There are a number of themes running through the books that I have so far completed in 2020, and those I have queued up: creativity, the pursuit of happiness, and that those completed have been more like workbooks, books to keep coming back to, take from and implement.
Still, in the previous post Seth writes: “It’s foolish to wait until you’ve made something that’s perfect, because you never will.”
Just keep going, keep plugging away, keep getting better. A good rule to live by.
Two consecutive posts from Seth Godin got me thinking.
Firstly, Painting fakes and singing covers talks about how bands spend most of their time essentially “playing covers of their own work” or how artists paint fakes of their style until, occasionally, “a daring new work of art” appears.
The “secrets are lies…” quote is from The Circle by Dave Eggers and I’ve used it before.
One thing I’ve been considering is to show all of “Yesterday” if there are no posts yet Today and removing the quick link in the footer. Still, what happens if there was nothing yesterday? I doesn’t feel right iterating until I get to a day with posts.
With all the changes I’ve made with regards to enabling the daily feed to be read in order I keep thinking about the Today page itself, more specifically what happens when there are no posts.
Well, that didn’t take long: quandary resolved. I’ve pulled the trigger and pre-ordered the S20 Ultra.
I’m in a real “first world problem” style quandary. I’m really intrigued and impressed by the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra – the new mammoth phone with a mammoth screen and an equally mammoth camera array.
Despite nothing really changing Spark (my mail app of choice) decided it would take umbrage with the mail for yesterday’s posts and not show it correctly in dark mode. Compare it with the one from the day before:
The daily email sign-up is now live on the /Subscribe page and seems to work okay in my (admittedly limited) testing.
Adding and removing your address is fine and the welcome mails go out correctly while redirecting you to a separate welcome page. Removing your address provides a prompt rather than redirecting to a separate page.
I couldn’t sleep last night and spent about half an hour planning an email subscription system for the blog daily feed. I drew a quick diagram and a list to include:
I was listening to an interview on the radio with Mat Osman from the band Suede and he was asked what song he was most proud of. His answer? The Wild Ones – not just because it was well known but because it means something to so many people, they have memories connected to it.
I love being able to do everything on the phone, including editing the theme. I use the app I<code> – Go as it provides a decently featured IDE and FTP client all in one.
Phil commented on “Rejoining Facebook” that “things like this aren’t always all-or-nothing.”
I need to “find the right blend, establish the correct balance” that allows me to write however circumstances deem appropriate: phone or paper. It’s not one or the other, it’s not all-or-nothing.
I had one ear bud in while doing the dishes, only half listening to the “Your Discover Weekly” playlist on Spotify, when the below track came on and I just stopped, stood transfixed, my full attention utterly devoted:
There’s something I’ve noticed over the past couple of weeks, something that I need to work out.
When writing on paper, rather than on the screen, the act is separated from posting so makes me think deeper about things as there is less distraction. It makes me feel like I should be writing something meaningful every time I pick up the pen.
I’m really liking how the daily feed is working and looking, I can see why Dave Winer suggests that people read his blog in a particular way even if it’s not traditionally “bloggy”.
Aha! The mystery is solved.
As I say in the episode I recorded it a day early as I was off to Comic-Con on the Sunday when I would have normally done the cast. I obviously just forgot to do the post.
On the subject of feeds, I have removed the Blubrry PowerPress plugin so the site will no longer advertise a feed for the old microcast.
I’m not ruling out using audio again in the future but I think it will be a lot more ad hoc and nothing episodic that requires a separate focus.