posts tagged with the keyword ‘blogging’

2011.09.16

Good Friday everyone! I’ve been busy writing and making things and writing, and I also have a backlog of ideas to write about…

But I just wanted to mention something for the folks out there who enjoy reading my writing (both of you!) and let you know that you can also read my writing elsewhere.

VerveCast

I post over on the VerveCast blog, which is published by Z2 Marketing. I usually post about once a week. You can certainly just see my posts, but I’d encourage you to check out the other authors as well. We’re a branding firm, but I often delve off into subjects like 3D printers, desktop manufacturing(?), experts, and weird photos.

Milwaukee Makerspace

Since those guys (and girls!) at the Milwaukee Makerspace were kind enough to let me join and hang out there, I’ve also started blogging over there. I often post about my own weird projects, but I also try to post about interesting topics, demos we do, or just a typical night of hacking and making.

And if all that isn’t enough (and it should be!) you can occasionally see mysterious images over on Posterous, or see the strange things I post on Google+.

2011.09.01

Blogging Monster!

It’s great to see posts like this one from Hugh MacLeod: “Reclaim Blogging”: Why I’m giving up Twitter and Facebook, mainly because he highlights a few key points that freedom loving people everywhere should identify with:

…Over on Twitter and Facebook, it’s not your content, it’s their content.

The content on your blog, however, belongs to you, and you alone. People come to your online home, to hear what you have to say, not to hear what everybody else has to say. This sense of personal sovereignty is important.

I’m fine with people using Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Flickr, etc… I use them all too, but much of what I do on those services involves driving people here to my blog. And it’s not about eyeballs and revenue as much as it’s about sovereignty, longevity, freedom, and identity. Since starting in 1997, things like Friendster, and Vox, and even Myspace, have risen and fallen. I didn’t get locked into any of them. I didn’t choose LiveJournal, or Pitas, or any of the other hosted services out there, but chose to have my own domain, and put my stake in the ground here. And today I can still link to a post I wrote 14 years ago, and it’s there. It hasn’t disappeared due to some third party shutting down a service, or a startup running out of funding. It’s there because I kept it there, and I kept it safe.

I think now is a good time to remind people why we all got into blogging in the first place, all those years ago. I think now is a great time to “reclaim” blogging, so that is exactly what I’m doing. Here and now. Rock on.

And why did I get into blogging? I started in the personal publishing world in the mid-1980s when zines printed on paper was the best you could do… Once the web came along, I saw the potential, and jumped on it. The Internet is a world-wide publishing platform where the distribution costs are close enough to zero to make it available to anyone. Think about it. Think about it in terms of publishing in the 19th or early 20th century…That’s pretty damn powerful.

So remember kids, if you’ve got a blog, keep it up… if you abandoned it, reclaim it… and if you don’t have one, start one now.

2011.08.05

14 Years of Blogging!

Yeah that’s right kids…. 14 years. RasterWeb! started in 1997. We’ve been around longer than Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Blogger, and many other sites you use every day. We outlasted Vox, and Odeo, and too many others to even name. And while millions of people started and abandoned blogs, we kept going.

Heck, it wasn’t even called “blogging” back in 1997… (And no, sorry, “journaling” doesn’t count. It is/was not the same thing as blogging.)

Feel free to browse the archives or the tags and find some posts you may have missed. The first post was a simple birthday wish to my daughter. She is now 14 years older. Time, it flies, eh?

2011.06.25

Keys

I tend to avoid sites like BloggingPro, as they always seem to have this “get rich quick” feel to them…

For instance, there’s a post titled Blogging Pitfalls: The Six Keys to Making a Blog That Lasts, which is all well and dandy, but really, I think there’s just one key, and I’ll share it with you now:

Keep Posting.

A blog that lasts? Keep Posting.

Oh sure, you’ll also want to make sure the blog exists for a long time. I’d recommend your own domain rather than a flavor of the day, like Pitas, LiveJournal, Vox, Blogger, Tumblr, etc…

But yeah, really… Keep Posting. It’s worked for me since 1997.

2011.03.03

Photo Challenge: Bakery

We finally did another Photo Challenge at Z2, and the theme was bakery.

Check out all the photos, because there’s some pretty cool ones in there… I mean, besides mine!

You might also notice that I’m blogging at VerveCast as well… You can see all of my posts if you’d like. I’ve recently written about Makerbot Industries, the resolution of the RED ONE, and Strip Tweeting

Of course you could just see the whole blog… There’s other good authors beside myself, and we’re publishing almost every day.

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