bix.blog incarnation of my blog is going quiet, part of my “drawing down from the internet” process. I’ll still be microblogging, but on my homepage, in a timed-deletion format.
So I found a command-line blogging tool called Bake and if I can get Smartypants to actually work, I’ll have a quasi-microblog on the homepage that will auto-delete entries at midnight via cron. This blog, I guess, would go away.
Much like last time I tried to do a photoblogging challenge, I’ve realized or remembered that they only stress me out and I don’t need any of that.
No photo achieved today.
Micro.blog’s August photoblogging challenge, Day 6: Bisect. (Details and prompts.)
No photo achieved today.
Micro.blog’s August photoblogging challenge, Day 3: Bug. (Details and prompts.)
There’s been an adjustment to how I’m posting the August photoblogging challenge. I’d started yesterday by including some copy that used the day’s prompt. I’m not going to be doing that after all. It’s up to you to have a sense, or not, of how my photos fit.
There’s been something wrong with my cognition and impulse control the last two days when blogging. There was the Wheeler item where despite knowing I was writing about his police chief I typed the acting secretary of DHS. Then this, where I either meant to mention each of what these three people wrote or I just wrongly linked them together without thinking about it at all. I honestly don’t know which. I’ve cleared out my reading list for the day and am going to assume to start with that I’m not posting at all today, unless it’s something essentially frivolous.
Stumbled into another new(?) blogging platform: Typehut. No discovery mechanism on this one, near as I can tell.
Medium is testing themes, and Andy Baio quips that “they’re slowly turning into Blogspot”. It does seem to look like a sort of Blogspot/Tumblr hybrid without the reblogs. What caught my attention, though, was the bit about “fictionless reading”.
Most digital media experiences are full of friction: you are presented with an array of headlines and have to constantly decide, “Do I care enough to click?”
As a result, we spend much of our time online skimming, evaluating, and browsing, often ending up more overwhelmed than enlightened. In comparison, experiences like magazines, blogs, or feed-based social apps draw you into content immediately.
This gets the friction problem almost entirely wrong.
Reading and writing on the web is in need of more friction, not less. Experiences should encourage you to linger, or re-read, or ponder; or, perhaps, comment. Experiences should not encourage you just to speed right on ahead to the next thing.
I’ve debated back and forth on whether or not to include the next and previous links on my blog posts because I genuinely can’t decide if even they are too little friction.
The best indicator of whether my blog is being read or not isn’t any visitor stats, I think, but the amount of comment spam.
Look, I can’t make you include the date of your blog posts in the permalink, but for fuck’s sake include the god damned date of the post somewhere on the page itself.
Am I just an old buffoon? No matter how many times people try to explain the lure of quotebacks (via John Philpin), I just don’t get it.
Fixed the blog’s “dark mode” so that videos are not color-inverted, which I noticed the other night but forgot to sit down and fix.