Email Newsletters that are worth subscribing too

Here’s a quick list of newsletters that are worth the time to read (this is just opinion, your mileage may vary)

  1. Macstories (Apple and iPad geekery, costs money)
  2. CJ Chilvers (the best from CJ’s blog on creating, life and stuff)
  3. Paul Jarvis (great entrepreneurial and creative advice from someone who does things “the wrong way” but it works)
  4. Austin Kleon (More creative insights and curiosities)
  5. Rohdesign Dispatch (great design and sketchnoting tips from the master)

I may come back and add to this

a different -kind of- writing process

  • Write 1st draft, it’s too long,
  • write second draft, it’s long,
  • write third draft, okay we’re getting somewhere, but maybe we need to start again,
  • write fourth draft, okay we’re heading in the right direction now.
  • Re-read fourth version, cut useless words, rephrase sections, cut a paragraph that isn’t needed, add a new one.

This is not my normal writing process. Normally I either write in one go and then edit or I write once, delete and then write again. This time I’m writing for someone else’s publication and there’s so much I could add. That’s what I realised on the second draft, I could say more. But the truth is, the reader wants something for them, they don’t care about the aspects I find interesting or the fine details. They want the interesting take away or idea for them.

That’s why I’m taking my time, and I’ve not even finished yet

Turtles all the way down

One of the things I’ve found really strange on the internet are the sort of “pyramid” schemes. You know, the internet marketer, who teaches you internet marketing, so you too can become an internet marketer, in internet marketing. Or the writer, who writes books, on how to write books…about writing books. Or the YouTuber who makes YouTube videos about how you can make YouTube videos. Obviously not everyone who does internet marketing or teachers internet marketing only does internet marketing or only has experience in this field, but there are plenty of other “fake it till you make it” folk, and it’s telling when they seem to produce people who do the exact same thing (just less successfully). I’ll add, that It’s also why I find the sketchnote community concerning sometimes. Some people only seem to share sketchnotes of how to sketchnote…and that’s pretty weird.

People give Evernote a lot of stick, but it’s improved a lot recently…well, it’s stopped bugging me about WorkChat…so that’s a massive improvement.

Thoughts On New iPads -> @ben makes some good points here about the orientation apple sees iPads being used in. Personally, I used my iPad Air in portrait more than my Pro because the Smart Keyboard can only be used in landscape. And that’s a shame.

Oh Hi there Micro.Blog

So after this week Mac Power users podcast I finally got round to signing up for Micro.Blog. I had been meaning to do so for a bit, especially after seeing people like Zsolt Benke at decoding using the service on their own site. However I wondered if I should use it on my own site or whatever. In the end, I signed up for a blog as I wanted to help support the service as well. Paying $5 seems like a good way to do so and solved my overthinking.

So why did I sign up in the first place.

My increasing announance at Social Media (twitter)

I’ve increasingly felt that social media is very “meh”. I hate what Facebook has become as it increasingly tried to grab my attention with cheap tricks and tracks everything I do (no matter if I try to stop that). Twitter too isn’t perfect with its lack of efforts to stop trolling and abuse.

My annoyance at blogging

Likewise I’m fed up of the “professional blogging culture”. There are so many “have tos” with blogging now like:
- write long posts - have links - be helpful - only show the good sides - no link posts - be on a single focus topic And so on and so on. All great advice if you want to make money, but as CJ Chilvers says

“one is a business model, one is a life model”

That’s what I’m hoping for in this site. Somewhere to play, somewhere to create and somewhere to be unprofessional.