<h5><a href="http://whatever.scalzi.com/2016/06/11/how-blogs-work-today/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Interesting read from John Scalzi</a></h5>

Needless to say – I agree – and always have.

I also still very strongly recommend that creative people keep their own blogs, preferably with their own domains, for the simple reason that no matter what happens to Facebook or Twitter or whatever, your blog will be someplace your fans and other interested folks will always be able to find you. I’ve owned Scalzi.com for 18 years, and run Whatever for nearly as long, on just this principle. This has been enough time to see the fall of several once invincible social networks, starting with AOL and moving forward from that once-mighty organization.



            'Brexit' is just one of the 5 things that <strong><span style="color: #800000;">caught my eyes and ears</span></strong> this past week that I wanted to share with you.


2016 is not turning out so well for great artists. Particularly those androgynous ones. Old news now, but Prince of course died on the 21st. So of course, I found a couple of great performances.

First, an awesome solo while on stage with Winwood, Petty and Lynn while paying homage to Harrison.  This is a great backstory to the performance.

And then, let’s not forget his amazing performance of Purple Rain in the pouring rain at Super Bowl XLI, with some commentary from stage management to give you some context.

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            I sometimes comment in this blog on why I write. The readership is not large, the topics are varied, there isn't a real connected theme. (Yet.) BUT. Write it I do. For me. For the moment. I am slowly building an email circulation list that anyone can subscribe to. More of that when the lists hits 1,000.<!--more-->

Nice to read this from Brad Feld of the Foundry Group. He started writing his blog in 2004 and I am pretty sure I have been reading him since then. I discovered him through his cousin Kenny who back in those days was part of EDS – where I also happened to be doing some work.

Brad’s reasons for why he started his blog ….

… as I was doing it – like Fred (Wilson) often said – to help me think out loud in public, learn about different things, and get a conversation going around topics I was interested in. In retrospect, it was also helping me “practice writing” and without all the practice, it’s unlikely I would have ever gotten in the rhythm of writing a book a year.

Not got to the book yet, but the reasoning makes perfect sense. I always write to clear my head and articulate my thoughts. My blog is just just my way of doing what I have always done, but in a public forum. Thank you Brad, the thoughts are with me – like here and here.

[ Source : Feld Thoughts ]

            9 Draft Posts sitting on this site waiting for me to finish them and release them into the wild world.

9 entries sitting in my blog catalogue from yesterday – while I work out if they will make it into my Blog Post Ideas file.

21 Blog Post ideas already sitting in myBlog Post Ideas file, while I decide if there is value I can add to the story, or if it is interesting enough just to release as a ‘well now – there’s interesting’ kind of post.

The more I get behind, the more impressed I am by the writers who not only keep their posting rate going at the rate they do, but with the level of quality that they achieve. Impressive.

            <a href="https://thegrid.io/#8068"><img class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-3346" src="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/fractals-150x150.jpg" alt="fractals" width="150" height="150" /></a>Someone followed this link yesterday and signed up - so I thought I would promote The Grid again through this blog - very much looking forward to getting my hands on it .... <a href="https://thegrid.io/#8068" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">you can too if you follow through on this link</a>       

            <a href="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/blogsy.jpeg"><img src="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/blogsy-150x150.jpg" alt="blogsy" width="150" height="150" class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-1149" /></a>Happy to report that it is up and running again ... Life is about to get more interesting.       

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I was sorting out some old ‘notes to self’ and came across the quote at the bottom of the post. No attribution – but I liked it – and obviously I liked it at the time – which is why I saved it.

Thanks to the power of the interwebs – I found the source … and it was written when Brent Simmons sold NetNewswire to Black Pixel back in 2011.

I still track Brent and his writings – part of the cadre of thinking ‘renaissance people’ that I trip across as I wander through life.

Funny – looking at the date, it will be 2 years – very soon – and just a month later Google will be shutting Reader down. So it got me to wondering what NetNewswire will do at that point.

Here is the start of the answer

Of all the many, many things I’ve learned in the past nine years, it’s that the best part isn’t money or winning awards or the small fame that comes with a successful app, it’s when people write to say they love the software.

            When the dust settles I really need to get my head around Dave Winer's River .....

Read his latest article here

I just love this quote;

We are not making blogging tools. We are making software for creative people — writers, designers and programmers. Inevitably that means it will connect to blogging systems, because blogs are fixtures in the world of 2013 and beyond.

Oh – and by the way …. “phew”