Cleaning Up Workflows

Thanks to the release of Shortcuts, I cleared out about 70% of my old Workflows in preparation. There were about two or three groups. 1. Workflows I just never use. In some cases the apps went away or their functionality was replaced with iOS improvements. 2. Workflows I replaced with better ones 3. Workflows I downloaded to see what the creator had done even though I had no use for them. At the same time I also moved my most used workflows to the top of the app and organized some of the workflows near similar ones. I.e. I have a book review and movie review workflow for DayOne, they are next to each other now along with other DayOne workflows.

I could have done this at any time but this was the prompt I needed. Maybe I’ll make this a regular thing especially with the experiments I’ve been doing.

I finally moved from TextExpander legacy to a subscription. I’ve had issues with syncing snippets for a while and yet I use this tool so often it’s worth paying for its support.

Should We Stop Listening to Podcasts? — CJ Chilvers 🔗

Should We Stop Listening to Podcasts? — CJ Chilvers

When you mention time and attention theft, most creators think of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (which I call Facebook II). They usually don’t think about Youtube or podcasts, which have the same issues: the ad model and all its abuses to the listener, and the lack of quality in favor of burn-out-inducing “consistency” and quantity (something that is also tied to the ad model).

I recently cut the number of podcast I listen to for similar reasons. With exceptions, podcast tend towards entertainment over content. I don’t think there is anything inherently wrong with that. It’s good to switch off and be entertained from time to time but not all the time. Still greater intentionality is always good, as is protecting your attention.

Really excited to be finally downloading shortcuts. Let’s see what this baby can do!

Emulsify Camera from Sean Harding (Like shooting black and white film)

Emulsify Camera

I’ve tested this app by @sharding for a couple of weeks and it’s not like your typical iPhone camera app. It isn’t feature rich but it has strong opinions. It is influenced by the classic experience of shooting black and white film, with two iconic film simulations, but does so in a non typical way. Most camera apps aim to show you want you are going to see in the end result, Emulsify recreates the unpredictability of film in that you see things in colour before getting your Black and white results. This means you have to train your eye a bit to think about shades and tone and not just colour differences. It’s a very different camera app experience that I suspect some won’t like, but personally I’m hooked. That’s perhaps less surprising considering the amount of black and white film I’ve been burning through recently. Now I just need to get a new iPhone to test the camera on that…you know…to help Sean.

Since Apple Pay (finally) came to Poland I’ve been really pleased with it, espeically on the watch. But the last week or two has shown me how great Apple Pay on the Web is. It’s much easier than many other systems. ( Need to remember the danger of ease leading to spending more).

I’d rather be a blogger – Paul Jarvis 🔗

I’d rather be a blogger

I just think one of the main reasons that the internet took off like it did from the late–90s onward was that people could finally have a voice, regardless of whether or not that voice drove clicks and views. No need to go through gatekeepers like print publications, book publishers, etc… we could just write something and hit publish. Now our voices are collectively passed through the values of content marketing and growth-hacking.

I probably could have linked to Paul’s whole article but what’s the point in that. So instead I quoted the part I found most inspiring. It’s a really great take on the difference between blogging and content marketing. This hit me hard as I’ve done a lot of “contentting” and not that much blogging until I came on Micro.blog…it’s good to be blogging.