Colin Devroe

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So Brent is done and so is Matt. Even if all of us very early Twitter power users (I was user 10,000 or so) left Twitter it wouldn’t matter to them at all. Brent is correct. Saying Twitter is bad is better said with your feet than your fingers. I rarely tweet these days and write here much more. I think I’ll continue for 30 more years at least.

Matt Haughey “Communication is the hardest part”

Matt Haughey at the January DonutJS meetup in Portland, Oregon:

Being able to express myself is something I’ve worked on my whole life.

I’m constantly learning this lesson both personally and professionally. Each time I do the “landing” of it is softer and softer as I get older. But if someone isn’t “getting me” it is likely because I am not communicating properly.

Great presentation by Matt. I’m very glad for the internet as I wasn’t in Portland for DonutJS.

/via Aaron Parecki.

Experiment more

Try new things with what you already have.

In 2006 I wrote a post about taking full advantage of the things you already own. Knowing every feature of your SLR or Bluray player or getting to know the features of your most-used software.

In this post I want to encourage you to try something completely new with something you use regularly. Experiment. Push. Flip over. Pull. Spin. Tilt.

This is how panoselfies were born. And look what happened there. Many people have a pano mode on their phone. How many point it at themselves?

Experimentation has led to some game-changing discoveries. Heat. Gmail. Electricity.

Take something you use every day. Take a good long look at it. Now, try something completely different with it. It might be fun. And, maybe, just maybe, it might be useful.

Haughey introduces the Panoselfie

Matt Haughey on Medium:

After seeing the first couple panoselfies Colin made, I became immediately enamored with the idea.

You can see #panoselfies are picking up a bit.

Haughey hangs it up at MetaFilter

Matt Haughey, matthowie, had an incredible 16 year run with Metafilter. And, in true Mefi fashion… the post about his departure drips with just the right amount of MetaFilter-isms:

LobsterMitten is returning as a full-time moderator

All yours LobsterMitten.

Slow reading email

Matt Haughey writing on this #tildeclub space:

One long-standing pet peeve with Gmail (and all similar email apps) is that they don’t offer a “slow” reading option. Email is a fast, efficient, intensive sort of activity, so the UI is as practical as possible, but if I ever need to write more than four paragraphs, I find myself often composing text in Google Docs or even Medium draft posts, both that get shared as a link over email. I know how much I don’t like reading tons of text in an email interface so I purposely push them to a place with larger fonts, more comfortable margins, and a way to soak in the words in a calmer UI. Go read stuff over there, where words are respected properly instead of your punch-clock email machine here.

What a great idea! I could never begin to count the number of times I’ve read “Sorry this email is so long”, or something to that effect, in an email. I don’t know why people appologize. I love long emails (well, the ones with a purpose for being long). But he’s right, reading them in most email clients is a fairly poor experience.

The golden age for independent content

Matthew Haughey waxing nostalgic on the incredibly retro

That made me think back to posting 4–5 times a day on my own blog, and RSS (and The Time Before Google Reader Was Killed), and even back before that. I tried to think of the ultimate time for the indie web, when I was experiencing my favorite setup during the early days.

There is some amazing stuff going on over at tilde. I think it will be somewhat short lived but I’m soaking it all in while it lasts. Follow #tildeclub on Twitter to see the antics.

Side note: Matthew has a very nice blog. Maybe he should use that? Like Andy is?

It feels good when people say nice things about your hard work

When people are willing to talk or write about your product it is a good thing. It doesn’t matter if what they write is positive or negative — if they write negatively you can fix the issues they mention and if they write positively you can sit back and smile.

This morning I walked into work and read this post from Pete Ashton about our Barley for WordPress plugin:

I think I’m writing more because of Barley, or at least differently. Writing in the text editor box feels divorced from the end result – you need to make a decision to hit that publish button. With Barley, even though it’s not published it looks published. It feels final, closer to ink on a page than markup code feels.

Though Ashton mentions a few kinks that need to be ironed out with the plugin (which if he’s reading this can no doubt be fixed if he emails support) I’m certainly glad our hard work has had a positive impact on his writing.

Then this (from a bit ago), from Internet-veteran and creator of Metafilter Matt Haughey in a post titled Barley is the bomb:

It greatly reduces the friction of having to go to your WP admin area, find the link to make a new post, then fill out the forms (which totally sounds like work and not play) to make a post. Instead, you just hit a button to make a new post, then start typing in your blog, in your browser.

Smiles all around. Today is going to be good.

Weight loss tips by Matt Haughey

Although I don’t agree with Matt’s “weigh yourself everyday” approach I do believe that different things work for different people and so I suggest reading both Matt’s tips and his weight loss blog Stronger, Fitter, Faster. Via Dan Benjamin.