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’ve been listening to a podcast conversation between James Shelley and Patrick Rhone in which they discuss Patrick’s decision to go ”nonline” – defined as:
”No longer found on, made available to, or primarily accessed or contacted through the Internet.”
So, I received an email inviting me to join the Medium Partner Program and get paid for what I publish. It’s because I was there at the beginning in 2012 but the email also says: “and you’re still writing today…”
The Soulmen announced yesterday that they were switching to a subscription only model for one of my favourite apps: Ulysses.
From what I’ve seen the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive.
Subscriptions are de rigueur for services but I have been largely dubious about them for software.
Having read a number of posts recently about people’s experiences rediscovering blogging, and others questioning whether blogging was still a valid exercise in 2017, I thought it would be a good idea to re-examine why I do this.
Personal blogs in particular are a journey, an ongoing story, where the examination of process is just as valid as any other type of content.
I have written before about having small ideas rather than big ones – unable to take them beyond a certain point – but it goes deeper than just being impatient to get my thoughts out.
Dave Winer’s post “I want my old blog back” throws up some interesting questions.
He discusses how his blog used to look before succumbing to the lure of Twitter which became the de facto home of short status-like posts for many of us.
Stop trying to be profound.
Not everything has to be a great pronouncement.
We can be guilty of trying too hard, I know I can, constantly trying to make a big impression when being honest and natural can make the biggest impression of all.
Stories are told and then they are done. Some are longer, some are shorter but they are all stories: self contained, self sufficient. Complete.
I like that idea.
It’s ironic as I often feel that my thoughts are left unfinished, that they have an unsatisfactory conclusion but, in their own way, this is how those stories were supposed to be told at that time – that was all there was.
Blogging now takes multiple forms but recently feels like it has been co-opted by journalists, despite being subject to editorial constraints, and businesses for “content marketing” – such a horrible term!
I was inspired after being pointed Mike Caulfield’s speech “The Garden and the Stream” and his subsequent work on Wikity and wondered about some kind of self contained wiki-esque setup alongside the blog for research purposes.
If there’s one thing that backing the Micro.blog Kickstarter has taught me it’s that blogging is really holding its own.
The enthusiasm for self-hosted, independent blogging (beyond microblogging) is amazing and the range of available platforms, from CMS style set-ups to static site generators all of which I was unaware, is diverse.
I used to be an early adopter, I was among the first to put my name down for anything.
I joined Twitter early before hardly anyone even knew what it was, or what it could be. I signed up for every clone that came after and virtually every other service that appeared.
Over time I forget a lot of what I’ve already written. Although each post will be tempered and coloured by new experiences I don’t like to repeat myself without adding extra value or insight.
Way back in 2008 Dave Winer wrote “Microblogging should be decentralized” arguing that reliance on a single, for profit platform such as Twitter was a bad idea.
Admittedly, this was against the backdrop of the fail whale but the idea of a federated service seemed sound – the catch would be that Twitter would have to enable it and build the required tools (or allow developers to build them and we all know how that went!)
Although I have resolved to read more on philosophy this year, which is prompting some posts in examination, I deliberately never pledged to any specific writing goals for 2017.
There are tags and publications on Medium – such as “100 Naked Words” and the “52 Week Writing Challenge” – encouraging people to publish more regularly but I didn’t want to commit to anything like this after Write365.
What is missing? … The work is quite feasible, and is the only thing in our power. … Let go of the past. We must only begin. – Epictetus (taken from The Daily Stoic)
I’m not really one for New Year’s resolutions; if you’re going to do something why wait until 1st January and add the stigma associated with possible failure.
This year, however, I decided that I would read more, especially philosophy which is a long standing but under explored interest.
The words “the unedited voice of a person” as mentioned in the last post always referred to being free from external influence and change, or be “not edited by someone else.”