Elsewhere, recently, blogging

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Remember when I remembered blogging? Hard to believe that was almost four months ago, but there it is. Meanwhile…

Here’s what I did after I posted that real live actual blog post on my blog here at ryansholin.com:

  1. I wrote a Medium post from my phone. It was about Sleater-Kinney and writing and content management systems. And about writing on phones. (Not too long after, Medium updated lots of features, including their mobile writing/editing screens, so some of this was happily and quickly made totally invalid.)
  2. I wrote a Kinja post from my phone. It was about tacos and emoji and terrible garbage data. And writing on phones.
  3. I wrote a Tumblr post from my phone. It was about beach vacations and long books and reading habits. And writing on phones.
  4. That aforementioned Medium update happened, and in the process of trying it out, I wrote a “brief” guide to things like Apple News and Facebook Instant Articles and Google AMP and the stuff Medium was launching and it was “fun,” but also actual publishing labor. I can’t remember if I drafted any part of this on my phone, but maybe.
  5. Writing in Medium was remarkably pleasant, and they’re proving to be a really powerful platform for driving engagement with push notifications, at least until everyone gets annoyed and turns them off, and also we’ve been listening to the Hamilton cast album non-stop (get it?), so I wrote a thing about what Product Managers can learn from Hamilton the Musical. And that really was fun, no scare quotes.

An aside: ALSO OTHER THINGS ARE HAPPENING.

Anyway, that’s what I’ve been writing about. More to come. Medium has been fun.

One new development related to all these thoughts about content management systems for actual writing: WordPress is doing something lots of people are doing, moving to fancy modern node.js frameworks for publishing tools, not just for what I would usually call reader-facing UX.

As a matter of fact, even though I don’t quite understand how this works, I’m typing this very blog post in what I have to assume is the new node.js powered framework on WordPress.com, which hopefully is going to publish as intended on ryansholin.com, which still runs using the standard latest dot-org build.

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Author: Ryan Sholin

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2 thoughts on “Elsewhere, recently, blogging”

  1. This is where I leave my obligatory “I still read blogs” comment.

    Although: I’ve also been spending a lot more time in Medium. They have almost successfully privatized the sense of community that early 2000’s blogging provided me.

  2. “…privatized the sense of community…” is dark, but true. Trackbacks! Comments! I mean, to be fair, these are literally some of the same people who built Blogspot!

    Related: There’s been a Medium email in my inbox all Thanksgiving week, because it had a good headline about product management. When I finally opened it today, it’s there because you recommended it, Dave.

    Which leads to the old adage: BLOGS ARE MADE OF PEOPLE. Peeeeeeople!

    Platforms are just a means of connection; people are what we’re connecting.

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