the social upside of sharing

there is a social upside to sharing the product of one’s labors. Doing so sparks conversations, which may lead to the productive exchange of ideas. This is how we collectively improve. Sadly, society has become less social. In our post-social world, we don’t converse as much as we scream past each other. Social media is nothing but a war for attention. Our media rewards — and is driven by — outrage and the cheap clicks it generates.

Om Malik

on putting readers and blog authors on the same page

… lately I’m thinking that one necessary element of a true renaissance will be to get the readers of blogs on the same page as the writers. Everyone who writes a blog for a while knows that one of the best things about it is the way it allows you to revisit themes and topics. You connect one post to another by linking to it; you connect many posts together by tagging. Over time you develop fascinating resonances, and can trace the development of your thought.

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But this is not typically how readers read blogs. Not many people read this blog, but those who do typically just read the most recent posts — three days back, max. I add links to earlier posts, but almost no one clicks on them. People don’t click on tags either. And I think that’s because we have all been trained by social media to skim the most recent things and then go on to something else. We just don’t do deeper dives any more. So one of the things I want to be thinking about is: How can I encourage readers of my blog to seek some of the benefits that I get from it? 

Alan Jacobs

A couple of friends have reported on their blog a quote or two from this post by Alan Jacobs on blogging.

More and more people, expecially if somehow educated in ‘computer technology’ are fighting for their right of privacy, respect, transparency, indipendence and full authorship on what they put on the web. Many more just don’t care. And they just passively undergo the technological succession of a platform over another.

But maybe we don’t need any magical fix … if we care we have just to be faithful to our vision, find the first tool at hand – possibly an open source one – and publish our staff, in the ways we like. We have to put an enphasys to the things we do for the good, be open to suggestion, invite people in telling us what they like and what they don’t … and if this does not match to our vision we should avoid conflict and search the things in common that will permit us to build over something, instead of starting again and again the Quest for the perfect.

One example of this is WordPress, now at 34% of the preferences of the people who build stuff for the web, a tool that one can use as an advanced headless CMS or a vanilla grandmom’s recipe diary. A tool that is – believe it or not – shaped by the people that is present and active and supportive in the Community. If you just say no and walk away you’ll have no chances to change anything.

As for bloggin’ … I’m entering the 17th year of activity and will use tags and categories and open comments because they helped me to learn, search, and correlate things. So if you’ll click on them, or go away, it’ll be your choice… not me forcing to experience your navigation.

As ever, I’m open to comments … let me know what you think. It’ll be appreciated!

Your “thread” should have been a blog post…

please place any idea worth more than 280 characters and the value Twitter places on them (which is zero) on a blog that you own and/or can easily take your important/valuable/life-changing ideas with you and make them easy for others to read and share.

Patrick Rhone

Today I intended to write on something else, but then Patrick wrote this and surpassed my idea (which, by the way, somehow was in topic).

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.

Small b blogging

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…