Indipendent Publisher

At last The Indipendent Publisher theme has arrived on WordPress.com. Developed by Raam Dev this template is one of the cleanest and best content focued theme born in these last two years.

I’ve even adopted it on my self-hosted blog, customizing it a little, translating it and planning to suggest a couple of enhancement to its author. Read Raam’s annouce: Independent Publisher Announced on WordPress.com

I enjoy it so much that I couldn’t resist but adopt it immediately … now there are going to be some polish here and there, but I think I’ll stick with it for long time.

Today’s suggestions are – in my opinion – little pearls. The kind of reading that takes time to be assimilated, and then some other time to grow inside you and take you to some new ideas or approach… Enjoy them!

WordPress.com has published a bunch of new and interesting themes to their free offer. I choose Wilson to shake things up here… and see if putting in evidence (again) the tags, your’s most recent comments and the interesting things I bookmark on Pinboard in the site’s sidebar I can spark something new. Take this as a little experiment, and as an opportunity to tell me what’s your take on sidebar and content’s visibility and reachability over a blog like mine, with nearly 10 years of content!

2014 in review

As the year runts to its end, the WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 45,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 17 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

The Problem With Medium

Funny how things works on the Internet. Since a couple of weeks ago with some friends on Twitter we started a conversation – in italian, sorry – about the editorial business models available today, and how an Author should publish his staff and eventually get back some kind of revenue. Money, job offers, popularity, authorship… whatever!

Many clever and insightful post are published on Medium.com, which, over the last year has become THE network where you publish clever, long, detailed, documented articles on the subject of your choice. They have reinvented the comments on the web, they have boosted the writers’ writing experience over a browser. But…

By furnishing your User Content to Medium, you give Medium a broad license to use and exploit your User Content as it operates and evolves its business.

What does this mean? It means you’re giving your writing to a corporation for free, and they can do anything they want with it. Forever. Without paying you. Ever.

Andrea Phillips, The Problem With Medium

This piece from Andrea Phillips it today over one year old, and Medium Terms of Service have changed dramatically. But the question on how they’ll make a profit over a platform that lives with OUR provided content stands whatsoever.

So, if you are an author you should double guess writing anything really valuable to you only over that platform. Be sure to point your main business website. And always publish it also under the umbrella of your own domain of on a platform – like WordPress.com – which does not get into your business so badly…