Advice for Blogging Successfully

Although I forget it, sometimes, the following video is probably the single best piece of advice for better blogging. Watch the video: Cory Docotorow - How to be an Uber Blogger Attention and time are scarce while content is plentiful. "If you write it they'll read" cannot, thus, be true of blogging. Interesting and important content is interesting, but success lies in managing the attention economy and focusing on output that is easy to read and easy to skim.…

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Update Rhythm

I wonder if, at some point, this constant state of overload and flux in my world will begin to seem normal and I'll just adjust to that normal. In the mean time, exciting things are happening and I'm not quite sure of the best way to write about them. Perhaps soon. For now, I'm trying to get better about updating more regularly and I have a bunch of links of stuff that have happened on the wiki in the past couple of weeks that I'd like to share.…

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Wiki Fiction and Critical Futures

I'm starting preliminary development on a wiki fiction project that will eventually take over the criticalfutures.com domain. This post is a discussion of that history, my idea, and what I hope to accomplish. My friend Julia and I have been corresponding on topics related to the future of publishing and genre fiction for a few weeks. When the topic turned to wikis, I spouted off the things I usually say about bootstrapping wiki participation (it's hard and pretty lonely,) then I had an idea.…

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And Then I Broke Down and Got a Tablet

Ok, I caved and got a tablet. This is a post about my experiences with the tablet and some general thoughts on the format. I opted for the Motorola Xoom. It's an Android device, I appreciate the Motarola build quality, and I'm very pleased with my choice. First impressions first: Reading on the tablet is great. I have a Kindle, and while I respect how lightweight the Kindle is itself. Despite the extra weight, the slightly larger screen and the back light is very very nice and very welcome.…

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New Sweater

This post comes in two parts: an update on the current knitting project and an introduction to a new sweater that I've started recently. See the Ideal Sweater and Sweater Stories posts for more information on my current thinking about knitting and writing. Current Sweater: Gray and Black I've been trying to write an update on my current knitting, but to be honest I'd rather be knitting than writing little updates and taking picture of the thing that I'm knitting.…

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Science Fiction Reading Progress

I've been mentioning what I've been reading as part of my weekly "accomplishment" posts, but I wanted to take the opportunity to write a slightly longer review and reflection of some recent reading. After delaying for far too long, I've finally gotten through the April/May issue of Asimov's. There are probably all sorts of reasons why double issues make a lot of sense for publishers, but I have to say that I find them a bit grueling to read.…

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Micro-Entrepreneurship, Good Enough, and Crowd Sourcing

I read this post by one of the partners in one of the coolest web services around, you should open that in a new window and then come back. Back? Great! Lars, proposes crowd-funding as a way to support free software development. Basically, run a "sponsor me to develop stuff" program, but rather than fund free software as a start-up around a single project or work for a big vendor.…

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