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