”Micro.blog is now available to anyone. There’s a limit of 100 new sign-ups each day, so that we can better respond to feedback as the community grows.”
Patrick Rhone linked to a piece by Sarah K Peck on “silence, stillness and community” and I was so taken with it that I started to digest more of her blog.
I have had the JetPack stats module enabled on the site since it was first introduced, not necessarily to monitor traffic coming to the blog but more to check on people leaving.
I listened to the first episode of the Broken Record podcast in which Malcolm Gladwell and Rick Rubin discuss “Walk on Water” – Eminem’s new single.
It’s a great listen and wish it was longer but it got me thinking.
Today I’ve reached 200 consecutive days of posting.
Some days have seen a lot while others might have had something very brief but I’m not forcing myself to adhere to any rules.
I sometimes forget what this is all about.
The site title and many posts would ostensibly indicate that this was a blog about social media. Indeed that’s exactly what it was for a number of years.
I’m not entirely sure why but I completely separated the newer blog content from the archive to even the search level.
If searching when on a newer page you only get results since the post-archive date. Search from within the archive, however, and you’ll get results from anywhere.
My phone is really my PC – that’s Primary Computer – and, as I’ve written numerous times, that’s where I do just about everything including 99.9% of my blogging, image manipulations and even coding.
“I wish blogs could have the concept of required reading for the people who read the site.”
He uses it in the context of something external which he feels everyone should be aware of but, I feel, it could be anything.
Manuel wrote a post outlining why he’s failed at blogging in the past (his words) and it really resonates.
A big part of it is the pressure he has put himself under including the desire to write in a more journalistic style, as I previously mentioned, and there is always the issue of just trying to be perfect.
This is my 1000th post here at Social Thoughts. Normally, that would be a milestone worth celebrating but the way I’ve reached it really illustrates just how much blogging has changed for me.
Manuel Rieß (anglicised as Riess) started a new blog.
What’s so great about that you might think. Well, it wasn’t just that he started one but what he started it with.
Chris Lovie-Tyler makes an interesting observation:
“When I first started blogging, it felt like the expectation was that blog posts should be about 500 words”
I went back through some posts and found when he started. He’s right.
As I mentioned, I have been reconsidering the way comments work on the blog.
I disabled them some time ago, fed up with the overhead of moderation, then outsourced replies to Medium for a while followed by webmentions and micro.blog.
Colin Devroe wrote a thorough and thought-provoking response to my most recent musings on replies and comments. I would urge you to check it out.
He makes some very interesting and compelling points while outlining his particular answer to the question about comments.
John shared a post by Doc Searls from back in February that I had missed – Doc blogs in a couple of different places and this was one I didn’t have in my feed reader.
Blogging is a particularly singular and personal act despite your posts being publicly available – the unedited voice of a person and all that.
Reading and commenting on blog posts, however, is an inherently social act carried out on a range of scales. Unfortunately, over the years, we have slipped towards the lower end of that range.
I was thinking more about subscription apps, usage and how I spend most of my creative time on my phone.
I was mostly forcing myself to use Ulysses on the MacBook as I hadn’t yet done so post subscription – almost to justify the monthly expense as much as get the benefit from the cross-platform installation.
In a kind of “end of chapter 1” post over at AltPlatform, Richard McManus has been able to articulate something that I’ve been going in circles around but never quite settling on.