To Become a Better Writer, Read More

The best way to become a better writer is to read more and not just about a single subject matter. Why? Reading is the best way to generate new ideas. Every person has a different perspective on life. This comes from different experiences, cultural ideas, values, etc. You know things I don’t know. You can make connections I can’t make. By reading, you are allowing these unique connections to flourish, which can make you a better writer.
Nick Maggiulli

Thanks to Luca for the reference.

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Small b blogging

Tom Critchlow on network topology and the ghost of the Digg homepage.

I think most people would be better served by subscribing to small b blogging. What you want is something with YOUR personality. Writing and ideas that are addressable (i.e. you can find and link to them easily in the future) and archived (i.e. you have a list of things you’ve written all in one place rather than spread across publications and URLs) and memorable (i.e. has your own design, logo or style). Writing that can live and breathe in small networks. Scale be damned.

When you write for someone else’s publication your writing becomes disparate and UN-networked. By chasing scale and pageviews you lose identity and the ability to create meaningful, memorable connections within the network.

Tom Critchlow: ☞ Small b blogging

Thanks to Ma.tt for the hint…

Editing

It’s been two days since my last post. In the meantime I am tweaking some setting of this WordPress.com powered blog, and also actively editing my posts.

I’ve still get a grasp on the uncategorized post’s Category which today still counts 189 items coming from the Posterous contet import. It was indeed a powerful platform, given how easy was to add content. They’ve lasted in business 4 years, before getting acquired by Twitter.

Also, I do wonder if people or just the search engine bots are aware of this editing activities, or if I shouldn’ care and let it go. After all I’m into the thirteenth year of blogging here and the web it’s like the sea: always in movement, changing…

Writing versus Posting

Perhaps the difference between posting and writing is this: when you post something to Facebook, you inherently hope to find an audience; you wish the algorithm and potential recipients to ‘engage’ with the creation. By contrast, when you write a book or a blog, your write for readers — people who have already made some intentional decision to interact with you and your ideas.

via James Shelley

Experiment with Twenty Seventeen

This morning I had some free time (waiting for an important email to make further action), and I decided to play a little with this Twenty Seventeen WordPress theme from Automattic.

This is being said as a ‘business oriented’ template, and my try is to play a little with it to enhance my personal branding effort to the English speaking audience.
So in the next few hours if you come by via a browser you could see things changing under your eyes. Please forgive this curious kid playing 😉

I support Stories of Apple. You should too…

It’s a know fact my long time friendship with Nicola D’Agostino. It’s also known that we share a certain number of passion and interests, among with the software and the hardware made in Cupertino, California. And lots of times here, on Twitter and around the web I’ve talked about some cool content on his project Stories of Apple

Storie di Apple - logo

Today I’d like to spend some more words on this project, inviting you to support this historiographical job that he’s making since 2007 (in this form). Staring with a 2$/month contribute you can sponsor his work thanks to the crowdfunding site  Patreon.
With this money we can support his job maintaining 2 websites, 1 Instagram account, a rich Tumblr profile and some exclusive content over Patreon website itself…

If I get enough support by readers on Patreon, I will be able to write more original stuff and even try my hand at some more ambitious projects, like regular columns and videos.
Nicola D’Agostino

Over the Patreon platform you will be able to check the level of support you’re more comfortable: starting with the Vice President level (2$ per month) up to  iCEO (15$ or more per month) 😀 … each with his own level of benefits and ‘power’ in the future of the project.
As in any of his actions, very politely and humbly Nicola has decided to undertake this financing road to better realize this enormous job of documenting Apple (and computing) history over the decades, avoiding the worst form of monetization available today (banners, targeted ads, hidden referral links and so on). He respects his readers, but he’s in a position to ask for help to go on…

I have decided to support Stories Of Apple and this take on web content publications by Nicola, and I’ve started as a Vice President… if we ‘all’ join in we can contribute to enrich the Web with a little and shiny diamond…

Be a Stories of Apple supporter on Patreon

 

The Great Disconnect

… there isn’t a better time than when you’re completely removed from such routine, that you can zoom out and take a better look at it. And you start noticing little silly things, like the amount of effort and energies you must invest to keep up-to-date with what goes on in technology (and many other disciplines) today, to then be able to add your voice to that cauldron of a debate, which keeps getting bigger every day and you end up drowning in irrelevancy most of the time anyway.

Writing online today, no matter how often you ‘show up’, often feels like a permanent state of paying one’s dues. Authority is achieved randomly: the public doesn’t seem to care if you’ve written about technology for the past 12 years or for just a few weeks. If the right people link to your piece and appreciate it, it’s a brilliant contribution and you’re worthy of attention, at least for a few days. You soon find out that you’re organising your approach to follow that model, so you read a lot, write a lot (quantity and ‘showing up’ frequency over quality), and every day you sit at your computer or mobile device and you’ve basically become a hamster spinning in your wheel.
Riccardo Mori

write 10 minutes every day

The 2016 edition of WordCamp Europe in Vienna was huge. There were lots of really good moments. Here’s the Andrea Badgley speech with the topic of daily blogging in her: Publish in 10 Minutes Per Day →

I’ll try to do this in the coming weeks, since I feel I am loosing confidence in writing out my feelings and ideas …

[Thanks to Luca Sartoni for putting the spotlight on this, I am digging with the technical speeches at the moment]

On choosing the right theme

Just ten days ago I was writing about a theme change on these pages, adopting the Hew theme.

Along with finding a bug on it, I’ve also discovered that one-column templates (like this Celsius one I am using right now) simply works when you are really focused on a topic. Unfortunately this is not my case in the last months, where I do not have the time … or, better, the required concentration, to write here more extensively. So I keep posting links and videos and a casual user has a problem in finding the topics I’ve spoken in the last 10 years …

As in the next 10 days I have a job to fulfill, I will not have time to make a deep search in the list of the available free themes on WordPress.com … so if you land here via a browser you could see things changing.

Also, I am very interested in the process you make choosing a template for your site. Mind to share? Thanks!