not?
The Week: Why South by Southwest is a huge, exploitative scam.
A reminder from the proprietor ...
As the weather warms up, the frequency of my weekend postings drops to zero. It won’t happen yet, but you are already noticing a significant decrement. Simply letting new readers know this is ‘normal.’ NM homes require a great deal of maintenance and yard work.
Surprises right and left this morning.
Links when I can.
A surprise rush to make a press deadline this morning.
Links when I have a free moment.
Six Revisions redesigns.
Hey, fellow old-school bloggers ... back to the future. I mean, really.
Vox: A new study concludes there are too many scientific studies.
Use RSS? Subcategorize. Tag. Then everyone could keep up via RSS aggregators. I suppose paywalls make this impossible; another reason to disdain multiple walled gardens.
EOSHD: Top Gear inquiry begins.
Not saying I agree, but I have run up against the situation where what one says is interpreted into text that has none of the context or nuance to understand the statement. As I’ve complained before, playing Devil’s advocate is most likely to get you socially abused. It’s a good argument for being generic ... and an argument I’ll ignore.
Curated: Grow your audience by collecting and sharing engaging content.
Be me for $25/month (500 subscribers), with auto-sponsorship opportunities. But you’d better be monetizing. Looks a whole hell of a lot nicer than Paper.li.
SER: WordPress Automatically Updates Millions Of Yoast SEO Plugins After Vulnerability.
WP’s plugins and themes are rat’s nests of vulnerabilities. I see this as a positive step; if only they find a way to do this for more add-ons.
Medium: Custom domains for publications.
“Today, we’re happy to announce that we are taking the first steps towards making this a reality with the limited beta launch of custom domains.” Is it really something new, or just becoming Squarespace with a single template? Just asking. [Don’t get me wrong, I like Medium. I just haven’t used it yet. Their new short-form doesn’t seem to have attracted link-and commenters like myself.]
Best laid plans.
FishbowlNY: Branded Content Studio’s Study Reveals Branded Content is Fantastic.
Fantastic for advertisers and the Times, certainly. For the readers? Are you getting facts, or hyperbole?