Tag Archive for ‘Online Publishing’

Ad Blocking People and Non-Ad Blocking People Experience a Very Different Web ➝

Elliot Clowes:

According to this article 27% of American internet users use an adblocker (which seems a little high to me). But either way, the 73% are experiencing a very different internet. And it’s a far, far worse one.

The internet these days has lost a lot of its charm, and I personally don’t find it quite as fun to browse as I once did. But I think without the help of an adblocker I would find it much worse.

For the longest time, I didn’t run an ad blocker on my work computer. I wanted to make sure that the websites I visited were loading without any alteration, since I was often helping online publishers with problems related to how their site was displaying. But the web without an ad blocker is completely miserable.

I switched to Brave earlier this month, which has built-in ad blocking that I left on as an experiment. And I was much happier because of it. Although I want website makers to be able to earn a living from their work, there must be a better way — a way that doesn’t involve privacy-invasive, obtrusive advertisements.

➝ Source: imlefthanded.com

Chris Wiegman: ‘No More Analytics’ ➝

Chris Wiegman:

After 6 months of chasing analytics I’m not using them for anything other than vanity. I check multiple times a day to see who has visited, where numbers are, etc and nothing translates back to the content I’m writing.

This is, to me, the wrong way to do this. As a result I’ve removed analytics from this site entirely for now and will simply continue to focus on the content itself, not on the views that don’t mean anything.

I have analytics on Initial Charge, but check them very rarely. I’m not chasing views anymore. I write because I want to share my thoughts and the exact number of people that read them is inconsequential.

It also doesn’t show a complete picture. Some number of people read this site entirely by RSS and are never counted in the stats. And then, of course, there’s all of the folks using ad blockers that prevent the stats script from even running. I’ll never really know how many people read what I write, but I still think having stats is valuable so I can see more broad trends across longer periods of time.

➝ Source: chriswiegman.com

Keep Using RSS ➝

Matt Birchler:

While I definitely agree that RSS seems less mainstream than it used to be (although how mainstream it ever was is unclear to me), but I don’t resonate with the feeling that it’s not possible to use RSS like we always have.

Yes, feed aggregators like Inoreader, Feedly, and many more have some tricks to get more sources into your reader, the fact is I can still easily follow almost everything I want in these apps.

RSS is still the best way to follow the news and whatever hobbies and interests you have. It’s supported by almost every site and works incredibly well.

If you’re already using RSS, keep it up. If you’re not, consider starting.

➝ Source: birchtree.me

Search Engines and SEO Spam ➝

Michael Tsai:

I’ve long been in the camp saying that Google’s search was way ahead. I’m not sure what’s happened, but in the last few months I’ve noticed a huge decline in the quality of its results. I now regularly repeat my searches with DuckDuckGo to make sure I’m not missing something. Sometimes the problem is SEO spam, where the page I want isn’t on the first page or two of results, but perhaps if I clicked Next enough times I would eventually see it. Other times, I’m searching for something rare, Google only finds a handful of matches, and it appears that the page in question is not even indexed.

I don’t use Google as often as I used to. I switched to DuckDuckGo a handful of years ago and most recently switched to SearX early last year. I still fallback to DuckDuckGo and Google, though, when I’m having a hard time finding what I’m looking for.

Here’s the thing, web search isn’t good anymore. It doesn’t matter what service I use, the results are peppered with SEO spam and mediocre links. What I think I want is a search engine that only gave me results from small, independent weblogs.

More often than not I just want to find information from a normal person that’s writing about something because they care deeply about it. And that’s very difficult to find in search engines today.

➝ Source: mjtsai.com

Forget Twitter Threads ➝

Kev Quirk:

Secondly, Twitter isn’t the right platform for long-form content. If it was, it wouldn’t have a 280 character limit. It’s a micro blogging platform; and as we all know, micro means small.

Surely a much better way of sharing long-form content would be to write a single coherent piece on a blog, then post a link to it on Twitter so your followers can read it in its entirety.

This also has the added benefit of decentralising content away from platforms like Twitter.

If you have long-form thoughts, get a weblog and start publishing.

➝ Source: kevq.uk

An Update on the WordPress Classic Editor Plugin ➝

Josepha Haden, writing on WordPress.org:

Before the release of WordPress 5.0 in 2018, the Classic Editor plugin was published to help ease the transition to the new block editor. At the time, we promised to support the plugin through 2021 and adjust if needed as the deadline got closer. After discussing this with Matt, it’s clear that continuing to support the plugin through 2022 is the right call for the project as well as the community.

Everything I publish on Initial Charge is written in Ulysses, but everything I publish internally at Automattic is written in Gutenberg. But I think supporting the Classic Editor for an additional year is the right decision.

➝ Source: wordpress.org

Publish and Update WordPress Posts From Ulysses ➝

I’ll still be using my publishing shortcuts from The Toolkit because it makes it easier to move to a new text editor, but this is a very welcome update from Ulysses.

➝ Source: wordpress.com

Ghost 4.0 ➝

They’ve leaned pretty heavily into the membership system with this release. If that works for them and their users, I’m glad. It’s not really my thing, though. If I was using Ghost, I think I’d be a little put-off by its prominence in the dashboard, since it can’t be removed at all.

And that kind-of gets to the heart of one of the reasons I like WordPress so much — it really only does what you want it to and can be hacked and customized to accomplish your goals. Sure there are a lot of people that have bad experiences with bloated installs, but if you’re deliberate with the plugins you add, it’s not too difficult to keep it from getting out of hand.

I’m a little envious of the overall design of Ghost’s interface, though. The WordPress dashboard has remained mostly unchanged for years. It’s one aspect of the system that I’d like to see given a bit more development effort. Maybe when Gutenberg gets a bit more mature and established as a feature.

As a bit of an aside, Matt Birchler published a great video that goes over the features in this release.

➝ Source: ghost.org