2023-07-28 #blogging / www.youtube.com

Aaron Francis at Laracon US 2023: Publishing Your Work

I've attended this talk twice this year and it hit just as hard the second time. Happy to see it available online. Start watching already!


2023-07-02 #the-web #blogging

Blogs, more than ever

It's been an odd few days with the changes on Reddit and Twitter – the only two major social media platforms I browse.

Platforms are great portals for discovery, but a guarantee for longevity is not their strong suit. And while the fediverse is interesting, my Mastodon experience feels more like a detox than something that stands on its own.

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2023-06-28 #blogging / www.henrikkarlsson.xyz

A blog post is a very long and complex search query to find fascinating people and make them route interesting stuff to your inbox

A lovely essay by Henrik Karlsson on writing, blogging, and the power of the internet.

When writing in public, there is a common idea that you should make it accessible. This is a left over from mass media. Words addressed to a large and diverse set of people need to be simple and clear and free of jargon. […]

That is against our purposes here. A blog post is a search query. You write to find your tribe; you write so they will know what kind of fascinating things they should route to your inbox. If you follow common wisdom, you will cut exactly the things that will help you find these people.


2018-12-17 #blogging / robertheaton.com

A blogging style guide

Robert Heaton shares 39 bullets to improve your blogging. A few of my favorites:

Choose a few people whose style you like and copy it as hard as you can without infringing on any intellectual property. I aim for a combination of the Economist, Paul Krugman, and Terry Pratchett.

If you need a quick name for a generic fictional character, consider using one from a culture or gender that you usually wouldn't. Even if you don't believe that representation in the media matters, you've surely got to concede that there's still a chance that it might, and that the cost of sometimes calling your imaginary computer programmers Julianna is zero.

It's fine to spend 10, 20, 30 minutes staring into space when your plan for the day says that you're meant to be writing.

It is admittedly even better to spend that 30 minutes spamming down any old nonsense that you can refine later, or that at least helps get you mentally unblocked.

Read all 39 tips on robertheating.com.