Blogrolls are the best artifacts of the Early World Wide Web. Or Weird Wide Web if you like. As you would look at someone’s collection of books or vinyl, the same goes for blogrolls. It gives the reader, the digital wanderer, more avenues and alleyways (thank you Rancid) to discover.

I follow over 200 personal blogs in my RSS reader. Some people’s blogs I’ll read every post, some I’ll skim, some I keep to glance over post titles to see what is going in that person’s world.

I wish there was an easy way to keep a webpage in sync with the OPML file in my reader. The thought of manually keeping my blogroll in sync with my feed would be too time consuming. Though maybe it would be a fun project to post about 3-5 blogs I follow every week. Then again, I already share blogs and posts that interest me on my blog and it might be too redundant.

It has been so long, I do not remember if this was the logo. It’s been more than six months since Reddit cut off Apollo, and I’m fine with that. At first, I did go through a significant amount of withdrawal because Reddit provided me with an endless supply of new things to look into.

I think the biggest thing I miss about using Reddit were the amazing FAQ and Wiki pages some subreddits had. Whenever I had something I wanted to know more about, the first thing I would do is visit the subreddit and instantly have access to tons of well curated information by real people (which is unfortunately becoming a much rarer thing on the internet these days).

I’m an infrequent user of Discord, but I do hop in there from time to time checking in on various communities I’ve joined that are hosted there…But the new ability in macOS Sonoma to add any website to the Dock as a web app has drastically changed my Discord experience for the better. You see, the Discord website, which looks and works exactly like the Mac app, doesn’t ever require an update. That’s because it just loads the webpage fresh every time. By simply logging into Discord in Safari and choosing File → Add to Dock…I now have the web version on my Mac as a pseudo-application.

Can’t believe I never thought of this. I had the exact same issue, and often put off checking in on the very few (2) Discord communities because the updates are so annoying.

Thought it would be fun to take part in this! Thought I’m not sure my list is much fun considering I mostly just use default apps unless I feel like I have a good reason not to.

One of the reasons I find myself reading a bunch of these lists is I’m not entirely satisfied with Apple Notes. I like its simplicity. I like its quick note feature. I like that it’s the default app on all my devices and it’s integrated nicely with MacOS and iOS.

But notes aren’t as portable as I’d like them to be. I have a shortcut that converts Apple Notes to markdown, so I’m not that worried about it, but it would be nice to have my notes in a more future-proofed open format.

I feel like I’ve tried almost every app at this point, but every app has made me feel like I’ve had to compromise in some other way. I’ve tried all the usual suspects, but I wonder if anyone out there has any suggestions?

(EDIT: oops forgot Raycast)

📨 Mail Client: Apple Mail
📮 Mail Server: iCloud
📝 Notes: Apple Notes
✅ To-Do: Todoist (I run my entire life, work and personal, in Todoist. To call it my “To-do” app doesn’t really do it justice!)
🟦 Photo Management: Apple Photos
📆 Calendar: Apple Calendar
📁 Cloud File Storage: iCloud
📖 RSS: NetNewsWire
🙍🏻‍♂️ Contacts: Apple Contacts
🌐 Browser: Safari
📑 Read It Later: Todoist
🍴 Meal Planning: LoseIt!
💰 Budgeting and Personal Finance: Intuit Mint
🎵 Music: Apple Music
🎤 Podcasts: Apple Podcasts
🔐 Password Management: Apple Passwords
🚀 Launcher: Raycast

…the only way I can understand Rodriguez’s incredibly thin-skinned reaction to my article is that he has managed to rise to this status of apex visibility without any kind of critical writing about him at all. It’s all just been feel-good profiles, so that the first critical word feels like a huge crisis. That’s a relatively new kind of situation for an artist to be in, and worth analyzing.

The idea of posting on your blog and cross-posting to lots of place is the right idea, no argument there, the problem is that the places you can actually cross-post to are few and far-between. The two places mentioned in the article that can peer with most other blogging software are and WordPress. Everything else as far as I know, if you want to peer with them in a POSSE-like way, requires you to remove features from your writing, and you have to decide if it’s worth it.

Your attention is finite resource.  You must decide how to spend your attention wisely.  Media, both valuable and distracting, is increasingly plentiful and easily accessible.  Certain technologies empower users to make these choices, and certain technologies are designed to inhibit the users’ agency, to varying degrees, either through restricting certain actions or prodding the user, covertly or overtly, to act in a certain way.

Respect your attention, respect your autonomy.  Put yourself back in control of how you spend your time and attention.  Opt out of the attention economy.

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