We do want Blogging to be as Easy and Simple as Tweeting

Now imagine all of the fake news, trolling, and negativity amplified a 100 times.

Rajiv Abraham doesn’t want to see the toxicity of the Closed Web spill into the Open Web.

 

This is a valid concern and should certainly be on the mind of both the community as a whole and those who make the software upon which blogging lives.

However, the Open Web and especially the blog-based sections of it already have years of experience in dealing with these problems; a good example is the aforementioned Micro.blog, as an alternative to a commenting system is quite brilliant in its elegance — now as individuals we do not have to manage the comments on our site, whilst those who are either writing for a site in a group or employed to do so can either choose to manage the comments or not… or even better, turn to something like Micro.blog where the comments are a lot less likely to be poisonous from the get-go.

Of course this is also dependent on the development of platforms like Micro.blog; it could go either way. The point here is that we all know more now than we ever did and it is upon those of us who care to actually go to the effort to have community standards, including codes of conduct and active moderating where it is needed.

There is no doubt that the vitriol from which the big Closed Web media companies have been profiting is a different kind of beast from what we once so naively referred to as “Internet Drama”, and we should be vigilant lest it spreads entirely across the web but we have hope like never before be it from the experienced crowd of web users, the bright new minds of so-called digital natives, or those of us who have adapted to the ever growing blend of physical and digital. We are determined to not so easily lose this world before it has barely begun, certainly not to the likes of those who clearly care not for the people who have built their success whether that’s Mark or Jack, and most certainly not to the people who use their work to wreak havoc in our lives.

We can do better. And I think we will.

Adventures In Moving

The past couple of weeks have been an increasing number of stressful events, growing slightly up until the point where I realised that I haven’t written anything for the blog since… January? Something like that. I feel bad and in a good way; I’m annoyed at missing out on it, as opposed to any weird social pressure-type reason.

So that’s good.

However, it’s time to be truthful; I’m not going to post for at least another week. We’re moving in the next few days and time is very much up for my attempts to spend any serious time on thinking about a subject, let alone writing about one.

In the meantime I’ll likely be active on Micro.blog since it’s such a good reprieve from the chaos of moving home, as well as life in general. I encourage you to join, it is a lot of fun.

Bye!

Closed Means Closed

Ed Cormany recently shared a link to a step-by-step tutorial for the Apple-owned Workflow app.

Not only was Ed interested in the existence of such tutorials at all but when I saw what the specific editorial was about I perked up; as a (happy) Apple Music subscriber I would definitely be interested in learning how to get quicker access, especially if the instructions are written out in what is likely an easily consumable manner.

Well, I can only assume.

Federico Viticci recently shared a link to a tip for the Apple-owned Workflow app.

Federico, like Ed, was interested — enthused even — to see such information being produced by Apple. It is in fact for the same thing and so, again, I thought this was good only this time I was hesitant to put much more effort into investigating.

You see, this editorial is only available to read in the App Store app on iOS. Whilst it’s enough of a shame to see such interesting and potentially valuable information locked behind such a closed door, it was also interesting to me to see that it was shared in both cases behind another closed door: Twitter. Whilst Federico owns and writes for the excellent Macstories, there might not be much that can be realistically done to stop Apple — or anybody else — from hiding such excellent writing and help away within their own closed spaces. Meanwhile Twitter continues to be the deeply flawed vessel through which this information is carried and given to… some people who would find it useful.

Yet another sign of just how limiting and limited the modern web is.

Change

(Note: This was originally written in the Spring of 2017.)

 

I’m tired more often and I’m getting more work done. This makes sense but seriously: fuck time. Even as I finally get around to better organising my time, it refuses to do anything else but disappear. Kinda rude.

I’ve definitely hit a wall with this, where no amount of extra effort applied gets me closer to my goals. So, it’s time to apply some smarter work. I’m going to schedule work sessions at the beginning and end of every day, when I’m most likely to have full free time, and honestly when I feel high levels of motivation; maybe proximity to sleep is the key ingredient here. That will be helped by a dose of automation, specifically with the tech that I’m using; it’s taken a long time but I’m finally settled on a structure for the various pieces of software I use to stay organised, so now it’s time to set up some automated processes for them to run through.

Overall I’m happy with this approach. It’s a lot simpler than various previous efforts.

As far as the blog goes, there will be two new regular additions:

Post A Day
That’s one guaranteed post each day. Will likely be mostly nonsense but we’ll see how it goes.

Selfie A Day
Yep, I’m finally giving into the whole selfie thing. Basically, I need to lose weight and have lost patience with previous attempts to do so; it’s time for the public shame route.

These will be taken on and posted to Instagram, with a basic cross-post to here.

So uh yeah. Change is good.

 

(Second Note: Those two planned additions are still happening, in some way, but not necessarily in such a weird-fake-branding way. I have no idea exactly how bad my sleep was back then but it is certainly better now… I mean… wow.)

Discomfort

(Note: This was originally written in the Spring of 2017.)

 

Is it a motivator? I think so.

I’m sitting here, in a university class room, and despite the irrefutable quality of the subject and following discourse I just… I feel tired. It’s the worst. I know I am actually tired due to lack of sleep and other such usual factors but to be honest I am also totally fucking bored.

Why? I dunno. Could it be stress? There are medical reasons for my tiredness but I don’t know what they are right now. I know one for sure, though, and it’s that if I am confronted by activity of others for mentally draining exercises then my body just feels the need to sleep. It is more likely to happen with something that I am not involved, to the point where I am fairly confident there is a strong correlation between level of involvement and likelihood of sleep.

It’s a mess, really, but I have at least discovered one thing; feeling discomfort helps. I feel both actually awake and a desire to do something. Now that’s motivation for me. The funny thing is that it is physical discomfort that has sparked this motivation.

I’m fairly sure if there is non-physical discomfort that I’d just feel a wave of tiredness.

Huh. Weird.