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Is Automattic Going To Save Tumblr’s Life?

Earlier this year, when it was announced that WordPress creator Automattic was to buy Tumblr, some optimism returned to the realm of creative blogging. Despite there being more free options for bloggers than ever before, most of them are woeful, and at the top of the tree, the spirit of blogging has been dying a painful death.

WordPress.com has shifted its commercial focus towards business websites, populating the platform with disengaged husks and decimating what was once a passionate writers’ community. Tumblr has suffered all kinds of problems in the hands of Verizon, and seen a catastrophic drop in usage as a result. Medium.com, proclaimed by some as the new king of serious blogging platforms, has been blighted with an elitist mentality, where a heavy curation bias sees ‘preferred authors’, with ‘preferred styles’, seizing the bulk of the visibility. And Blogger (.blogspot) has no real native community features at all. If you can code HTML and CSS, and you have a separate social media presence that can drive traffic, Blogger is unbeatable. But most people can’t, and don’t. Continue reading Is Automattic Going To Save Tumblr’s Life?

Did Jesus Christ Change His Identity?

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One of the fundamental spokes in the argument that Jesus Christ did not exist, is the total lack of evidence from his documented lifetime, and perhaps even more importantly, the period immediately after it.

The earliest surviving references to Jesus are approximately dated a good couple of decades after his supposed death. And one has to admit, the notion of a twenty year delay between an event, and the start of the viral buzz pertaining to it, is extremely difficult to assimilate in our modern world of instant worldwide communication. Continue reading Did Jesus Christ Change His Identity?

Has Medium.com Fixed Broken Publishing?

Has Medium Fixed Broken Publishing

In August 2016 I speculated, in a post about the blogging platform Medium.com, as to what the business’s future might hold.

At the time, I imagined that Medium’s most likely means of financing its existence would be increasingly heavy advertising. But this year, the platform switched to a subscription model in which users pay to read the site’s best content. Well, in theory the best, although that does depend on whether the best writers choose to lock their content behind the site’s optional paywall. If Medium’s best writers opt to keep their feed open to the wider Internet, in practice the best content will still be free. Continue reading Has Medium.com Fixed Broken Publishing?

How a Blogger Finds The REAL Money

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Last Thursday afternoon, I walked out of a boardroom after taking part in a conference call. In itself that was an achievement for someone who, back in the spring, was so crippled with social anxiety that he could barely even face a doctor.

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How To Make Big Money Online Doing Literally No Work

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You know it’s nothing more than a gateway to disaster, but you’re going to read it anyway. That’s why “Make Money Online!” articles are still a major battleground on the search engines.

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How To Get Greater Recognition as a Creator of Online Comedy

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I went in at the deep end with written humour, sending irreverent articles to printed magazines in the 1990s, and fortunately finding an editor who was only too pleased to publish and pay for them.

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Is Medium.com REALLY a Blogging Platform?

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Medium.com has become a rising force in online publishing. It’s certainly, at a glance, one of Web 2.0’s more intelligent-looking achievements. Indeed, it pretty much epitomises the modern face of value-driven web content. But is it really a blogging platform? And if not, what is Medium?… Twitter for grown-ups? The immaculately conceived lovechild of Hubpages? Let’s find out… Continue reading Is Medium.com REALLY a Blogging Platform?