Seth Godin and blogging every day

Great post by CJ Chilvers about blogging regularly, via Micro.blog user @kaa, with a quote from Seth Godin’s podcast. Seth says to blog every day…

…because of the discipline it gives you, to know that you’re going to write something tomorrow. Something that might not be read by many people—it doesn’t matter—it will be read by you. If you can build that up, you will begin to think more clearly. You will make predictions. You will make assertions. You will make connections.

CJ adds:

Nothing has been healthier for my idea generation than to throw out ideas. Once they’re in the public, they feel completely gone. I’m free to come up with new and better ideas. And I do.

For more people to blog more often, blogging has to be easier. That is a key premise of Micro.blog — why blogging UIs should take inspiration from Twitter and Instagram, and why we have little incentives like unlocking the 30-day pin on Micro.blog for blogging every day.

IndieWeb Summit next week

I’ll be in Portland next week for IndieWeb Summit. Marty McGuire has a nice overview and invitation for anyone to attend:

IWS kicks off with a pre-party on Monday evening at the Pine Street Market where you can enjoy some great handmade food and drinks. More importantly, you can meet and befriend some of the most earnest and clever folks I know when it comes to having fun being yourself on the web. You’re likely to share stories about how awful silos like Facebook and Twitter have become, get inspired to build things you didn’t even know you wanted to put on your website, and hatch schemes for what you’d love to learn, discuss, and build over the next two days.

Looking forward to seeing folks there. There’s a lot of interesting work being done in the IndieWeb community, and of course we want Micro.blog to be a great IndieWeb-friendly platform that can make independent blogging even easier. Jean MacDonald and I will be giving an update at IndieWeb Summit about the Micro.blog community and what we’ve learned trying to reach new users.

WWDC 2018 wrap-up

I realized after flying back home that this was likely my 20th trip out to San Jose and San Francisco for WWDC. I certainly loved the early years, as well as the height of WWDC in San Francisco as the community was growing, but I’ve found the no-stress compromise of the last few years without a conference ticket to be some of the most enjoyable and productive.

This year I arrived Saturday before lunch. Jean MacDonald and I used this extra day for Micro.blog planning, and to walk around the conference area looking for a good spot for the meetup. In the evening, a bunch of us met up at Santa Clara Valley Brewing.

Santa Clara Valley Brewing icons Santa Clara Valley Brewing beers

Sunday morning I was up early, got some coffee and breakfast while working at Voltaire Coffee House, then drove up to San Francisco. I had rented a car for what has become a pre-WWDC tradition for me the last several years: having lunch out at the Presidio in San Francisco and catching the latest exhibit at the Walt Disney Family Museum. I picked up Jon Hays at SFO along the way, and we also stopped for the view from Twin Peaks on the way back.

Voltair Coffee House Presidio Picnic Walt Disney Family Museum Twin Peaks

It was great to catch up with people at sjMacIndie on Sunday night. Jon and I left a little early to watch the second half of game 2 of the NBA finals from a bar around the corner. I wore my Tim Duncan t-shirt.

Monday morning was keynote watching at AltConf. While I was initially underwhelmed by the keynote, the announcements have been growing on me throughout the week. Apple’s strategy with Siri still isn’t what I’d like to see, but it’s significant progress. We go into this more on the latest Core Intuition. Overall a pretty good conference. I’ll be watching the Mac App Store improvements too.

Hopefully by next year I’ll remember that finding a place downtown for dinner late at night requires a little planning. Nevertheless, had a great time talking with friends and meeting new folks over dinner or drinks for the nights I was in San Jose. This year even featured a random trip to In-N-Out for burgers.

I really enjoyed both the live recordings I went to: Accidental Tech Podcast and The Talk Show. Unfortunately I had to leave Wednesday so missed the Relay show. I have a bunch of podcasts to catch up on.

The Talk Show

The highlight of my week was the 2nd annual Micro.blog WWDC meetup. It means a lot to see the support from the community. Micro.blog continues to get better every day, and I’m looking forward to meeting even more users next year. Thanks again to everyone joined us at the meetup, and to Jeff Watkins for the group photo!

Micro.blog Meetup

Back online after taking some time off to camp at Colorado Bend State Park last night. Great hike down to the waterfall this morning.

→ 2018/06/13 3:17 pm

I usually queue up Micro Monday when it goes live, but today has been a blur, and I just finished listening to the latest episode in the car while running an errand. This week, Jean talks to Jim Withington about early blogging, XOXO, and more. Enjoy!

→ 2018/06/11 7:46 pm

Finally tracked down and fixed a couple issues with photo upload in Micro.blog after recent server improvements. Everything should be working much better now.

→ 2018/06/11 10:33 am

Server upgrade went pretty smoothly. Photo uploads were disabled for about 10 minutes, but everything else stayed up. Improved profile photos to be a little more resilient as well.

→ 2018/06/09 12:23 am

Starting to convince myself that LeBron might have another great game in him. Sweeps in the finals are rare. Only twice in the last 20 years: Lakers/Nets and Spurs/Cavs, where LeBron’s team lost game 4 by 1 point. 🏀

→ 2018/06/08 6:37 pm

Going to take photo upload offline for a quick update tonight, midnight CST. The rest of Micro.blog will stay up including all hosted blogs.

→ 2018/06/08 5:26 pm

Of course I’m going to watch game 4 tonight, but I’m not really looking forward to it. The series could easily have been 2-1 tonight. Kind of ready for next season already. 🏀

→ 2018/06/08 4:41 pm

The past can be a bit of a blur, but I think this was my 20th time out to San Jose and San Francisco for WWDC. 1996, 1997, 2001-2018. Feel lucky to have seen the platforms change and the community grow. Still exciting.

→ 2018/06/07 3:38 pm