" Many publications are already trying to turn this core group of users into paying subscribers, but perhaps it’s also worth appealing to their high-minded desires. Digital tools like popularity and search algorithms are designed to appeal to the 80 percent of users who are casual consumers. But journalists—especially those at smaller outlets—would do well to keep the needs of their smaller, loyalist audience in mind. Chances are, those readers are just as frustrated with algorithms as editors are."

I received a comment earlier this week from Grant Potter on my post about about delegation that included this line:

“Your thinking in the open here is really great – enjoying following along.”

I didn’t realize it at the time, but that’s exactly what I was doing. I didn’t have any fully-formed thoughts about delegation, and definitely didn’t have any solutions, but it was on my mind and I started writing about it. By the end I had come to something of a conclusion- or at least a greater understanding of my own barriers and a better attitude on how to idea them.

Lots of people recommend keeping a journal to help work through difficult problems. I’ve tried doing that but for whatever reason it never sticks. But looking back it seems like I do feel comfortable working through things here on my blog- out in the open.

I don’t know what that says about me, but I do know some of the most important lessons I’ve learned have come through reading the blogs of other people doing essentially the same thing. Successful people in high-level jobs sitting down and typing about their work, problems, and possible solutions. Fred Wilson is an obvious one, but also people like Buster Benson talking about productivity methods he’s tried and Cap Watkins chronicling his move from being a designer to a product manager.

So I think I’m going to give myself permission to think out loud around here a little more. I find it useful, and maybe other people will to.

" Algorithms are meant to be gamed—my Facebook friends have now taken to posting faux “congratulations” to messages they want to push to the top of everyone’s feeds, because Facebook’s algorithm pushes such posts with the phrase “congratulations” in the comments to top of your feed. Recently, a clever friend of mine asked to be faux congratulated on her sale of used camera equipment. Sure enough! Her network reported that it stayed on top of everyone’s feed for days. (And that’s why you have so many baby/marriage/engagement announcements in your Facebook feed—and commercial marketers are also already looking to exploit this)."

Algorithms, man. You can’t trust ‘em.

amidstthetrees

amidstthetrees:

A blog article about my hometown, and how much it’s changed in my lifetime.

Very well-written, and a good representation of my experience at the school, too.

(by akurjata)

Oh yeah I wrote this thing! Here it is! Enjoy!