Five RSS feeds I followed recently

A few weeks ago, I posted five new RSS feeds I had subscribed to. I’m making an effort to find more—something that becomes easier as I force feed reading back into my day to day workflow.

Here’s another group of five RSS feeds that I’ve followed recently.

“One small way to get our independence and agency back from exploitative platforms is to build personal websites to share on instead. Of course, it’s a tiny tiny step. But it’s a step to taking back control, and building a web that neither relies upon, nor feeds, the harms of Big Tech.”

Laura Kalbag

I subscribed to Laura Kalbag‘s feed after reading her excellent article, “It’s time to get personal” on 24ways.org, which I got to via a Chris Aldrich link. I then realized this was the same Laura Kalbag who wrote Accessibility for Everyone, which I enjoyed and is sitting on the shelf next to my desk.

Finding feeds like this is a good reminder that people I’m aware of do actually blog and spending time with their sites is much more engaging and inspiring than Twitter.

And then, of course, I subscribed to 24ways.org itself, which still has a couple weeks of articles remaining in this year’s “advent calendar for web geeks”.

“I don’t keep traffic statistics – my favorite novels don’t have tracking devices inside, do they?”

Kicks Condor, “Blogging Less in the 2020s

Sometime last week I finally subscribed to Kicks Condor after having a few posts open as tabs for a bit.

I almost feel bad for relegating the content of this site to a feed reader as the site experience is so interesting. I connected quite a bit with a recent post, “Blogging Less in the 2020s“, and my personal takeaway was along the lines of: “just blog; don’t worry about frequency; don’t worry about numbers.”

This strategy fits with my general desire to narrate work for my future self more than anyone else.

Aside: Kicks Condor also responsible for this indieweb.xyz site I’m still trying to wrap my head around but looks very cool af.

Apples, apples, apples. This is basically all I could talk about last week when the Cosmic Crisp finally hit store shelves after 22 years of development. Then Matt Haughey tweeted about Adam’s Apples and called it “the most perfect blog”. So of course I subscribed to it, because apples are good and I live in an apple state. And, if you’re interested, they have a review of the Cosmic Crisp. 🍎

And to wrap things up, I subscribed to Uses This after enjoying Andy Baio‘s interview on the site from this week. I’ve always been a sucker for those types of interviews and could probably read one every day.

Five RSS feeds I followed today

I followed several new to me feeds today and then decided—why not share? There may be no other way to rediscover the social network that is blogging.

“When the experienced don’t write, grifters step in, feign expertise, and sell it.”

Frank Chimero

Thanks to an Om post, I ran into Frank Chimero’s redesign blog. It should be an interesting experiment in writing about a process while it happens. It also provided the quote above, which I enjoyed and contrasts only a bit with my opinion that beginners should feel comfortable talking about their work.

That said—beginner does not equal grifter.

“Transparency prospers in a linked medium, for you can literally see the connections between the final draft’s claims and the ideas that informed it.”

David Weinberger

Earlier in the day, I ran into a David Weinberger quote I posted in 2014 that I found interesting. I followed the link to Joho the Blog, skimmed through the page, and decided I might find future content interesting as well. I even added his new book, Everyday Chaos, to my want-to-read list in Goodreads.

Bonus: that quote from 2014 is not entirely unrelated from the idea of grifters posing as experts.

I found AI Weirdness through a tweet that I can’t find now, but I had saved the tab to read later when I visited yesterday. This morning I decided to subscribe rather than pretend I’ll get back to the tab. I haven’t done anything with AI yet, so this may be an interesting and humorous way to become familiar.

Bonus: the title of Janelle’s TED talk, which is still on my list to watch: “The danger of AI is weirder than you think

And last, but not least, I followed both the IndieNews and This Week in the IndieWeb blogs via the main indieweb.org site as part of an effort to get more familiar with that community and technology.