Posts Tagged Meta

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Recent events have made me very disappointed in the actions of ‘Samantha Bielefeld’, someone who you may have heard of. While I don’t understand the whole situation, I understand that ‘Bielefeld’ is actually a man pretending to be a woman in order to write from a ‘unique’ perspective.

I feel betrayed by this, but more so that I’ve duped my own readers. I’ve updated all posts concerning this issue, including my ‘Thoughts on the Patronage Model Debate’ post.

More to come.

One Year of Command-Z

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

One year ago, I decided I wanted to contribute something more substantial to the community than just tweets or stupid quips. I can’t believe what I’m about to write, but it’s already been a year since I started this blog as a platform to communicate my own thoughts on technology, design, and media.

In this time, not only have I developed a tiny following of readers, but I’ve also had the opportunity to improve my own writing, and get acquainted with the nuances and practices in this community of technology bloggers that have helped me improve my own writing. By writing regularly, I’ve become better at voicing my thoughts in a way that I find engaging yet concise.

So far this year, I’ve written 320 posts (including link posts, and this one). That’s on average, 0.88 posts a day, a number I’m proud of. Of those 20 posts, 42 are substantial articles that I’ve worked hard on, while the rest are posts that serve only the purpose of linking to others’ work and to add on thoughts. It’s not a ratio I’m proud of, but I’d like to see this improve in the future1.

In addition to this blog, I’ve also launched other projects: Yellow Signal on Medium, a review blog that isn’t as regular, but is a collection of app reviews and interviews with interesting people. Also, I’m launching a podcast in the near future that I hope will give listeners an interesting perspective on technology from a student’s perspective.

It’s only been one year, but I would say it’s a success: not in terms of metrics, but in terms of my own personal growth as a writer. Next year, I aim to focus on more substantial writing: while quantity may be a metric others are more interested in, my interests lie in quality. I don’t want to write ‘often’, I want to write well. Next year, even if the aforementioned numbers don’t increase, I want to write content that people actually enjoy.

  1. In fact, I’ve cut down on link posts after reading Joe Caiati’s excellent post arguing that newer blogs should not try to emulate Daring Fireball today, but rather to focus on writing more substantial pieces. 


Monday, 2 November 2015

I’ll have to stop writing for a while now because things are getting busy at school. I’m going into my GCSE years and I need to prioritize my studies before my own hobbies (although I hate to call this that). I’m not happy with making this decision but I need to do this in order to focus on my own future. As CGP Grey outlines in his own post, it seems like taking a break to focus on something more important seems right.

While I won’t update this site for a while (perhaps a couple months), you can still find me and my terrible jokes, quips, and incorrect commentary on technology on Twitter.

Command-Z on Apple News on an iPad

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Command-Z in Apple News
This looks glorious. You can add Command-Z to Apple News if you're running iOS 9 here.

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Command-Z is now available on Apple News!

Follow the link above to see Command-Z’s channel on Apple News, if you’re running iOS 9 beta 3.

Just after WWDC, I sent Apple Command-Z’s information, and I got a confirmation (and acceptance!) just three days later.

An Update on Yellow Signal

Saturday, 25 April 2015

A few weeks ago, I decided that I needed to sort things out a bit. I was torn between this blog, and the new blog, Yellow Signal. I put linked posts on both blogs, struggled between differentiating them, and had no idea how to divide my time between them.

I did my main app reviews, arguably my best writing so far, on Yellow Signal, with only measly linked posts on this blog. It’s been a long time since I’ve written any worthy analytical piece on this blog, which is ironic considering that was its purpose.

I’ve tried redefining the purpose of Yellow Signal, and I think I’ve found the perfect way of doing so.

I’ve outlined our new focus for Yellow Signal in a post which can be found here, but I haven’t really talked about what’s happening to this blog. The idea is that Yellow Signal will be all about app reviews and interviews, instead of the tutorials, reviews and interviews as planned before. We plan to put out a review and an interview every week, so that it’s not taxing on both of us (Harshit is helping me out too). We’re planning on alternating who does the review and the interview.

As for this blog, I’m excited to finally do a bit more regular writing for Command-Z. In addition to the daily linked list, I’d like to publish a few analytical articles and thoughts too, especially with the launch of the Apple Watch and what it means for users and developers alike.

To paraphrase Jim Gordon, “It’s a new day for Command-Z.”

Soulver Review, and Meta Things

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

I reviewed Soulver for my sister site, Yellow Signal.

I guess what’s happening now is that Yellow Signal is becoming a place where I review and interview people, and this site is where I write meta-ish things and linked list posts. I’m not sure how to bide my time between both, and duplicating posts would be suspicious. I should redefine the purpose of Yellow Signal so that I can still get quality content for this blog.

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