I saw this article on Scrum and UX design at t3n.de (in German only).
How to call your cat indoors on a rainy autumn evening in Basel:
Büsi is Swiss-German for cat.
I followed the tip to use Homebrew. And 2 to 3 commands later I had generated a skeleton of a site.
Hugo is well-documented and it looks like an exciting alternative to explore.
It supports TOML, YAML and JSON.
I still have a couple of lessons to go thru in my Udemy course.
For all my creative photography friends, here’s an article by Moz on how images boost conversion. And a list of tools.
- Visage https://visage.co/
- Recordit http://recordit.co/
- GIFboom (no link cos the sample photos look like they are intended for a dating site)
- Placeit https://placeit.net/
- Studio http://www.madewithstudio.com/
- SnapChat (errr… really?)
The sample images displayed in the Moz article aren’t very inspiring but the tools look useful.
Need a place to work in CPH for a couple of hours or 1 day? I can recommend the cafe of http://republikken.net/. Good coffee. Work atmosphere with other people working around you.
Here’s a Moz article on the current trend to write long-form articles.
Long-form articles need to be well-researched. Just going for length is not going to work.
“Create content that helps people.”
It’s fun… writing about long-form articles in very short blog posts.
Tip 1: Use simple vocabulary
Tip 2: Use short sentences
Tip 3: Help readers navigate your writing
For future reference
Last Saturday I attended Barcamp Bodensee in Konstanz.
Here are some brief notes and thoughts on sessions that I attended:
Ask a digital teen
Barcamp attendees asked a 15 year old what apps and web services he uses. Youtube, Gaming, TeamSpeak, Discord app, some Whatsapp, Google Calendar. No TV. No Facebook. His school doesn’t allow the use of smartphones on the school grounds.
Digital strategy for non-profit organizations
Digital strategy means finding a way to connect CMS and CRM and accounting and payment apps and processes. CiviCRM was recommended; if offers connectors for WordPress and Drupal. There’s an association called “Software für Engagierte” (in German only). QuickBook, Collmex were mentioned for accounting purposes.
Getting Things Done
A certified GTD trainer offered an intro to David Allen’s method. Mind like water. Some very useful tips. For example, to do lists aren’t enough. Lists need to be sorted and categorized. Actionable items and next steps instead of just listing the project. Tasks that take less than 2 minutes should be taken care of immediately. Cos it takes more time to get back to these mini-tasks. Related links:
Intro to Snapchat
Useful intro to a social network that is growing fast. The speaker encouraged us to sign up to learn how influencers are using Snapchat for storytelling.
— André Kirberg (@adkirberg) April 16, 2016
Messaging apps are probably going to change in 2016, c.f. Facebook’s recent announcement. E.g. possibility to order services and buy products via chat like in Asian chat apps, Line and WeChat. We went off on a tangent and collected a comprehensive list of messaging apps….
I’ve learnt a lot at barcamps in the past and recommend attending one or two if you can. The same content will cost you $$$ at a commercial conference and lots more nerves. Barcamps are fun and way more relaxing.
Some photos from my Flickr stream:
I’ve got this theory that fresh green colour soothes the eyes and helps to relax.
I saw 2 cats. Both look somewhat unamused. And ready to pounce on any intruders.
Saturday was sunny and warm. I like this snapshot, taken with my Moto 3 G:
I found this list of useful tips on launching a WordPress site:
Don’t Launch a WordPress Site Before You Go Through This Checklist https://t.co/1jYcZV1yVH too late, already launched
— Panchenga (@nchenga) March 27, 2016
Things to watch out for are:
- fast hosting
- search-engine optimized theme
WordPress is working on a new codebase:
I don’t know how this will play out for self-hosted sites. You can use Calypso functionality via Jetpack. The benefit, that I read most frequently, is that the Calypso editor is well designed for writers.
On my daily bicycle commute, I kept noticing art posters, labelled Le nouvel Unterlinden. Today, I saw a Designboom article, shared by someone in my community, discussing the newly renovated museum in Colmar.
— designboom (@designboom) February 7, 2016
Advertising works. Both print and online.
I listened to the latest episode of The Big Web Show this weekend. The topic was interaction architecture. Here’s a tweet pointing to the show:
— The Big Web Show (@thebigwebshow) January 22, 2016
On Sunday evening, I saw this tweet, which describes exactly what happened to our content/our attention.
Remember when we all moved out of the houses we owned into the big free hotel, and years later management changed the wallpaper to ads?
— Paul Ford (@ftrain) February 6, 2016
Maybe a good candidate for my Twitter Poetry collection?
I saw this film: An by Naomi Kawase. I liked it.
It’s about freedom. It has a poetic feel. It’s slow and feels real. You get attached to the main characters.
Here is an attempt to find my best snapshot per month for 2015.
I quickly scanned through my photos on a per month basis and selected a photo based on number of views or memories or both.
I saw this article today on the benefits of blogging:
“So why should you blog?” https://t.co/sxbWSvtWPI
— ✁___CollectThisTweet (@nchenga) November 1, 2015
- Blogs refine your thoughts
- Blogs reward the creator
- Blogs amplify your humanity
- Blogs connect us to our tribes
- Blogs give introverts a voice
- Blogs reward the “new age” publishers
- Blogs embrace the experimenters
- Blogs accelerate discovery
- Blogs open up a world without borders
I’ve written about the reflective power of writing. E.g. here.
I bet, there were similar articles about writing ever since writing was invented.
It’s quite difficult to carve out a space in our multimedia world to sit down and write and reflect and create. Many times I just feel like I am part of the echo chamber. Not adding any value. Not going deep enough.
One reason to keep your blog going is digital memories.
The weather was beautiful today. Sunny and warm. I tried to capture the day and hold onto the moment with these snapshots.
Walking down the stairs:
Crossing the river Rhein at the Kraftwerk:
This bicycle colour is cool:
Just like in San Francisco, the fog moved in at around 5 pm:
I am continuing my Vine experiment. Here’s the new water fountain in Riehen Dorf:
— ✁___CollectThisTweet (@nchenga) November 1, 2015
Video isn’t easy. At all. This Coschedule blog post mentions some tools to explore:
- Video Hance (iPhone)
- QuickCast (iPhone)
- ScreenFlow (desktop tool)
Always a good resource, Hubspot lists video ideas to try out for your business.
What tools or apps can you recommend? I’m on Android.
By chance, I learnt that there is an edit function in Vine.
Last weekend, I went for a walk on Belchen in the southern Black Forest (1414 m). Not as high and spectacular as the Swiss alps, but still very beautiful.
I nearly forgot to take my camera.
Here are some snapshots:
I’ve started using Vine on my 2nd generation Moto G. I haven’t bought a tripod or started editing vines. Some recent shots:
Everyday typography https://t.co/sCth2BNAeV
— ✁___CollectThisTweet (@nchenga) October 22, 2015
Chiperoni ku Basel (drizzle rain in Basel):
Chiperoni ku Basel https://t.co/2oBqHHOMzn
— ✁___CollectThisTweet (@nchenga) October 15, 2015
Velo culture https://t.co/E0PWXp1o4M
— ✁___CollectThisTweet (@nchenga) October 17, 2015
— ✁___CollectThisTweet (@nchenga) October 19, 2015
I saw this Bufferapp article on declining social media traffic.
I say. No wonder. Everybody is online, creating tonnes of content. Most people are too busy to read, let alone follow so many data streams.
Many web pages don’t get any traffic at all. A few sites get all the traffic.
Interesting read. I recommend reading it.
My tip: don’t share or comment on articles that you haven’t read. Even bots can do that. Be human.
And. If you do like an article? Comment, share and write a blog post on it.
If you’re on Facebook and want to see better content, I recommend following Robert Scoble’s advice. The filtering is improving. And this week’s announcement on Facebook Search means we may have a viable alternative to Google Search. At some point in the future.
“It turns out a ton of things that people share socially on the Web, they don't read at all.” http://t.co/Qmbv259oex –> read b4 sharing!
— ✁___CollectThisTweet (@nchenga) October 3, 2015
Lucky chiperoni.ch. It doesn’t need to grow traffic.
Have a look at my photos on Flickr.