Monthly Archives: January 2018

Core Int 313 and bonus episode

We posted Core Intuition episode 313:

Daniel and Manton talk about digging oneself out of customer support debt, and strategies for improving the efficiency of support mechanisms. They react to Appleโ€™s disabling of free In-App-Purchases, and speculate about whether it was intentional or not. This leads them into a re-evaluation about the risks of selling on the App Stores, and the lure of selling directly to customers.

And just for subscribers, Extra Intuition episode 4, with Daniel and I talking about cryptocurrency and my experience trying to cash out.

Posted a new version of for Mac with a few recent fixes. “Check for Updates” to get the latest.

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Bummed to have to return my Nissan Leaf today, which I’ve been leasing for the last few years. Great little car. Going to go without an extra car for a little while, but the next one’s gotta be electric.

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Interview on Colin Devroe’s blog

Colin Devroe interviewed me about

Yesterday I volleyed back and forth via email with Manton Reece, the founder and creator of is in that same relatively early stage where new features are released with regularity, where the community is growing steadily, and where the users have the strongest voice.

I’m happy with how the interview turned out. It’s one of the best summaries of what we’re trying to do with, all in one place. Hope you like it.

Not a good week for uptime. Most of the maintenance went smoothly (just a few minutes) but an unrelated problem had parts of the service down early this morning. Hosted blogs were not effected. We’ll do better in the future.

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Fred Wilson, via @cdevroe:

Internet Two is closed platforms that increasingly dominate the market and own and control our content and us. We need to get to Internet Three where we take back control of ourselves. It is high time for that to happen.

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Fewer conferences

Responding to a post by Chris Adamson about iOS conferences, Marco Arment notes that podcasts and YouTube have partially replaced the need to sit in a room and listen to someone give a talk:

Podcasts are a vastly more time-efficient way for people to communicate ideas than writing conference talks, and people who prefer crafting their message as a produced piece or with multimedia can do the same thing (and more) on YouTube. Both are much easier and more versatile for people to consume than conference talks, and they can reach and benefit far more people.

It can’t be overstated how important it is to meet people face to face in our community. I forgot to mention this: I’ll be attending Peersconf in Austin this April. This’ll be a new conference experience for me and I’m looking forward to it.

I got an ink stamp made for my return address when sending out stickers. Just think it looks cool.

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Update on microblogging with WordPress

I wrote a short guide on microblogging with WordPress over a year before was opened to Kickstarter backers. A few things have changed since then, so it’s time for an update.

There’s now a long introduction to WordPress and over at Parts of it are taken from my upcoming book, Indie Microblogging. Iโ€™m wrapping up the book for the first part of 2018 and will likely sell it online for anyone who missed the Kickstarter.

Share to and new apps

Two great feed readers added support for this week: Evergreen and Feedbin. Evergreen is still in beta but improving quickly. Feedbin is a mature, well-designed RSS reader and sync service.

Here’s Brent Simmons announcing the support in Evergreen:

This is hugely important. RSS readers exist not to just make reading easy but to make the web a conversation.

And Ben Ubois on the Feedbin blog writing about the new Feedbin sharing, including some thoughtful words for what we’re trying to do with is good for blogging, because it acts as sort of gateway-drug into that habit. Say you start off just using it for Twitter-like microposts, but then you realize you have more you want to say. detects the length of your post and prompts you to add a title, turning that post into a full-fledged blog post.

Support from Evergreen and Feedbin represent the start of a new wave of third-party support for There are other third-party iOS apps and even an Android app in development, including Micron for iOS in public beta now. There’s also a command-line tool for the API called speck.

Thanks for the support, everyone. If you haven’t tried yet, there’s a lot of activity in the community and in new apps. Now is a good time to join.

Cooollld morning in Austin. I woke up at 4am and fixed the servers, then back to bed. Coffee and email catch-up now, wondering if we’ll get any snow today. โ„๏ธ

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Apologies for the downtime. I had added another server to smooth over the outage… but it also failed. (If your Mac app crashed, no need to report it. Should be fixed in the next update.)

→ 2018/01/16 4:13 am

Need to take a couple of the servers down for Meltdown security updates at 1am CST. I’m sorry for the downtime, and hope to learn from this to minimize it in the future. Hosted blogs will remain up.

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Micro Monday: @bitdepth. I love seeing the beautiful photos that people post to, and Chris has had some great ones over the last few months: snow, nature, landscapes, food, and more.

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Dave Winer is starting a project to collect feeds for journalists. Feels like there may be an opportunity for to help with this, but I’m not sure how it fits together yet.

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Unbelievable end to that game. Saints had the comeback right in their hands, and then… Wow. ๐Ÿˆ

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