Comments on blogs aren't really a thing anymore, especially on this here blog, but I occasionally have someone pop in via WordPress Reader, I think, and while checking out the blog of one such commenter, It's The Bageler!, I discovered "The Year-Long Scavenger Hunt" at Birdie's Book Nook.
On Llamas, Dresses, Net Neutrality: A Clue(Train)!
That desire for community, to connect with others who share your interests, is what drives the best and worst of what, as a whole, makes the internet so invaluable -- from the early days of Usenet to Tumblr and whatever comes next -- and for some (including business execs who don't get it), so dangerous. I'm sure there are plenty of business lessons to be learned from all of this, and I'm sure there will be plenty of think pieces and hot takes addressing those, but I'm far more interested in grappling with the human element.
eBooks: The False Dilemma
People will continue to read printed books for a long time, just as some people still watch movies on VHS. But the printed book will be "dead" in a few short years in the sense that the bulk of the adoption curve, the pragmatic majority, will have moved on. --Arvind Narayanan, "The death of the … Continue reading eBooks: The False Dilemma
Motivational Cliches Aren’t Business Models
"If the people who make the decisions are the people who will also bear the consequences of those decisions, perhaps better decisions will result." John Abrams, The Company We Keep: Reinventing Small Business for People, Community and Place I hate pundits. [ETA: Maybe I should have said I hate Twitter? Update at the end of … Continue reading Motivational Cliches Aren’t Business Models
Not Every Conversation is Worth Having
"For a list of all the ways technology has failed to improve the quality of life, please press three." Alice Kahn I follow a lot of experienced marketers on Twitter, along with several whose real-world experience is questionable, and one of the most annoying memes I've seen is the belief that everyone should be on … Continue reading Not Every Conversation is Worth Having
Your Entitlement Slip is Showing
Among the most tiresome memes dominating the publishing world right now -- memes that I've admittedly contributed to at times -- the worst are the self-righteous rants about self-publishing, Amazon, and the long-rumored death of print. There are the writers who think their publishers should be doing more for them while smugly looking down their noses at the writers willing to do it … Continue reading Your Entitlement Slip is Showing
Outrage, Humor, Context
David Brothers was one of the smartest comics bloggers on the scene a few years back when I was at my peak of following the industry, and he's remained one of the few whom I still follow despite my current pull list being a shadow of its former self. [Side note: Have to get to … Continue reading Outrage, Humor, Context
This is the moment
[Liveblogging throughout the day, because I want to remember as much of this as possible...] 11:45pm: Wow. President-Elect Barack Hussein Obama. Drop the "elect" and it rolls off the tongue. I'm kind of speechless, actually. It's all over but the big speech; a speech that, after a string of amazing speeches, will be the biggest … Continue reading This is the moment
Mine: Always questioned authority; never feared failure. Yours: ? Tagging: Salomé, Dan, Xia, Melissa, Earl and Phil. Here are the rules: 1. Write your own six word memoir. 2. Post it on your blog and include a visual illustration if you’d like. 3. Link to the person that who tagged you in your post and to … Continue reading Six-Word Memoir
When politics gets personal for Latinos
In reality, politics are without question a very personal matter but, partly due to the media's focus on the horserace aspect of elections and partly due to the candidates often allowing themselves to be defined by labels (or at the least, trying to marginalize their opponents with them), most political debate occurs from a safe, impersonal distance. … Continue reading When politics gets personal for Latinos