August 29, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] |

Some people sell body fluids and others sell bad art on Etsy. Everyone has their unique spin on making a buck out of their time. More power to them all. But there's this odd and reoccurring trend of truncating RSS feeds, tweets, and even Web site posts in an effort to force additional clicks. The trend surges every 18 months or so, but some sites try it again and again. It's difficult for me to believe that this method generates any additional value for anyone, especially the authors.

Truncated ideas and opinions are not taste tests. From the perspective of a reader, truncated thoughts create a barrier for my interest. The opinion or information must be so extraordinarily compelling that I'm willing to change my reading patterns to access it. The content needs to be worth a trip out of my feed reader or Twitter client just to be exposed to the writer.

From the perspective of someone writing on the Internet, it's so incredibly difficult to get someone to care about what I think, I can't imagine making them work for it. It's such a huge privilege to have anyone contemplate my words, that I feel obliged to roll out the welcome mat.1 There are billions of new words put on the Internet every day and so many of them say the same things. It's a wonder anyone reads past the first "click to read more".

Here's to hoping new ideas in monetization are in all of our futures. After all, the value of making connections with actual humans that want to read our words is not derived by immediate page views, but by...

  1. Everything here is available through RSS, plain text markdown, through a responsive Web site, and posted as full content on Pinboard. It's damn near impossible to avoid the stuff I put out.  


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  1. Audio Book Narrators

    August 28, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    I'm a long time subscriber to Audible and I'm well acquainted with both excellent and terrible audio books. With audio books, the words are only half of the experience. A good narrator can raise an average book up to be something inspiring.

    Until recently, George Guidall was among ...

  2. You Probably Suck at Presentations [Link]

    August 27, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    It's ok. I've rarely seen anyone not suck at presentations. Communication is hard enough. Communication with a finite time limit, topic and goal is incredibly hard. Doing it with style and grace feels impossible.

    David Sparks has style, grace and a way with eBooks. His latest Field Guide ...

  3. Perspective Icons 2 [Link]

    August 27, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    I've been a longtime user of OmniFocus. I still use it strategically while depending on plain text for large scale planning. The "Perspectives" in OmniFocus are what set it apart from almost every other competitor. That's why I'm happy to see the Icons and Coffee Perspective series ...

  4. The TextBundle Format [Link]

    August 27, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    Sure, MultiMarkdown is awesome. It's the cornerstone of 90% of my written words. But have you ever tried to work with MMD using multiple AppStore apps? It can be frustrating. Jumping between apps usually means closing the document, quitting the app and reopening the document in the new app ...

  5. The Quality of Our Connections

    August 27, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    Let's be honest. The Internet is pretty much all about selling stuff. It's filled with native advertising and soulless endorsements. It's hard to take any kind of product recommendation seriously from sites that make their money by selling us the next product. The churn of broken promises ...

  6. The Shortcut of Shortcuts

    August 25, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    I've written a fair amount about leveraging keyboard shortcuts on the Mac to create magic with your fingers.1 There's one generic keyboard shortcut that kind beats them all: ⌘+Shift+/ (a.k.a. ⌘+?)

    This little beauty opens the "Help" menu of the current app and places the cursor ...

  7. Round Trip MindMeister Concept Maps to MindNode or iThoughts on iOS

    August 25, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    I use a heck of a lot of concept maps when I plan.2 But, because I work on Windows part of the time and because MindMeister has terrific functionality for collaborating on maps, I spend a fair amount of time in their web app.1 Unfortunately, their iOS app ...

  8. 50% Off Sale of Take Control eBooks Ends Today [Link]

    August 25, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    Working in Boston generally means I dread the back-to-school time. At least the sales for nerd stuff are nice. Go take advantage of the Take Control sale to get some very good books. The 1Password, Launchbar, PDFPen and BBEdit books are one of a kind and very handy.

  9. Working with Files in Alfred

    August 19, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    Alfred for Mac is typically thought of a as a file launcher with support for custom actions. But there's an entire set of built in actions for handling files that are easily overlooked. But these are, by far, my most used features.1

    Action files from Finder or Path ...