Funniest thing I’ve seen in a while on Twitter. Whilst I love Instagram I do tire of it in equal measure, especially all those fucking hashtags. There should be a limit of two per image.
I’m thinking of changing the title of this blog to “Via Lawrence” or maybe I should just set up vialawrence.tumblr.com. It seems like a lot of the content on here comes from him that I almost feel bad at adding the via thing at the bottom of the post. Anyway here’s the latest one which made me crease up at work.
Scary stuff. I need to disconnect more and relax / read books / learn to concentrate again.
Recently I heard the expression ‘one man and his blog‘* to summarise the same material being posted to every single blog on the internet. It’s perfectly true and you often see that same funny/colourful/slow mo/band video or series of images posted around. It’s usually referred to as ‘going viral’ although you don’t tend to hear that term so often now.
It is a bit of a problem though as a lot of people look at the same kind of sites either via a Twitter feed or an RSS feed. Sites like Kottke.org, Boing Boing, Colossal, The Retronaut, PetaPixel, Devour, It’s nice that, DesignBoom, Dezeen, Co Design etc usually have rich pickings for people looking for ‘cool stuff’. I also have a few nerdy ones that I occasionally find some good stuff on such as DaringFireball, ParisLemon, ShawnBlanc and Marco.org.
Sometimes that image/link/video is everywhere for a very good reason, it’s insanely good. But then most of the time it’s just good. Deciding what sets something apart in terms of interest and quality is difficult and nine times out of ten I add it to my Instapaper queue and come back to it later. Sometimes this can be days or even weeks before I reconsider it. Is it really worth posting? But then I consider my site as more of a scrapbook or journal really. Something for me, but also something that others might discover.
The other argument is perhaps, just because its everywhere why shouldn’t I post it too? I’ve often found that outside of the tech circle there’s far less penetration of some of these things. I often start a post with the words, It’s already been all over the Internet but…. As a way if excusing a repeat i guess for those who have seen it. I always find that there’s someone who will comment or engage with it as they missed it first time or it want in their circle online.
I think the key to all of this is making your site about your interests and what engages you. Sometimes that will overlap with the masses but often it won’t. As soon as you post cool shit because others will like it then I’m not so keen. Be yourself online I guess.
*Quote from Lawrence.
Fantastic look back at the BBC and all it’s different iterations from 1999 – 2013. Same old headlines but different BBC site. Funny that you don’t really remember how basic sites were back then. Maybe it’s due to incremental improvements but very nice to see it all laid out graphically like this.
I think I found this amazing Tumblr site via Brant Richards many years back and it’s been a fairly constant source of great cycling imagery. Viewing it on the website is great as you can just scroll and scroll forever with all those fantastic images trundling by. It might be easier to view all those images together in a wider format but that’s my preference.
I prefer to view this site in Reeder on my phone and laptop. Usually by the time I come to look at it theres a couple of hundred posts waiting to be viewed.
The images seem to cover all aspects of cycling including some weird and wonderful frame designs to the latest trends and theres always a link back if you want to find out more. The sheer variety makes it well worth viewing, especially if you’re in the post office queue etc. Add it to your daily viewed sites!
Emma really does say some funny stuff. I wish I had time to write it all down but there’s just too much of it. This kept me chuckling for a few hours recently.
I like social media but I don’t want to be too social because you end up with all these dicks in your timeline.
Wise words indeed.
I can almost see Emma rolling her eyes now – ‘Another blog Andy, reaaaaaallllly?’. Yes well I have made another little blog for all my Scaffold of the day pictures, which my sister recently described as ‘…a bit weird’. You can find it at scaffoldlove.com
and maybe I’ll buy a domain for it later. Why Tumblr? Well I don’t ever really want to clutter up my Flickr with Instagram photos. It seems like it’s just not the place for them.
The best thing is that I don’t need to ever update it, I just used the wonderful IFTTT website – which stands for If This Then That. So each time a photo on Instagram is tagged with #scaffoldlove it magically finds its way over onto this Tumblr page. All my Instagram shots also go to a massive album on Facebook, which probably annoys the hell out of everyone, using the same service.
Clever stuff when you think about it really. It’s amazing that you can fire up a new Tumblr blog in a matter of minutes and start posting content as well as automatically pipe stuff to it. This used to be so painfully hard but the internet does seem to be getting to the stage of “It just works” – very Steve Jobs – with all these clever services.