The YouTube Situation, Explained (Part 2)

We need to talk about the infamous YouTube algorithm. Not how it works, specifically, but what I’m certain it’s intended to do. This extends to all algorithms on all social media, where the platform decides what you get to see rather than just giving you what you asked for, in chronological order. YouTube is an […]

The YouTube Situation, Explained (Part 1)

For those who pay no attention to these sorts of things, here’s a short recap of what’s been happening on YouTube over the past week, with my analysis. The reason I care is because it affects creators, and it’s got potential ramifications that could set precedents on other platforms that creators use. YouTube Comment Sections […]

Navigating Digital Information Navigating Digital Information A month ago, author John Green quit social media. He’s spending more time reading newspapers, meeting with people face to face, and just enjoying the lack of interruptions. All of which sounds strangely familiar to me. Hmm. He’s also hosting a free course on Navigating Digital Information. The series is backed […]

Blogging and Media Consumption

There was a time, during the ‘peak blogging’ era, when the medium was an effective news aggregator. There were a handful of trusted sites that would post links, often with a synopsis or commentary, to stories of interest. Most of those were topical, so my feed would have blogs for movie news, gaming news, regional […]

Self-Care Without Self-Awareness

There’s a good piece over a Tiny Buddha today titled Escape Isn’t Self-Care. Too many people embrace avoidance behavior, but don’t do much else to nurture their physical and mental health. It’s self-care without self-awareness, because you’re not acknowledging how you feel, or why you feel that way. You can never address the underlying issue […]

Blogging in the Age of Social Media

This is not another post where I rant about the well-documented evils of [insert social platform here]. Instead I want to talk about blogging in the age of social media. There are problems that it creates for bloggers, while writing a blog can begin to alleviate some of those symptoms. Blogs Demand Your Time There […]