The internet never forgets? Bollocks!
We were told — warned, even — that what we put on the internet would be forever; that we should think very carefully about what we commit to the digital page. And a lot of us did. We put thought into it, we put heart into, we wrote our truths. We let our real lives bleed onto the page, onto the internet, onto the blog. We were told, “Once you put this here, it will remain forever.” And we acted accordingly.
This is a beautiful love-letter to the archival web, and a horrifying description of its betrayal:
When they’re erased by a company abruptly and without warning, it’s something of a new-age arson.
Yet another cautionary tale on why you should be homesteading instead of sharecropping.
This is what Medium is for.
If you want to read some of Dan Catt’s lesser thoughts, he has his own blog.
Ben is rightly worried by the blasé attitude in the tech world to the PRISM revelations. Perhaps that attitude stems from a culture of “log everything by default”?
I think there’s a deep rooted trait within this industry that sedates the outrage. That is the normality, complicity, and dependency on ‘surveillance’ in the software we make.
This is a breath of fresh air: a blogging platform that promises to keep its URLs online in perpetuity.
Yes! Yes! YES!
Tom is spot-on here: you shouldn’t be afraid of writing about yourself …especially not for fear of damaging some kind of “personal brand” or pissing off some potential future employer.
If your personal brand demands that you live your life in fear of disclosing important parts of your life or your experience, the answer is to reject the whole sodding concept of personal brands.
Do things I write about my personal life threaten my personal brand? Perhaps. Are there people who wouldn’t hire me based on things I write? Probably. Do I give even a whiff of a fuck? Absolutely not. I wouldn’t want to work for them anyway.
A wonderful rallying cry from Drew.
Ever since the halcyon days of Web 2.0, we’ve been netting our butterflies and pinning them to someone else’s board.
Hope that what you’ve created never has to die. Make sure that if something has to die, it’s you that makes that decision. Own your own data, friends, and keep it safe.
I heartily concur with Chris’s sentiment:
I wish everyone in the world would blog.
Laura explains the problems with hiding content for small screens, and uses this as an opportunity to elucidate why you should blog, even if you’re think that no-one would be interested in what you have to say:
The point I’m trying to make is that we shouldn’t be fearful of writing about what we know. Even if you write from the most basic point of view, about something which has been ‘around for ages’, you’ll likely be saying something new to someone. They might be new to the industry, you might just be filling in the holes in someone’s knowledge.
Amen, Scott, A-MEN:
You are not blogging enough. You are pouring your words into increasingly closed and often walled gardens. You are giving control - and sometimes ownership - of your content to social media companies that will SURELY fail.
I quite the look of Medium, but Dave Winer absolutely nails it with this feature request:
Let me enter the URL of something I write in my own space, and have it appear here as a first class citizen. Indistinguishable to readers from something written here.
I think it might get a tattoo of this:
There’s art in each individual system, but there’s a much greater art in the union of all the systems we create.
A cautionary tale from Dave Winer of not considering digital preservation from the outside. We must learn the past. We must.
Nine years and five months after he began publishing every entry in Samuel Pepys’ diary, Phil Gyford posts the last entry.
It’s very gratifying to know that I encouraged someone to write something.
Luke’s notes from my talk about long-term thinking and online preservation at An Event Apart in Boston.
Yet another reason to host your own content instead of sharecropping; danah boyd wakes up one morning to find her Tumblr account has been moved to a different URL.
Jason Grigsby pulls together a bunch of links related to responsive design, mobile web and that tricky context problem.
Dave Winer is putting together technology to battle share-cropping and enable the Pembertonisation of your content: you host the canonical copy and distribute to third-party services.
PPK has switched off comments for much the same reason that I hardly ever have comments on adactio.com: our sites are places for us to broadcast rather than have a conversation.
A thoughtful piece on how Twitter can complement blogging, but is far too often used as an impermanent substitute.
…if you didn’t blog it, it didn’t happen. In fact, I first wrote about this idea a bit on Twitter a few years ago. See if you can find it.
Could it be that the current penchant for quick, real-time bursts of content could actually be beneficial for more thoughtful, long-form content?
Oh, what a lovely metaphor! What's your online home?
What he said. "The wonderful thing about the web is that anyone can contribute to it. If you have something to say, there are plenty of places to say it. But your right to post to someone else’s site rests with that someone else."
A thoughtful piece by John Gruber on HTML5 video: yes, software patents are toxic to the web but perhaps H.264 isn't the worst offender.
A self-documenting explanation of why John Gruber doesn't have comments on his site.
This is a pithy one-sentence description of a blog post, praising the author's insight.
Encode your video twice (mp4 and ogg) and you can then serve it up in 4 different ways: 2 HTML5 video sources, 1 quicktime player, and 1 Flash player.
I think that reports of the death of the blog have been greatly exaggerated but I agree with just about everything written here.
A great video reportage of this year's bloggies featuring a bit of a mandolin performance by yours truly.
This is wonderful: a line-a-day diary from the 1930s turned into a Twitter account. It's like a microblogging version of Pepys's journal via RSS.
Pride and Prejudice told through Facebook.
Mike has published his notes from day one of @media Ajax in London.
Words cannot describe how brilliant this is. In response to a whinging Twitter post I made, Matthew Levine created a bookmarklet to quickly and easily create simple hCards for easy adding to blog posts. It works beautifully.
Wesley Hodgson liveblogged the talk I just gave at An Event Apart San Francisco — Patterns in the process.
Follow the fun at An Event Apart San Francisco thanks to the diligent liveblogging of Andrew Mager. The man's a machine!
Blogging can be hard. Here's some free relief. Sure, it's a shameless commercial promotion but it's kind of cute.
Weighing up the pros and cons of allowing comments on blog posts.
Lee is a Twitter sceptic. Shun the unbeliever, shhuuuunnnnn!
kottke.org is 10. Many happy returns, Jason.
I keep meaning to post more videos to my blog and seeing as Tantek has the camera as I do, I'm making a note of what he does.
This is good news. You can expect Gravatar service to get faster and better.
Livejournal profile pages get some microformats lovin', That's a lot of hCards.
This blogging Tory MP is stealing someone's bandwidth for the photo in this post. Said photo has been subtly altered. Hilarity ensues in the comments.
Speaking from experience, I concur.
Stephen Fry is blogging. This makes me happy. All is well with the world.
Following on from my thoughts about comments on blogs, this video resonates.
"All new blogs, and all blogs that use Layouts and have unmodified blog page element templates now have hAtom classes in them."
This transcription of John Gruber's justification for not having comments makes for superb reading. This is what blogging is really about.
This is the secret I've been keeping ever since I visited Six Apart a few weeks back: Movable Type is going open source.
Because if you use Tim O'Reilly's sherrif badge, the terrorists have already won.
There's now a blog dedicated to the Lifestream concept. It looks the idea (and the word I coined) has legs.
Jason Kottke likes Twitter too.
Douglas is blogging again. "To chronicle the bits and information around me. Short posts or long ones; on-topic or not; doesn’t matter. Just write."
Shaun is pushing the boundaries of CSS as an indicator of the passage of the time. I'm really happy to see this kind of experimentation: this is exactly why we want separation of content and presentation.
Not if John keeps writing posts as good as this is, it's not.
A German language blog devoted entirely to microformats. Klasse.
Jeffrey's only gone and turned on comments. Who's next? Joe? Me? I just hope he remembers the corollary of Sturgeon’s Law for blogs.
The Associated Press feels that blogs are good enough to steal from, but not good enough to credit.
Someone else who doesn't have comments enabled on his site explains his reasons.
This blog has a picture taken in Brighton every day.
In a very meta move, I've seeded Newsvine with my post about comments (and Newsvine) with an eye to soliciting comments.
The working example from Richard's chapter in Blog Design Solutions. It's a home-rolled PHP/MySQL blog for Samuel Pepys featuring beautiful typography... natch.
Anina, the blogging model, is told by her agency to stop blogging because "fashion and technology do not go together". Asshats.
The blog of a New York cab driver.
Hilarious account of a cross-cultural mix-up in a Brighton supermarket.
With a name like Dave Seah, misunderstandings are bound to occur.
Nominations for the 2006 bloggies are open.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee has a blog.
The Beeb is blogging on TypePad.
Not only is Yahoo! snapping up all the coolest web apps (Flickr, Upcoming), they're snapping up all the best British bloggers too (Simon, Tom,...)
Three food bloggers discuss the differences in eating habits between France and America.
Ladies and gentlemen.... John. Fucking. Oxton.
So long and thanks for all the puppies.
Tom Coates, Heather Armstrong and others weigh in with their thoughts. Tom has a sexy radio voice.