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…”

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Status

Sonant Thoughts – Episode 27: Filler Or Process


When is writing about writing a cop out, just filler content, or when is it part of the process itself? Should we always be seeking to impart a message?

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.

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Sonant Thoughts – Episode 27: Filler Or Process

A story is only as long as its telling.

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.

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A story is only as long as its telling.

Blogs are thrivingComments

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.

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Blogs are thriving

Pioneer spiritComments

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.

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Pioneer spirit

Is federated microblogging about to become a reality?

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!)

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Is federated microblogging about to become a reality?

Obsession and accidental writing goals

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.

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Obsession and accidental writing goals