Carl Rustung

Journal and diary keeping, personal websites and blogs, the indieweb

Posts

carl.surf

Who needs vanity license plates? Trust me, the hottest online trend this winter is vanity URL-shorteners.

Website spring cleaning

Redesigning the website again. This time I’m dealing with my posting anxiety and deteriorating memory, so I’ve added some new ways to post stuff and started on a personal knowledge base.

Books

Show Your Work!

Book cover for Show Your Work!
Written byAustin Kleon
Publish date2013
PublisherWorkman Publishing
ISBN978-0-7611-7897-2
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The “So What?” Test

If you’re unsure about whether to share something, let it sit for 24 hours. Put it in a drawer and walk out the door. The next day, take it out and look at it with fresh eyes. Ask yourself, “Is this helpful? Is it entertaining? Is it something I’d be comfortable with my boss or my mother seeing?” There’s nothing wrong with saving things for later. The SAVE AS DRAFT button is like a prophylactic - it might not feel as good in the moment, but you’ll be glad you used it in the morning.

Austin Kleon
Show Your Work!
Workman publishing, 2013

Bookmarks

How the Blog Broke the Web

Amy Hoy writes about how early blog engines grew into CMS-es while keeping their chronological content sorting as standard. This brought a focus on datestamped updates to a whole bunch of people who wanted easy websites, but with no need to stamp their content with a publish date.

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Amateur research librarians

[...] Myspace. Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. Pinterest, of all things. Today these social publishing tools are beginning to buck reverse chronological sort; they’re introducing algorithm sort, to surface content not by time posted but by popularity, or expected interactions, based on individual and group history. There is even less control than ever before.

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There are no more amateur research librarians.

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