Tag Archive for ‘Writing’

‘Itso’ ➝

It’s an old one, but was recently brought to my attention when I saw this tweet from Shawn Blanc.

John Gruber:

itso — noun, pl. itsos : typographical error involving the use of it’s for its, or vice-versa. You have an itso in the second paragraph.

I like it.

➝ Source: daringfireball.net

The True Value of Link Posts ➝

Marius Masalar:

Link posts turn each of your RSS feed sources into their own editorial curation board, offering you glimpses into corners of the internet you may not be exposed to otherwise.

There’s no right or wrong way to do this, and I’m not suggesting that people who share links without commentary are committing some sort of crime against the indie web. However, if you’re going to share new ideas and experiences with someone, it seems courteous to do so with the same care and attention you’d grant them if you were making the recommendation in person.

I’ve published more than my fair share of link posts without any additional commentary, but it’s something I try to avoid as much as I can. It’s much more courteous to add a bit more context about what the link is, why I’m sharing it, and/or any thoughts I have regarding the overall topic.

There are occasions where the blockquote speaks for itself or the commentary is provided within the title, but those are the exception, not the norm.

➝ Source: mariusmasalar.me

Iceberg, a Beautiful Editor for WordPress ➝

I don’t actual write within the WordPress editor on Initial Charge, instead I do all of my writing within Ulysses and then publish to the site using Shortcuts. But if I was to ever move back to writing directly in WordPress, Iceberg is how I’d do it.

I purchased the plugin immediately after seeing it on Twitter, even though I don’t have any plans to actually use it. I want plugins like this to be developed for the platform and want to compensate the developers for investing the time and effort into building it.

Iceberg is a gorgeous, simple editor for WordPress that allows you to write in Markdown. That would be enough for many, but what takes Iceberg to the next level is that it builds upon the block editor instead of replacing it. When you write within Iceberg, all of the markup under the hood is entirely block editor compatible. There’s no need to worry about incompatibilities if you deactivate the plugin down the line — you can gracefully switch back and forth between editors and everything just works.

➝ Source: useiceberg.com

Using Shortcuts and Data Jar to Help Write Link Posts ➝

Chris Hannah, writing about saving articles that he plans to link to on his site:

So I came up with an idea of two shortcuts, one to store relevant data about the article I wanted to reference, and then another which I could use to select from the list and kick off a draft in iA Writer.

That’s when I thought about using the recently released data store app, Data Jar, which is a fantastic tool for storing all kinds of data.

This whole setup is more complex than I expect I’d ever want and it doesn’t really fit into my writing workflow. I save articles to Instapaper as I find them and then read through my queue when I have time. But linking to articles is part of the reading process — I don’t distinguish between the two. If I want to link to an article I’m reading, I do it right then and there.

But this is such a testament to how powerful and versatile Shortcuts is — it gives folks like Chris the ability to build workflows that wouldn’t be possible without it. And I’m glad that’s the case.

➝ Source: blog.chrishannah.me

Bringing Humanity Back to Weblogs ➝

Josh Ginter, on expanding the topics that he is willing to write about on his weblog:

Gone are the days where I feel weird posting a Bible review on one day and then a list of Star Wars predictions the next. Gone are the days where I feel odd talking about money and finances.

I’m going to write and post things that interest me. Things I like. Things I’m trying my hand at.

I’ve started to come around to this line of thinking too. Although I still tend to focus on Apple-related products and software, I’ve starting writing a bit more about writing in general, the open web, and some more personal life stuff.

The days of earning a living off of a personal site are mostly behind us and with that comes a bit more freedom for the folks who are still writing about their passions — Matt Birchler recently shared a great list of writers, if you’re interested. Removing that financial incentive means that there is no longer the need to stick to a specific niche, we can expand out a bit and write about the other interests we have.

I think this is good for weblogging. I started following independent publishers in the days of Google Reader because I was interested in alternative takes on on tech products and services. But I stuck around and kept reading because I liked the people behind the sites. That humanity slowly disappeared as the possibility of earning a living seemed attainable. But now that the money has moved elsewhere, that humanity is returning again and I’m enjoying every minute of it.

➝ Source: thenewsprint.co

November Publishing Challenge ➝

Shawn Blanc:

Starting today — Friday, November 1 — I’ll be writing and publishing something every day for the whole month of November.

Though, instead of writing a novel in a month, I will be simply be focused on publishing something — anything — every single day. From photos, links to interesting things, articles, reviews, etc.

CJ Chilvers, Om Malik, Matt Hauger, and Josh Ginter are planning to to publish each day in November too. And I’ll throw my hat in the ring as well.

➝ Source: shawnblanc.net

Why Working Quickly Is More Important Than It Seems ➝

James Somers:

The obvious benefit to working quickly is that you’ll finish more stuff per unit time. But there’s more to it than that. If you work quickly, the cost of doing something new will seem lower in your mind. So you’ll be inclined to do more.

The converse is true, too. If every time you write a blog post it takes you six months, and you’re sitting around your apartment on a Sunday afternoon thinking of stuff to do, you’re probably not going to think of starting a blog post, because it’ll feel too expensive.

Some good examples of this in the full piece. The key take away: if you want to do something well, do it a lot. And do it fast.

How to Use HomeKit to Automatically Turn Your Lights on When You Come Home at Night ➝

Yours truly, writing for The a Sweet Setup:

Have you ever returned home at night with your hands full, having to fumble around in the dark to turn on a light? This was a common occurrence in my house, where there’s no light switches near the entrance from our garage. My wife and I often shop for groceries later in the day and it’s always a pain to get the lights turned on when we’re each carrying five or six bags.

I’d like to show you how we solved that problem, utilizing the automation features in the Home app and an inexpensive HomeKit-compatible power outlet that we plugged our living room lamp into.

I had a lot of fun writing this piece and I couldn’t be happier to have my byline on a site that I’ve read and respected for years. A huge thanks to Josh Ginter, the site’s editor-and-chief, for giving me the opportunity. And I have a couple more articles in their pipeline that you can look forward to seeing soon.