I created a writer page on Facebook because I wanted to be omnipresent on all services, but the value of this hasn’t been clear… while it meanwhile enabled Facebook to abuse the power of being the place everyone was.
Starting today, all my content will be on my two websites alone: technical/geek content and tech writing here, non-technical opinion and fiction writing over at http://www.jorhett.com/.
I’ll be posting a lot more content here, as I wind down my empowerment of these social networks.
One of the reasons I don’t update this site as often as I should is that I’m not sure just how useful it is to others. I want to find a way to make useful information more available. I’d really like to hear your feedback if there are channels I haven’t outlined below:
- Putting information on your own website is easy and effective, but it feels like to a branch falling deep in the forest. Only those very near will ever hear it.
- Past history has been to utilize major social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc). Unfortunately, it has been shown that centralization in the hands of commercial entities is not in the publisher or reader’s best interest.
- Most tech-oriented publications have found that FUD or shock value articles are much more effective from a profit standpoint than actual technical content.
Is there a place where I can provide value in written format to others? I’m not looking for money, just want it to be available/found. I would likely be able to send a minimum of 2 submissions a month.
This year my income as a writer almost matched my consulting income. Although neither are appreciable sums, it represents a distinct shift in my non-dayjob efforts of which I am both proud, and deeply interested in developing further.
I use Android phones and the fastest way for me to enter text is to Swype or Flow the words. This is where you press the first key then swype your finger from one letter to another without picking up your finger. It was incredibly fast way to enter text…until keyboards decided that predicting your words is so important that you can’t turn it off.
It is perhaps understandable that when I swype F-I-X-E-S that it might insert F-O-X-E-S. I’m really not prone to talk about foxes, but I understand that guess.
I completely fail to understand when I swype my fingers through T-U-R-N-S and get F-I-R-M-S. Those letters aren’t close. No, my fingers weren’t inaccurate. Yes, I really meant turns. Worse yet is that turns is a valid English word, is found in the keyboard’s dictionary, but is not in the list of suggestions.
Samsung, Google, Swype, SwiftKey: Trust me. I swyped exactly what I meant. You can suggest something else but please insert the word I swyped. Not what you think I meant. Because I really, truly, never write sentences on my phone containing duck.
Many people seem to believe that the battle for Net Neutrality is a geek matter that won’t concern them. In reality, the loss of Net Neutrality is an important issue that will cost everyone significant time and money.
If the proposed legislation passed, it explicitly authorizes Internet access companies to charge you more to access sites that haven’t paid them as well. Yes, that’s right, the Internet access company would get paid by both sides for the same bytes. However, the most important part of the legislation is that it allows them to block and slow down sites which haven’t paid them. Let’s discuss what this means to you: