Well I would say that, wouldn't I.
I'm referring to a recent edition of Jason Kottke and Tim Carmody's Noticing newsletter.
Jason asked Noticing readers to send in links to their blogs and newsletters, or their favourite blogs and newsletters written by someone else, and as he says:
My inbox exploded with replies. I couldn't include all (or even most!) of the links I got, but below is a good sampling representative of the types of blogs and newsletters I received.
It's a great list, and I'll be adding a few of them to my RSS feeds.
There's also a fantastic quote from Kari about why she writes:
I also keep it out of spite, because I refuse to let social media take everything. Those shapeless, formless platforms haven't earned it and don't deserve it. I've blogged about this many times, but I still believe it: When I log into Facebook, I see Facebook. When I visit your blog, I see you.
This place feels more like me than any other platform I use out there.
In a world where publishing is expensive, the act of publishing is also a statement of quality -- the filter comes before the publication. In a world where publishing is cheap, putting something out there says nothing about its quality. It's what happens after it gets published that matters. If people don't point to it, other people won't read it.
Clay Shirky, in a marvellous essay on ontologies, categorisation, links and tagging.
Sorry things have been so quiet round here recently, but Heather and myself have been busting ourselves stupid trying to get the new version of Scarleteen finished (more on that when it launches). We're not quite done yet but at least the end is in site.
Anyhow, the reason for this post (apart from the apology) is to point out a fantastic article on Matt Haughey's new site, Fortuitous, Some Community Tips for 2007 - Seven tips on how to run a successful community.
Every year or so I write a long post or do a presentation at a conference on the subject of community. Each time I approach the subject, I take what I've already written and add to it with recent things I've learned or learned long before and only recently realized. To prepare for an upcoming presentation, I decided to write down stuff I've learned/realized in the last 12 months. I suspect I'll be revisiting this topic many times on this blog but I wanted to kick off this first foray into community with a list of stuff I've been thinking about recently, but haven't written much about yet.
Matt is the founder of Metafilter (amongst other things) so when he offers up tips about running an online community, you'd better make sure you're taking notes.
Ze Frank has posted a list of the most popular shows.
Below is a small collection of popular entry points into the 250 episodes of the show. Some are silly, some are sad and some might not make much sense until you dig around a bit.
And if that's not enough, there's also the sportsracer wiki top 50.
What happens when signage decides it wants to say something else... haunting.
Incredibly comprehensive list of keyboard shortcuts in OS X. Some of these I already knew, but there's a whole load I had no idea even existed. Using Option-Apple-drag to force a program to open the dragged item has already become a massive timesaver.
Useful info for keyboard jockeys everywhere.
Hat tip: Lifehacker
I've been playing around with reddit as a filter for news (triggered by Gus Mueller's brief post about dissatisfaction with slashdot and digg) and came across this fantastically weird and surreal comic by Randall Munroe.
(If someone could explain this one to me I'd be most grateful. It's been a while since I've done any chemistry)
Well worth adding to your daily feeds.