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I had this idea several years ago that I should repost comments I make around the internet here. I think Kottke had started doing it though he mostly stopped. I never did it more then once but I certainly regret not doing it more. I would have liked to have had that history here.

Sites like Medium are all the rage now and I have not had much interest in posting there. For me when content feels more ephemeral I’m more willing to give it away and Medium feels just like blogging but without the content ownership.

Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr is where the conversation is happening and it feels like a conversation. Mostly short responses that are apart of a larger context. Posting them here wouldn’t even make sense out of context and posting them here removes them from the conversation which is the only reason to post them in the first place.

Some parts of the internet, I think, are starting to encourage longer responses though. Idea Channel, like I just posted below, has build an amazing community partly due to youtube’s longer comment length but also due to so many being called out in the last few minutes of the show.

When I look back on my childhood I can barely remember what I did or liked or watched and I kind of hate that. This site should be that log of what I did and liked. Lets see if I can once again start posting stuff here that is less for others and more for future me. Because I want future me to remember this stuff better then I am usually able to.

Matt Mullenweg is, in general, the nicest person in the world and if you can actually find a point of contention with him then you are doing something wrong.

The old phrase was:

“Never argue with a man who buys ink by the gallon.” (luckily women who bought ink that way were still fair game :P)

The new phrase should be:

“Never start an argument with someone who buys bandwidth by the gigabyte.”

Though as bandwidth prices drop this will eventually just become:

“Never start an argument with someone.”

So sad but I can’t wait.

Not only does the craigslist blog not have an RSS feed I’m about 90% sure they just hand code it. The comments are just a new forum section. What exactly do their programmers do over there?

The auto update plugin feature in wordpress 2.5 is awesome. Webapps are starting to get much closer to desktop apps.

Chyrp looks like a great light weight blogging tool ala tumbler. I’ve been moving my site over to a tumble like interface for a while now but it definitely feel like a hack in wordpress with custom fields all over the place. I’m considering jumping over but I’ll need to a bit more research if I can import old wordpress posts and mirror the same URL structure.

Intense Debate seems like a cool new service. You can install it on your site as a commenting system to replace the default system in popular systems like blogger and wordpress. It seems to integrate pretty well with the ability to import and export comments and just a lot of work was put in to not seem like a silo stealing your information.

The functionality seems a little over kill for small site like mine but I do like the benefit of knowing more about who is leaving comments. I can’t see my self being an early adopter but if this catches on and tons of people use it I would not be opposed to setting it up.

Sure it’s a popularity contest but the competition for Best Blog Design at the Blogger’s Choice Awards is pretty thin. The Design community needs to jump in and show them who’s boss. (vote for me! Ick.. clearly it’s using alexa’s old cashed image of my site)

I had the link blog for awhile, but nobody read it
Rafe Colburn

Alot of people seem to have the problem of feeling uncomfortable in thier blog. They enjoy it but it always seems as if something stands in the way of making it as quick as it should be. has basically become link blogs for the masses but it’s just one kind of filter.

A while ago Jason did a kind of overview of the two different types of bloggers.

It really seems like the two kinds of blogging are fundamentally different.

journal-style bloggers like the open text field to write in and communities like livejournal and vox.

filter-style bloggers have tried to live in their world of open text boxes but lately there has been a lot of movement toward really looking at filter-bloggers closer.

Tumblr is a great example of facilitating easy and fast filtering. It really makes my wordpress install feel like it’s dragging it’s feet.

It’s odd watching this functionality come around so slow. Eyebeam started reblogging back in 2003 but th interface was so awkward no one seem to use it beyond eyebeam (a great blog by the way).

Some how I doubt Tumblr will be the last word on the topic. Being a filter blogger myself I hope for some sort of killer app that lets me integrate my current content.

I remember the moveable type fall out (when I started blogging) and all those apps to port your posts from MT to WP. I’ll definitely need something like that to convince me to switch in the end.

Andre Torrez builds an amazing way to add links to your blog with out all that messy automation. I’m hoping this solution works as well for me as I hope it does.

Hello. I’m Stefan and you’ve been reading my website. According to my stats I almost have 50 readers and beyond one or two of them I have no idea who you are?

I love knowing who stops by. Trey Piepmeier, TangognaT, and Keri Adams are probably all I know who stop by.

If you check this site even only once in a while you should comment below. Let me know who you are and what you like and I’ll be sure to help you find some some awesome stuff online.

Google’s RSS Reader has just gotten a major update to function a lot more like a standard RSS reader. I have to say I’m highly impressed. They have a lot of work to do to convince me to move from Bloglines but I am very interested so far. I’ll hopefully give a more comprehensive review this weekend.

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists have a cool news section of their site that they often update with not only news but commentary as well. Yes that’s right they have a make shift blog but with no frills. And that means no RSS feed.

No RSS feed? I’m supposed to visit the web site? forget that! I’ve gone through the trouble to make an RSS feed for them:

Ted Leo RSS Feed

John Gruber thinks Google Analytics will kill Mint like Google Calendar killed Kiko.The problem is Calendar/Kiko were both for the masses while Mint was always built for small niche (A niche with high design taste and disposable income). Google Analytics will never win over the people using Mint.