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06/04/2021

2021/04/06#p1
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The mark of a good break is that it feels longer than its actual duration. It feels longer than four days since I was last sat here at my desk — I'll take that as a win.

Doug Belshaw writes at Open Thinkering: "it’s no wonder the quantity of my outputs have diminished in proportion to the variety of my inputs during a global pandemic." I remarked recently that it's crazy to think how small our worlds became during lockdown, how little we were able to do and experience. Constraints can provide focus and be good for creativity but taken to excess are damaging. Being able to widen my horizons (literally) this past week has been glorious. Getting out and seeing different places, having more varied experiences, is no doubt behind the Easter break seeming longer than it actually was.

Time is measured in memories.

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2021/04/06#p2
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I thought that line, time is measured in memories, had to be from someone or somewhere but a search didn't appear to agree. I found a couple of things about life being measured in memories but not time.

I did, however, stumble across this wonderful poem by Helen Steiner Rice:

Time is not measured by the years that you live But by the deeds that you do and the joy that you give — And each day as it comes brings a chance to each one To love to the fullest, leaving nothing undone That would brighten the life or lighten the load Of some weary traveler lost on Life's Road — So what does it matter how long we may live If as long as we live we unselfishly give.

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2021/04/06#p3
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Ann Althouse has closed comments on her blog due to trolls, abuse and thread hijacking. It's a shame when someone has to do this but if the burden of moderation becomes greater than the comment value is there any point continuing?

If any justification was needed beyond that she supplies it:

"I have liked being a place, but I am also a human being. Read this thread. Do you see love? I have loved blogging, and I need to love what I am doing or it makes no sense for me to spend my time this way. Everything that detracts from MY loving it is a negative that I want to eliminate. What is it to me that YOU love it if what you love is access to a space where you do things alongside me, taking advantage of me, but not increasing MY enjoyment of the place?"

How can you argue with such a sentiment?

Bloggers blog because they love it, anything else is a bonus.

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khurtwilliams says:Reply to khurtwilliams

@colinwalker ☹️

hjertnes says:Reply to hjertnes

@colinwalker I’ve always felt that comments doesn’t belong on a blog but rather on here or mastodon or Twitter

Colin Walker replied:

It depends on whether they are comments about the blog post or in reply to it.

There was a period where I couldn't be bothered with moderating spam so closed comments on WordPress and had "the conversation" happening at Medium - back when I was cross-posting. I realised that wasn't really what I wanted so re-enabled comments directly on the blog. Now, most of my comments come from micro.blog but thanks to webmentions that's not a distinction we need to make.

While a blogger can't own or control the conversation about a post I definitely think that actual replies should be displayed in context (either by direct comments or webmentions) or what's the point?

hjertnes says:Reply to hjertnes

@colinwalker I get your perspective on this. I just don’t want that stuff on my blog 😅

Colin Walker replied:

Fairy nuff!

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2021/04/06#p4
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I think I've just fixed a timezone bug with my RSS feed generation. Since moving to British Summer Time I noticed a weird issue with posts appearing on micro.blog: the first post of the day would be fine but once the feed was rebuilt after subsequent posts the first was being 'moved' to an hour later. It was strangely only affecting the first post of the day.

I've changed date/time formatting and am now basing everything in the feed on GMT/UTC — using gmdate() instead of just date() — and everything looks to be working again.

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collin says:Reply to collin

@colinwalker You wrote your own blog engine? I've been thinking of doing the same. Any tips? Other than "don't write your own blog engine" haha.

Colin Walker replied:

Haha! There is always that 😅 But seriously, start simple and persevere, a bit at a time. I was lucky that I had something to build on — a custom layer I'd built on top of of WordPress, so it was a case of reinventing what I already had but for outside of that environment. It was more trial and error than anything.

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