A Micro.blog #FollowFriday, Part I

For those of us wanting to leave Twitter and other silos behind and focus more on microblogging on our own domains, discovering new people to follow can be a little tricky. Manton Reece has a Discover tab on Micro.blog to find people, but the service is still in its infancy.

Colin Devroe suggested a #FollowFriday movement. I’ll start off with two bloggers I’m enjoying. Feel free to use webmentions for your own lists! Please correct me if anyone else has started this, I haven’t had great connectivity for the last few weeks.

  1. Colin Walker: I talked to Colin a few times through the Indie Microblogging Slack. Not only is his blog interesting and original, he also helped me out with a few of my own microblog‘s functions and tweaks. I’m also inspired by his microcasting, something I’ve been putting off doing. He recently hit 1000 posts but I missed it until today! Thanks Colin!
  2. Colin Devroe: The person who suggested a #FollowFriday should definitely be followed! The first thing I noticed about Colin’s blog was his use of Anders Noren’s Davis theme1. It looks like he has done a ton of work to get Davis functional for multiple post formats. Colin’s post about some features in iOS 11 was featured on Jim Dalrymple and Dave Mark’s The Loop.

I could also write more about a few other microbloggers like Jack Baty, Chris Aldrich, and Craig McClellan, but I’ll leave it to others to highlight theirs and other blogs.

We could also pick another day, but I love Colin’s idea. What do you all think?

  1. I’m a former chronic WordPress theme window shopper. 

Ulysses, iA Writer, and Subscription Pricing

Ulysses has moved to subscription pricing. This is an interesting move, especially after a high entry cost for macOS and iOS platforms. Maybe they should have waited for a substantial feature upgrade? I’m a huge Ulysses fan, but I might give iA Writer a try. It supports folders and files with iCloud (which is different than Ulysses’ groups and sheets metaphor). They also employ content blocks to separate writing that could ease long form writing in markdown. And who knows, maybe iA will switch to subscription pricing as well. I want to support developers but I’m on a travel budget these days and all I want is a writing environment that is minimal and allows me to be productive. NaNoWriMo looms in the background.

Whimsical Automation with Workflow and iOS

I’ve had Workflow for iOS installed on my iPhone for about a year with just an inkling at how powerful it is. There is plenty written about this app from people more qualified than me, but I’d like to share some silly workflows that might not make your real work easier but are nevertheless useful or fun.

  • Check Altitude — Nouakchott is right at sea level, but use this when traveling for curiosity’s sake.
  • Landed Safe! — After landing and turning off airplane mode, launch this from the today widget and let your loved ones know you’ve made it to your destination
  • Coin Flip — Need a quick way to make a decision but don’t have a coin?
  • Dream Recorder — Use your voice to record a dream right when you wake up. It will save the file to a Dreams folder in Dropbox
  • SOS Flash Flight — Use the built-in flashlight to signal SOS for an emergency