“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.