The Annoying Trend of Making Stuff About Making Stuff

One of the things that annoys me the most about the modern internet landscape is how much stuff is made about making stuff. Especially when it is the same form as the thing which is being made. - Blog posts about writing blog posts - Youtube Videos about making YouTube videos - Podcasts about podcasts (this is probably the least offender) I now wonder if this is part of the inherit nature of being an indie creator. If you become successful and go full time, then the thing you are making becomes your full time job. What else can you write about…except writing about running your job.

Of course, it’s not inevitable and I think the best online content avoids this pitfall. CGP Grey’s great videos aren’t about how he makes his videos, Amanda Palmer’s music isn’t about making music and Andy Weir wrote a great book about a man on mars on his blog.

My challenge to myself is to focus more on making things, and not making things about making things.

Imagine buying a WordPress theme with a “lifetime license”, now imagine not getting any updates in the last year and half after a few since it’s launch. NOW imagine there is a new version of that theme where you have to purchase a new “lifetime” license.

Krakow train station tonight 📸
Edited in darkroom for the iPad.

iPhone photography discovery of the day 📷

Darkroom lets you edit the background and foreground of a portrait mode separately. That’s cool. 68EAECAE-4F12-4BF5-8BFD-7B50CF3564FA.jpg

The digital divide is being flipped 🔗

The Digital Divide is Being Flipped - Seths Blog > Today, as digital tools get cheaper and more widespread, a new gap is appearing:

If a parent uses a tablet or a smartphone as a babysitter, it’s a lot easier to get a kid to sit still. As a result, parents who are busy, distracted or can’t afford to spend as much 1:1 time as they’d like are unknowingly encouraging their kids to become digital zombies, with a constant need for stimulation, who are being manipulated by digital overlords to click and click some more.

In the past in Europe, pale skin was seen as attractive, as people who were suntanned worked in the fields. Now, the reverse is true as it is a sign of not working to have travel abroad and obtained your tan. This digital situation reminds me of getting tanned, the element which distinguished you in the past was access to the internet, now it is being able to disconnect.

Also see Deep Work by Cal Newport (affiliate link)

I Checked Lightroom CC when it came out and wasn’t too impressed. Back then I was using an iPhone SE. I downloaded it this weekend on my iPhone Xs and with the combination of new camera and improvements, it’s really a lot better.

The whole “I’m passionate about the Oxford Comma” thing feels very cliche now. So my bio will have “No.1 em dash fan”

I’m really enjoying playing with the iPhone XS camera. It lets me take photos I couldn’t with the SE. Shot with Slow Shutter Cam

Colder weather means porter time. This is a Christmas porter. 1EA2A0BB-F78B-4CAB-89F3-6E04AE88380F.jpg

Any wireless charging recommendations for iPhone Xs? I’m looking at the Anker PowerPort 5, The Logitech Powered for iPhone looks the best…but that price.

“Being creative is not so much the desire to do something as the listening to that which wants to be done: The dictation of the materials” -Anni Alberts “Weaving in a college” via Austin Kleon’s Blog “The Dictation of the Materials”

Read the whole thing, you won’t regret it.

Finally got my iPhone XS in a semi set state. Still moving a couple of items around by this is my homescreen for now. Might add this to my now page 🤔

It’s a public holiday here in Poland so I took my daughter down to the graduation tower connected to Wieliczka salt mine.

In addition to Veterans Day and Armistice day, November 11 is Polish Independence Day. Prior to the end of the First World War, Poland had faced 123 years under foreign rule.

Morning coffee in krakow. The sign says “coffee is essential”

Where are the fresh blogging opinions 🔗

Daring Fireball: Dan Frakes Goes to Apple as Mac App Store Editor > Cross linking between blogs has nearly dried up. It’s almost impossible to find new opinions because everyone links to the same three websites, like I’m doing now.

A lot of voices have moved on to podcasting. Frankly, as someone that also podcasts, it’s easier and there’s less accountability than with blogging. Today, I also see a lot of thoughtful people writing on Discord groups. There’s little value in blogging unless you just like to practice writing in public.

This is one of those articles that starts discussing one issue, but the commentary actually is far more interesting than the inital discussion (In my opinion at least). I wonder how accurate Gabe’s prognosis is (that new voices are podcasting). While I see truth in this, I also think one of the issues is that online writing has become quite formulaic and people simply copy others ideas without offering something fresh. No one could be a full time blogger in the early days of online writing, now there are a host of them (and companies that employ writers) who’s opinions are well regarded. I’ve started (and stopped) following some new writers as I realised they were just repeating others points. At the same time, I have discovered fresh voices who offer something unique. - Rose Orchard - Denny Henke - Zsolt Benke - Greg Morris - Andy Nicolaides Admittedly some of those same voices also use their litteral voices for podcasts too, but that doesn’t stop the fact that they are adding their unique writing voice. Really, it’s not that writing is in decline, it’s that more writers are also professional podcasters.

Spark Email showing me a new feature with a dismiss button of “Thank You” I’m both impressed at the clever copy hack of getting people to say thank you to build connection and annoyed that I’m being forced to say thank you.