Medium is Disappointing

Medium is such a dumpster fire. 2/3 of the screen on mobile is now filled with promotional junk for things no one actually wants.

Max Masnick, PhD

I have the same frustration with Medium. If I search result turns up a Medium post it is so hard to reach without logging in that I often give up. This is a shame because I think the interface, once logged in, is beautiful. The writing experience is also attractive, simple and intuitive. I no longer consider Medium part of the Open Web.


On the Value of the Open Web

Anil Dash, the CEO of Glitch, on the importance of the open web:

Every day, millions of people rely on independent websites that are mostly created by regular people, weren’t designed as mobile apps, connect deeply to culture, and aren’t run by the giant tech companies. These are a vision of not just what the web once was, but what it can be again.

If we’re going to build a new web, and a new internet, that respects our privacy and security, that doesn’t amplify abuse and harassment and misinformation, we’re going to need to imagine models of experiences and communities that could provide a better alternative. There’s not going to be a “Facebook killer”. But there could simply be lots of other sites, that focus on a different, more constructive and generative, set of goals.


Why Blog?

I love reading about what motivates people to blog.

Jack Baty explains that he blogs to share a few notes about what he’s thinking right now:

I’m just putting things here for my future self, mostly. If people occasionally stumble across something interesting or helpful here, all the better.

Baty, a web designer in Michigan, has been a blogging since 2000.


On Blogging Preferences

Long-time blogger Rob Fahrni explains why he moved his blog from WordPress to

When you add a post you get a simple text entry field, you can add an optional title, and pick a category if you’d like. This is all I really need in a blog. 

Fahrni has been blogging since 2001. He started on Blogger and then moved to WordPress. He prefers the speed of static websites rather than sites like WordPress that generate pages when a reader hits the site. is a new social network for independent microblogs. A shows recent posts from sites and people you are following. posts are short — quick thoughts, links to web sites, and replies to friends. It’s a fast timeline that’s powered by RSS and the open web. It’s founder is Manton Reece who now blogs on

I have had thoughts like Fahrni’s about the right blogging platform for me. Although I appreciate the speed of static site generators, I also like the many features WordPress offers including the ability to easily embed YouTube videos and set up an email list. WordPress also has great mobile apps that let me draft and edit posts on the go.

I also am a member of the community. It’s a wonderful place. However, I have yet to find a way to save a draft post or edit an existing post from a mobile app. And embedding YouTube videos would I think run counter to the goal of keeping micro blogging simple.

So I am in both the WordPress and communities. This is my main blog. I cross-post to and post short things there as well. I like then both. This is a work in progress.


What is blogging? – Colin Walker

So, what is blogging?

I always return to Dave Winer’s “unedited voice of a person” with the caveat that it should be free from self-editing as well as external. There are always going to some things we won’t, or shouldn’t, put online but second guessing ourselves in order to fit an agenda or image is as much to blame for losing that spontaneity.

There is a place for focused long form but the honesty of the personal blog should not be sacrificed at its altar.
— Read on


Blogging for the joy of sharing

Kirk Tuck is a superb Austin photographer and a long-time blogger. He recently decided to eliminate ads from his blog:

After writing a lot this year and cutting out almost all links back to commercial sites and commercial products I realized that I never really wanted the blog to exist in order to provide any sort of financial return beyond perhaps having a potential client stumble across the writing and taking a chance by hiring me. 

I think it will be refreshing to just write about, and discuss photography (and swimming, etc.) without the idea that we need to buy more stuff or review stuff in order to have a nice dialogue. I hope you feel the same. 

No more ads here. No more subtle suggestion that it’s time to……upgrade, improve the inventory or just get a buying adrenaline dose. We’ll just keep writing and reading about life in photography and everything I like around the edges.

This post takes me back to my original attraction to blogs and blogging. It was one person sharing what he or she likes with others for the joy of it. It was people helping people. The word “monetization” did not exist.

Anyone could read without joining something like Facebook or Medium. There were no ads. I love the open web.

I often read that affiliate links don’t sway the writer’s opinion. I am skeptical. I figure anyone who posts an affiliate link hopes readers will click on it and buy something. I wonder if the affiliate link has an impact on the writing. I especially think this is a big issue on YouTube.

I want to thank Kirk for his post and for his fine blog. His first post appeared on January 26, 2009, over ten years ago. I always look forward to his posts.

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