Chasing the scoops because they bring pageviews is fine, but in the end we need to take a step back and write about things that really matters.
— Om Malik, Offscreen Magazine #10
A small change of habit today… just four news, instead of the usual five!
- The art of Sketches: Renzo Piano
- Blogging in English – When It’s Not Your Primary Language — basically those tips are the ones that made me start this very blog in October 2005;
- How To Create Incredible Black & White iPhone Photos — suggestions to improve our black & white photographs before we shoot them … with any camera! iPhone comprehended;
- Sorry publishers, the revolution will not be read about inside of your walls — Matt Galligan comments on the future of publishing, taking the chance offered by the Apple announce of a new iOS app … Apple News, a Flipboard/Zite like app;
The fine pals at Canva, have made a nice recap of their study over 100 Million Facebook posts which told us about the power of images in our culture and so how it boosts traffic to the published contents. Here’s the original article (from which the infographic is taken):
As for that entanglement among stories, Mr. Williams has conceded that it’s “confusing.” But this ambiguity isn’t a bug. It’s an essential feature of the business plan. The goal is to create the illusion that everything on Medium belongs to one editorial ecosystem, as if it’s the New York Times.
But unlike the Times, Medium pays for only a small fraction of its stories. The rest are submitted—for free—by writers like you. After a long time being elusive about its business model, Medium revealed that it plans to make money by—surprise!—selling advertising. This means displaying ads, but also collecting and selling data about readers and writers. So Medium will extract revenue from every story, whether it paid for that story or not.
In truth, Medium’s main product is not a publishing platform, but the promotion of a publishing platform. This promotion brings readers and writers onto the site. This, in turn, generates the usage data that’s valuable to advertisers. Boiled down, Medium is simply marketing in the service of more marketing. It is not a “place for ideas.” It is a place for advertisers. It is, therefore, utterly superfluous.
“But what about all the writing on Medium?” The measure of superfluity is not the writing on Medium. Rather, it’s what Medium adds to the writing. Recall the question from above: how does Medium improve the Internet? I haven’t seen a single story on Medium that couldn’t exist equally well elsewhere. Nor evidence that Medium’s editing and publishing tools are a manifest improvement over what you can do with other tools.
In sum—still superfluous.
As writers, we don’t need companies like Medium to tell us how to use the web. Or define openness and democracy. Or tell us what’s a “waste of [our] time” and what’s not. Or determine how and where readers experience our work. We need to decide those things for ourselves.
Matthew Butterick expresses in his piece one of the main reasons on why I’m not sold with Medium, and still prefer to publish everything I want over a space I can really control. Thanks to my pal Andrea Contino for pointing me to Matt’s article…
Every now and then I try to collect infos and books over a topic. Let’s say text editors.
At university it was Vim; after coming to Mac, years ago, I started documenting over TextMate. Lately it’s been the turn of Sublime Text …
I read introductions, how to correctly install, maybe apply a graphical theme to the app (this remembers me I have to post some resources I found over Sublime Text themes) and the first chapter.
Then something comes by and I get distracted. Time passes by, the ebooks/guide remains unread and I use all those extra-useful apps at 0,05% of their power.
Another interesting read today, over Marco Arment weblog…
Starting from the visitor’s traffic decline since the Google Readers’s closure, Marco notices how search engine is more and more driven by the amount of dollars spent in marketing, against the quality of the content and the ‘connection’ to the user’s query.
We – all – write contents in our blogs, and then start a spam-like behavior of spreading our URLs over every single social network in existence. Searching for a peak in traffic gained organically, against a brought search result placement.
Marco – as the ethical hacker he is – proposes to start building tools that make the web “better”. But from my point of view this does not excuse us from using the Internet with greater awareness, and keeping educating people to do the same.
What a funny coincidence!
I’ve spent half of this Saturday morning at home editing some old “uncategorized” posts here over the blog, and removing duplicates that has come from importing the Posterous space I had here. Then I took five minutes of relax opening Mr. Reader and having a look at my friend’s feed. Among those here’s Khürt’s one: Old posts.
Today’s Desk.pm community writing prompt is “Do you go back and edit/update old blog posts? What is your philosophy or practice in that regards?”
Well, I regularly edit my old posts … especially here over my english WordPress.com blog.
Too many times I witness how my written english skills are slowly fading, given the lack of exercise. When I was a teen my vocabulary and sentences had richness and flow… it was a pleasure having a conversation or writing an essay or a letter to a foreign friend. Nowadays I have only this blog (and the occasional post on Twitter / App.net or Google+) as a place to express myself in the Shakespeare’s language, and most of the time it’s a technical topic (hence my impoverishment).
A second reason in post’s editing is a change in the URL or the occasional modification of hot-linked images.
What’s your take? Once published it’s forgotten? Or do you edit over and over again?