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Colin Devroe

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Super excited to announce that the entire back catalog (circa 2007) of the world’s best web video series – Random 60 – is now available on YouTube. Grab the kids and a drink and enjoy.

Recording an episode of How I Built It with Joe Casabona.

Updated Firefox across all my devices. If you’re reading this and you use Chrome, please consider giving Firefox a try. I highly recommend using Containers – a feature I can no longer live without.

This week’s Random 60 video is all about wishing we spent more time on hobbies.

Short Android 10 review: Seems much snappier, appreciate the privacy updates, Dark Theme not fully baked even in Google’s own apps yet.

I’m not sure what was more work, restoring this classic Range Rover or making the video. It’s stop motion for the entire rebuild. Wow.

Bad reasons not to blog

There are a lot of bad reasons not to blog. Here are a few of them and why they are bad.

  • Someone already wrote about this. Terrible reason. You didn’t write about it. And the most important component in the equation is you. In over 20 years of blogging I cannot tell you how many topics I’ve covered that have been covered by so many other people yet still the posts helped so many. I have a few blog posts that have hundreds of thousands of page views.
  • I don’t understand this as much as others. Blah blah blah! The best blog posts are those written by people still figuring it out because they are new enough to a topic to cover them in detail. People that know something well tend to skip over important smaller pieces.
  • I’m not a good writer. Join the crowd. The only way to get better at writing is to write.
  • I’m a perfectionist, I would never publish. Publishing is a muscle. If you do it once, and keep doing it over and over, it becomes easier. Perhaps your tendency to get things just right will actually set your blog apart from others.
  • No one would read my blog. Who cares? A personal blog is less written for other people than it is for yourself. This post, as an example, is a reaffirmation of my own opinions to myself. If no one reads this at least I wrote it and it reinvigorates me to continue to blog. In fact, I would recommend not tracking analytics too closely.
  • Blogs are too complicated. Start simple. If you continue to do it, then you can dig in and make things more complex. Sign up to Micro.blog, WordPress.com, or Tumblr where there is zero configuration needed.

Update: See “I’m not a web developer”.

If you have any desire at all to have a blog and have ever thought that any of the above bad reasons should stop you – please reconsider and start blogging.

See also: My blogging tips.

Now following @jakedahn on M.b.

Jake Dahn returns to blogging

Jake Dahn, who co-authored a blog called Waking Ideas with Danny Nicolas over 10 years ago:

I’ll write some thoughts in another post about why I’m getting back into blogging. But for now I wanted to say thanks to Danny and Colin who both inspired me to take the leap and to start hitting publish.

This makes me happy.

Special Friday edition of Random 60…. A Spotify tip on listening to international music.