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The best way to blog in 2020

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It’s not 2020 yet, but Ben Werdmüller shares great advice of how to blog in 2020. It’s a great article for everyone thinking about starting a blog. He tells which platform to use and how to get into writing. Here’s what [Blogging is] not: professional article writing. If you want to go through multiple rounds of editing, please do. If you want to write two thousand word epics about your topic of choice, please do.

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Blogging workflow

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Manton Reece, the creator of micro.blog, writes about his blogging workflow. He uses many different ways to post to his blog depending on what he wants to publish. One of the things I’m most proud of with Micro.blog is that the API supports standards so you can use a variety of different apps for posting. There are so many different types of blogs out there, there shouldn’t just be one way to post.

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You choose the web you want

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Wise words by Brent Simmons: You choose the web you want. But you have to do the work. A lot of people are doing the work. You could keep telling them, discouragingly, that what they’re doing is dead. Or you could join in the fun. Again: you choose.

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Website statistics and the influence of numbers

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Yesterday I found this article by Garrett Dimon about “Quitting Analytics”. What over a decade of number-crunching analytics has taught me is that spending an hour writing, sharing, or helping someone is infinitely more valuable than spending that hour swimming through numbers. Moreover, trying to juice the numbers almost invariably divorces you from thinking about customers and understanding people. I think better don’t let yourself get influenced by numbers when it isn’t absolutely necessary.

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Happy 25th year, blogging!

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According to this article by John Naughton on The Guardian, the first serious blog, Dave Winer’s blog Scripting News1, was born 25 years ago. I want to highlight two things from this article (but you should read the whole article, everything not highlighted is interesting too): 1. Blogging doesn’t need monetization. Although I didn’t sell a company to Symantec, like Dave Winer did, I blog without showing ads on my site.

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