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"Today's social networks are broken. Ads are everywhere. Hate and harassment are too common. Fake news spreads unchecked.

There's a better way: a network of independent microblogs. Short posts like tweets but on your own web site that you control. is a safe community for microblogs. A timeline to follow friends and discover new posts. Hosting built on open standards.

Use from the web or with native apps for iOS and macOS. Learn more about why I created"

[See also: "Why I created" ]
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2 hours ago by robertogreco
Micro.Wiki | Resources for Micro.Blog is groovy. This is a community index, champion’s enchiridion of all things NOTE! This is a community resource and is in no way officially tied to The bona fide documentation lives at (make sure not to miss the community guidelines).
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13 hours ago by fozbaca
Althouse: There was a lot of this sort of thing.
"but you can't know what the marrying minds are thinking. Is it wrong to look at the outward signs that there is a big disconnect between the spoken words and real person who is enduring the theatrical ritual?"

my comment at 8:52am

Ann's response at 9:17am
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4 days ago by actualitems
David C. Baker, on How to Develop Thought Leadership Content | Managing Editor
I think the main reason is because anybody that would hire you for whatever it is that you do for a living has the right to understand how deep your insight is and how you think, and longer pieces are how it’s going to happen. I feel like you also need to give away your thinking, and a lot of my clients and readers revolt at that idea of giving away thinking.

My thought is you’ve got to do that so they know how you think, and then their response is “What are you selling if you’ve already given away all your thinking?” The distinction in my mind is that you give away lots of insights for free, but then you charge a ridiculous amount of money to apply it to their situation. I hate sales so much that I want to qualify myself in a prospect’s mind without having to convince them of anything, and so I overdo the content thing.
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4 days ago by 1luke2
10 years of professional blogging - what I've learned at andrewchen
Titles are 80% of the work, but you write it as the very last thing. It has to be a compelling opinion or important learning
There’s always room for high-quality thoughts/opinions. Venn diagram of people w/ knowledge and those we can communicate is tiny
Writing is the most scalable professional networking activity – stay home, don’t go to events/conferences, and just put ideas down
Think of your writing on the same timescale as your career. Write on a multi-decade timeframe. This means, don’t just pub on Quora/Medium
Focus on writing freq over anything else. Schedule it. Don’t worry about building an immediate audience. Focus on the intrinsic.
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5 days ago by 1luke2
After 5 years and $3M, here's everything we've learned from building Ghost
About the product and engineering.

We spent a very long time trying to compete on convenience and simplicity. This was our biggest mistake and the hardest lesson to learn - because user feedback told us that this was what was most important. We deliberately limited flexibility in the product to try and make it more simple. But it ended up being still not simple enough for the average user, and not powerful or flexible enough for the professional user — the worst of both worlds.

So the biggest takeaway after 5 years is that we have been moving, and will continue to move up market, toward professional users who value power and flexibility over ease of signup. This is where we can win compared to the competition.

On being a fully remote team.

The stuff which is actually hard, nobody ever asks about. For instance: How do you know when someone is in a bad mood? How do you deal with loneliness? How do you foster camaraderie? How do you achieve urgency? How do you ever get to know people outside of work when you never spend time with them outside of work?

On being an open source product. An interesting observation about GitHub being too transactional between maintainers and contributors.

The least fun part of working on Ghost is dealing with Github, which is really sad.

Everyone has their pet issue, whether design or accessibility or security or internationalisation or performance or SEO or or or... the list goes on. Everyone thinks theirs is most important and that we should work on right now and they can't believe that we would ignore it. It's always absolutely outrageous.
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5 days ago by jefframnani

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