Analog Senses's 10th anniversary

Josh Ginter links to a post from Álvaro Serrano about his blog turning ten years old. I haven’t read this blog myself, but I am familiar with Serrano’s name. But what caught my attention was Josh’s comments: The whole digital reality of this little group takes a backseat every few years when we get to see each other, but that digital divide has a stigma… it’s like we’re not allowed to call each other our best friends, because of it. But just you writing it that way helps pull down that divide. I really appreciate…

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Into the personal-website-verse

Matthias Ott is another person making a fresh plea for people to ditch social media and publishing platforms like Medium for a much more promising and healthy technology: There is one alternative to social media sites and publishing platforms that has been around since the early, innocent days of the web. It is an alternative that provides immense freedom and control: The personal website.Hear, hear. Not only does he share why running your own site is good, but he takes it a further step and suggests how to improve the overall ecosystem of the web. Quote and link the…

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The value of owning your own domain

We all have those people we follow online that we admire. The people who get us excited when their site pops up in our RSS feed reader, or when they share a link to their site on Twitter. For me, Craig Mod is at the top of that list. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about people making their own home on the web. Not on places like Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. You can achieve success there, but it never feels to me like I’m getting a fuller picture of the person behind the persona. However,…

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My favourite reads from 2017

As we got closer to the end of the year, I wanted to take a moment to share the articles that inspired me the most. They cover a few of my favorite topics, ones that are discussed here regularly but are worth revisiting often. Note: these are not all written in 2017, but it is when I read them How I got my attention backThe Daily Plan BarWhy walking helps us thinkThe Top 3 Most Effective Ways to Take Notes While ReadingThe magic of microcopyAlexa, make my kids more self-sufficientHow and why to keep a “commonplace book”Have Smartphones Destroyed…

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Have smartphones destroyed a generation?

This article paints a scary picture. As a father of 4 young ones for whom “screen time” is a highlight of each day, I have a lot of trepidation on the entire topic. It’s a longer read, but the essence of it is that despite being safer during the teen years than most generations before them, teens today have a higher rate of mental illness. I found the article well written, with the author eschewing the need to wax nostalgic: To those of us who fondly recall a more analog adolescence, this may seem foreign and troubling. The aim…

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The IRL fetish

In another piece I can’t quite agree with, Nathan Jurgenson opines that we’ve turned being offline into a fetish. And a not-so-very-useful one. He starts by describing the current state of things: Fueled by such insights into our lost “reality,” we’ve been told to resist technological intrusions and aspire to consume less information: turn off your phones, log off social media, and learn to reconnect offline. We should go out into the “real” world, lift our chins, and breathe deep the wonders of the offline …But then he lists how this is a problem. We’ve made…

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