Tag Archive for ‘Blogging’

Signal v Noise Exits Medium ➝

David Heinemeier Hansson, writing on Signal v Noise:

Writing for us is not a business, in any direct sense of the word. We write because we have something to say, not to make money off page views, advertisements, or subscriptions. If some readers end up signing up for Basecamp, that’s great. But if they just like to read and not buy, that’s also great.

Beyond that, though, we’ve grown ever more aware of the problems with centralizing the internet. Traditional blogs might have swung out of favor, as we all discovered the benefits of social media and aggregating platforms, but we think they’re about to swing back in style, as we all discover the real costs and problems brought by such centralization.

I sure hope this is the case. Writing on the web has always been a passion of mine and although I partake in some aspects of the centralized web — like Twitter and Instagram — I sure would like to see thoughts and ideas shared through more distributed means, like weblogs.

Luckily, the barrier to entry has never been lower. You can buy WordPress-specific hosting from places like Bluehost for about $3 a month and a domain name for around $10-15 per year. There’s plenty of great, free themes available and you can start publishing in a matter of minutes.

And you can always start publishing on WordPress.com, where you can get support from Happiness Engineers like myself. We’ll help with just about any aspect of your site — from choosing the best theme to setting up widgets and using the editor. And if you eventually feel like moving to self-hosted would be a better fit, we can help you export your content and point you in the right direction to move it elsewhere.

(Via K.Q. Dreger.)

Mentions ➝

Brent Simmons, with a brilliant app idea:

Ten years ago or more we had several blog-specific search engines and services: Technorati, BlogBridge, and others.

One of the great things about these services was not just being able to search for something but being able to set up _persistent* searches: that is, you’d get a search as an RSS feed, and in your feed reader you’d get results from all over the place on the thing you’re searching for.

In the obvious and common cases, you’d set up searches for people linking to your blog, writing about the apps you work on, mentioning the place where you work, and mentioning you.

I’d like to see something like this for today, but where the scope is just the Apple/Mac/iOS community. It would crawl the obvious sites (such as Daring Fireball and Loop Insight) and it would crawl the many blogs and microblogs that make up the community.

I would absolutely love a service like this. I’d like to see it in the form of an iOS app, but that might not be the right fit — after all, it is designed to notifying you when websites mention your search term. Building it as a web service would be more than suitable, though, and it could offer integration with IFTTT or Zapier to give it more reach and allow users to bend the service to their will.

Support BirchTree ➝

My good friend Matt Bircher, on his newly launched Support BirchTree page:

If you are a regular around these parts, I’d like to say THANK YOU! You are the reason I write here, and I can’t thank you enough for taking some time out of your day to read the site. If you enjoy the site and want to support its continued development, please consider donating a few dollars […]

I’ve known Matt for a couple of years and he’s always publishing some of the most interesting pieces in this Apple-centric slice of the internet. I wholeheartedly encourage you to throw a couple of bucks his way if you’ve ever enjoyed one of his articles and are interested in supporting independent web publishers.

In addition to helping support his writing and other various projects, you’ll also receive a nifty BirchTree sticker as a thank you. He sent the first batch of stickers out last Thursday and I expect I’ll be receiving mine later today.

Current Publishing Trends ➝

Chris Bowler:

A lot of sites (big or small) are starting to remove dates from articles. Whether it’s so the content appears to be evergreen or SEO tactics or other, it’s bad form. The date is an important piece of information about an article.

I’ve noticed this trend as well and I absolutely hate it. I can understand downplaying when the article was written to some extent, but don’t remove it entirely. No matter what the topic is the date of publishing is always relevant.