Blogging isn’t dead

bloggingImage: 10 amazing blogs about blogging – Corey Wainwright 

 

The internet can be capricious at times and come up with rumours and thoughts which, if you do not pay attention, will lead you astray or confuse you. Half the time it’s to create a thing and then that thing is discussed , reported, highlighted, memed. It’s artificial content creation stimulation. There has been this thing about blogging being dead. There has been a belief that individual bloggers are a thing of the past. Not if you go by the WordPress reader. That alone is sufficient indication there are plenty of individual bloggers who are confident, successful and clear voices. There are a lot of new individual bloggers because a number of people are connected from home for their own purposes. There are artists, writers, musicians, tech people, UX and UI designers, game creators, cooks, chefs, foodies, fashion followers, sports people and  gadget creators and so on. Etsy has had a big impact and a number of Etsy shops have their owners on Instagram to make that personal connection with their potential clients. They often build their network on Instagram or Facebook and then their blog offers more insight into how they produce their items. It’s the personal touch.  People want to meet and know real people on the internet these days. Blogs can also provide documentation and journaling capacities so that people can trace their personal growth in an area. People want to explore their creativity and ideas more and even Instagram posts are increasingly becoming more like blog posts. It’s the social and emotional involvement which has increased and so blogging offers that way of individual processing of events , creativity and information.

That is not to say group blogs don’t exist and aren’t a vibrant part of the internet. Blogs are part of mainstream  internet content. They are no longer the blogosphere. Group blogs can operate like modern day newsletters. They can allow a group to develop an image and history and allow everyone in that group to participate even if they cannot be at every meeting or activity. They allow a group to have an online presence and image with the group members can tap into but also the wider community.

MotherJones has an interesting look at current blogging practices . Blog Tyrant looks at some of the statistics and analyses some of the trends.  Neal Samudre has an article  on Huffington Post about allowing your blog to prosper.  Blogs have changed and they always will change. These days they tend to document and share information in a way which is connected to our need for information in context.

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Creative writing apps

In many ways we have increased our capacity to write creatively because we have technology and social media sites. We have opportunities to inspire and influence because we are on Facebook and Instagram and there are still those who meet the Twitter creative tweet challenge. We have blogs and websites and even though there is a big emphasis on visuals on the internet, the opportunities to write and write well are there. We can make our own books and publish them online. We can create influential and interesting email content. We need apps! Are there apps to inspire creative writing? Yes. You may have your own favourites. Yona Yurwit in the video explains what she uses on her iPhone and why. Makeuseof has some good recommendations of creative writing apps some of which are paid and some of which have a paid premium version. More and more phones are becoming less about consumption and more about productivity and creativity.

Delete Google voice searches

 

Most people are used to clearing their browser history and other text based searches. They may not have realised you also need to clear voice searches. Google uses the histories to target you with sites and ads which they think you will be interested in. it’s about trying to tailor your device use to your needs. That can be helpful. Voice data takes up a lot of room . You may also not want ti there so the video shows you how to clear it.

iOS 11 tips and tricks

iOS 11 has been beta tested since June 5th this year. Its official public release will be 19th September . Next week! I could have picked a shorter video but the one I have selected is well made and goes through everything you could possibly want to know about iOS 11. It does have a lot of features and it differs from previous iOS versions because there really is an emphasis on gesturing and features. A lot of people don’t get the best out of their devices because they are unaware of what they can actually do. Take 15 minutes to learn about iOS 11 and you’ll not only know a lot, you’ll get more out of your Apple phone and devices. There are 20 tips on techradar to help you too but the one about annoying Android friends could probably have been left out.

iPhone 8

The Apple Event of the iPhone 8 launch is going live on the Apple site on September 12th if you are interested.  It marks 10 years of iPhone releases and is the first event in the Steve Jobs Theatre. It is also will come with an iPhone which has changed quite a bit. The home key is gone. The gesturing is bigger and more important. Facial recognition is going to play a bigger role.  The graphics are OLED as opposed to LED. There has been a lot of anticipation about his phone because it is different. OLED means even better graphics for video. There is still no headphone socket and so bluetooth earphones/buds will be the option. It is about getting us to have good quality and top of the range phones without all the bits and pieces which hamper us. That has always motivated Apple. Bluetooth has issues as far as I am concerned. Until there  is really clear evidence that it is safe, I won’t be using it. They said the same when microwave ovens came out, time has passed and we are now more comfortable with microwave ovens. Electric Sense explains all the things related to radio and bluetooth waves quite clearly . Once we understand that, we can look at the issues and research with a better perspective. I am waiting to see what happens with the iPhone 8. Until now phones have been inclusive. I can’t always use a touch screen properly. I need physical keys. I had to use a number of phones before I could find one with a touch keyboard which I could use properly. Even so, I would be better with a psychical keyboard and they used to have phones like that. Not any more. The home key is fundamental to using the phone. If that , now, is just on the screen I can see myself having to press several times before I can action the phone. Until now those who needed that physical touch capability had it. If you change the sensitivity of the keys on the phone then all sorts of weird things happen. Haptic feedback certainly helps in my case and there is room for that to be improved. Meanwhile, the world is happy to be excited about this new iPhone release in the next couple of days. It will change things again. Znet has a good run down on what to expect.

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