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blogger blogging tech

Success theater is boring

I recommended reading this article:

Twitter : nchenga: "It's boring." http:::t.co:UXaVF5Pb

Success theater is boring. Directly related to the increasing lack of privacy. All the world’s a stage.

Social media featuritis is part of a never-ending cycle. Ironically the author mentions new tools (Snapchat, VidBurn and Facebook Poke) to replace the broadcast tools.

Keep calm.

Don’t join the rat race.

Use social media in good measure and in a personable way.

Create rather than consume.

Consider your true motive. Cost and benefit.

BTW, I’ve read some predictions about a blogging comeback in 2013. Experts predict that the author tag will get a higher Google rank.

2013: The Year of the Online Writer

Due to Google Panda and Penguin, everybody is talking about the need for high-quality content.

The reality is it will be extremely difficult for middle-of-the-road online writers to gain any kind of traffic. Compared to 2003 and 2004, the ocean of data has increased exponentially. Gone are the days where a private blog entry google-bombed its way into the top SERPs. I am not saying it isn’t possible. But it takes strategy, resources, commitment, personal drive, writing skills and some SEO expertise. And most of us with a day job, hobbies, and a long to-do list will no longer be part of the top Google rankings. At least with the current setup.

Here is an interesting slide deck on how social media will develop in 2013:

I wonder where “social everything” and “mobile everything” will take us.

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movies

Directed by Ken Loach

I watched Angels’ Share yesterday. Very enjoyable. Funny.

Yesterday evening I was racking my brain trying to remember the other Ken Loach movie I’ve seen. Heh, I just remembered. Worth a blog post! The film was called Looking for Eric.

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basel flickr Photos

A snapshot from Basel

photo walk in basel-stadt

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General

Literary detail

Interesting link:

Dickens’s 66-page novella is credited with popularising many aspects of the holiday (including the very phrase “Merry Christmas!”).

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General

Season’s greetings

season's greetings

My sister sent me this card. Happy holidays!

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blogging General Photos

Thankful

I am thankful for lots of big and little things.

Family
Friends
Health
Food
A job
Connectivity
The possibility to learn and study new things
Political and religious freedom
Fresh air
Enough water to take a shower when i want or wash my clothes
Electricity
Reliable public transport when i need it
Challenges and adventures
My bicycle
Safety
A place to stay and store stuff (aka home)
Ways to express myself
The power to keep going
To know i can be happy and at peace despite the circumstances
I am thankful that my mood is independent of the weather or the situation
Being bilingual
Education
Enough clothes to wear
Learning that wearing the right clothes makes cold weather more bearable
A digital camera to catch a moment
Clouds in the sky
Dreams
Birds
Music
Memories
Courage
Fearlessness
Deep,refreshing sleep
Flowers
Hiking
Economic stability
Dogs
Photos
Books
Museums
Libraries
Discussions
Cooking and baking
Not living in a warzone
Nutella and chocolate

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flickr Photos

A snapshot for every month

Sipping coffee, planning tasks, listening to the radio.

Here’s a quick review of my year on Flickr:

My most productive month on Flickr in 2012 was… September. I managed to upload 171 photos in one month. Least productive was May 2012 with 52 uploads.

January 2012

my frangipani phase

February 2012

multiple choice

March 2012

colorful and calories

April 2012

warnung vor dem hunde

May 2012

fruit salad

June 2012

beautiful day

July 2012

velo postkarte

August 2012

soooo boring

September 2012

flower pots

October 2012

leafy details

November 2012

yellow

December 2012

Untitled

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globalization

Less connected than in 2007

On Globalisation

people consistently assume that the world is much more interconnected than it really is

Measurement: DHL Global Connectedness Index

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wordpress

Upgraded to WordPress 3.5

grüezi

Heh, i’ve upgraded to WordPress 3.5. All is well. WordPress is getting old. So far without any major hassles.

Unlike Twitter. I learnt this week that I can no longer follow new people cos i crossed the magic threshold of 2000 on my work account.

I read somewhere that 2013 will be the year of the blog. Heard that one before?

Some of us old-skool-folks are seeing quite a few déjà-vues. For example, the changes to the Instagram Terms of Service are no surprise. I remember the uproar when Facebook introduced similar TOS changes.

I like this article by Anil Dash: Rebuilding the web we lost.

Links i still need to read in more detail:

I found this article intriguing:

Any comments or reading recommendations you’d like to share with me?