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RT: It’s that you stopped making

Stumbled into this insightful (and timely) thread.

Here’s a thank you shoutout to @visakanv (twitter), whose website is at at (I may not have blogged in years, but I still have the old-school-blog habit of sending out love in the form of outgoing links. Is this still done? It is here!)

Got a choir here singing to me, and I am singing to it.

Serendipity. Coincidences. I am grateful to find wise words that reinforce what I was already setting out as this theme.

Just make crappy quality stuff with as little time and effort as you can put into it, and have as much fun as you can doing it.
Lower your standards.
Screw around, be a goofball.


Work to do

There’s work to do. Gotta lose the sidebar and gain one of those triple-line menu doodads. I mean, it’s one thing to start blogging again. Then there’s the theme and customization and all that so this site is responsive, baby.

This website as seen on a mobile iPhone browser

Screenshot of this site viewed on mobile browser on iPhone. That column on the right is full of yikes in this view.

The sidebar on the site when viewed in vertical orientation on an iPad isn’t as drastic as viewed on a phone.

This website as seen on iPad in vertical portrait orientation

Screenshot of site on iPad in vertical orientation.

Just show up

Words by Mary Karr about a commonplace book. “You’re just constantly copying in longhand.”

In morning pages, the idea is that the hand keeps moving on the page, writing about anything —anything— until the set number of pages is filled up. For three pages, on wide rule spiral notebook paper. Half and hour. 30 minutes, keep your hand moving on the page. These days, having participated in one round of NaNoWriMo, written by hand, I got good at estimating word count based on the number of lines on the pages of a spiral bound notebook. Wide Rule, 27 lines. College Rule (narrower lines), 33 lines per page. I After decades of writing in Wide Rule notebooks (3 pages = 81 lines of writing), I came to appreciate College Rule. Now I write for two pages, 66 lines. Maybe my handwriting is smaller on the narrowly lined pages. Don’t know.

But I take out my pen and paper, and I write.

I show up. That’s the point of it. There are two rules:

  1. Keep your hand moving on the page.
  2. When you write, do not edit.

It’s a way of showing up.

My S. O. says, “90% of life is showing up.” (The wisdom of an age-group swimmer now a Master’s Swimmer who has just shown up in the pool for decades.)

The day before the announcement that the Board of Directors of Twitter met to accept an offer to purchase the company, I began a new thing, a just show-up thing.

This is what I wrote, that day (you can see me in the act of writing down the words on the page shown above):

On the morning of the Twitter Announcement, I was grateful that I’d started this new effort the previous day. Okay, there’s all this noise out there slung back and forth in tweets and hot takes. I need to set up the camera stand, and write another thing in this notebook. I gotta show up.

I didn’t start one new thing, though. Looks like I’m starting two. Show up there in a time-lapse hand-written form, post as a movie.

And show up here. Not that I’ll do this here blogging daily, but at the outset, each day I do this daily now, I make it easier to come back again, so the front page of this blog is not a set of “oh wow, I gotta start blogging again” jittered sets of starts with no follow up.

This, today, is my follow up. Just do it. Just practice.

Twitter Alternatives

Letting Go

I want to let go of Enriching Zuck or Jack or, now, Musk. (whisper it in your best mindfulness meditation voice: Let goooo of enriching Zuck with your attention on his website. Inhale. Exhale. Bring your attention back to your own web site.)

I’ve been enriching Zuck and Twitter shareholders.

The announcement about intent to purchase  Twitter and take it private gives the opportunity to do what I’ve been meaning to do anyhow (we’ve been meaning to do?): Re-evaluate this place, which is mine, has been sorely neglected, and re-balance attention.

John Scalzi says it well:

I’m not actively contemplating leaving Twitter, but I’ll say that there’s a reason I’ve actively maintained/updated my own site since 1998: Because it’s the one place online where I don’t have to worry about mercurial dudes with too much money fucking things up for me.

I feel attacked. Not by Scalzi, but by my conscience. My higher self. My higher attention self.

In the reaction, some things to consider:

Fill this blog with some of my previous tweets, as back-dated posts.

I tweeted:


WordPress plugins to examine:

There are several, but they have warnings that they haen’t been tested the last 3 versions of WP.


because it’s time to explore what else is out there.


(h/t Anil Dash)

Since August 2018 I have run a social network site called Friend Camp for about 50 of my friends. I think Friend Camp is a really nice place, and my friends seem to agree that it has enriched our lives. I’d like to see more places like Friend Camp on the internet, and this document is my attempt to provide some practical guidance as to how you might run a social network site like this.

I actually already have a domain name that would be perfect for a thing like this.

A DIY Social Network is Good for the people I want to stay connected to, but it won’t substitute for what Twitter’s been great for: Following, reading, and learning from people who don’t look like I do, whose lives have been sorely impacted by white supremacy, and whom I need to learn from without imposing further burdens upon them to not only deal with impact of white supremacy, but also the added labor of teaching white people like me all about it.

That’s it for now. Gotta get comfortable with short blog-length bursts.

When an internet behemoth goes down, it’s time to come back

Twitter reply chain about Facebook outage
So  today, Facebook and Instagram and WhatsApp went down hard. Brian Krebs of Krebs on Security wrote an informative post on what the hell happened. Big failure.

Bigger failure is that we’ve come to rely on a behemoth site that is Too Big to fail, Too Big to Jail, and, after the 60 Minutes Whistleblower Report last night, it’s time to change. So, once again, I resolve to blog again.

Hello world! (for the kerjillionth time). Gotta dust off the cobwebs here. But this place is mine, not Zuck’s. Welcome.