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We have stopped blogging

We have stopped blogging

Once blogging was a thing

Not a thing to talk about business

But a place where people would share

ideas

thoughts

moments

emotions

stories

with each others.

I think we should do more of that

We should start blogging again.

We should bring this conversation back.

We left to the Facebooks and the Twitters take the control of the conversations

(and no, I am not ranting against these platforms, for a change… see, I actually think Facebook and Twitter and social media as a whole has enabled a lot more people to get in touch with each other… the fact that they do other very bad thing is a different story, but fundamentally, as a conversational platform, they are pretty good…)

The thing is

Blogs are different.

Blogs are like open emails for the world to see.

A weblog – AKA a “Blog” – is – to quote wikipedia – “a discussion or informational website published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete, often informal diary-style text entries (“posts”).”

Blogs  also used to have “Blogroll” – sort a primitive shoutout where you could feature some other bloggers.

Blogrolls or the “links” section of your site would be a very significant way to find information on the web in a pre-google era – because existing search engine would be okay-ish to get started on a topic, but would lack the accuracy required to actually get a thorough coverage of a topic.

The peer-to-peer nature of this link exchange would allow a very qualitative referals and a way to sort of endorse and recommend others…

I do realise this whole post kinda feel like a bad “Pepe Farm remembers” – but the point I am trying to make is that blogging – the writing form of exchanging has sorta lost its genuine aspect inherent to human communication and has turned into an instrumentalised way to bait an audience into lead generation which goes very much against the reason why people went online on the first place – i.e. – to access quality information from other peers.

So yeah, I wish blogging would make a come back.

If you want to read a more structured point of view on the topic, I’d redirect you to altplatform.org an initiative to revive the IndieWeb… and – it is dead – so yeah, you can check the short history of Altplatfom archived here.

Let’s wrap up here

I’ll try to keep blogging in a more blogging sense of the term… maybe I’ll understand why people have stopped 🙂

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Be interesting to somebody

Not to anybody.

You cannot be interesting to anybody.

Whatever medium you are using to express yourself – it won’t work with every human being.

So instead of trying to please the world – go make sure the people your information is intended to reach – actually catch their attention.

If you don’t know – just pick one and go with it.

You will have an other opportunity tomorrow to write for the other crowd you have ignored today.

Content lose its impact when you try to talk to too many people at once.

If you don’t know what the people you want to reach care about – try something and throw it out there.

 

Internet is a place for conversation.

You don’t make more conversation happen if you shut up.

Best conversations are always the ones we start.

Just don’t try to talk to everybody at once or even say everything at once.

 

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How to post with WP-CLI

Right, so this is probably not for everyone – but I just wanted to share.

#Disclaimer

I am real big fan of VI and I do tend to think the default WordPress interface is a bit confusing, especially – if you just want to write.

 

Too many option, too much stuff on the screen.

 

When the stress is ON and my attention-span is reduced to the one of a goldfish, it becomes really easy to lose your focus – and WordPress admin doesn’t help much. That is why I like VI so much – and thereore I was looking for a way to deploy it for the management of my writing.

Vim plugin – not this time

Before you just say – “hey there is a plugin for that” – (If you don’t know, Vim as a bunch of plugin and I would advise you check VimAwesome to get an idea of how many things you can do with this tiny piece of software.) So obviously among all the plugins, there are a few dedicated to manage your WordPress blog directly in VIM. However, after I tried doing this in the past with Sublime Text – turned out to be too much of an issue and was interfering with my regular coding sessions.

WP-CLI is your friend

So lets start with the fact that WP-CLI *is* awesome in itself.

In case you never heard of it – it is a very clean – intuitive – command line tool for managing WordPress.

It is designed to handle most of (nearly everything) of WordPress (and if you wanna more about it – just go check their website)

and it turns out you have a few “interactive” editing tools for publish…

 

Handy commands

$ wp post <command>

The core command to manage your post – i.e : creating, listing, editing, updating, etc.

  1. Create a new post

$ wp post create ./source-file.txt –post_category=105 –post_title=”You title”

2. List existing draft

$ wp post list –post_type=”draft”

3.Edit an existing draft

$wp post edit 1443

which will edit the given post (in VI – if vim is your default editor) – and then when you just escape – save exit – it will auto publish the new version.

That’s basically it.

 

Now – further development are about combining this tool with a similar tool – producing text – like Notional Velocity (Mac) or Terminal Velocity (Linux/Unix) – SimpleNote (Windows/Mac/Linux). and adding some extra commanding line tooling for image preview and image upload for which we could use tranfer.sh maybe…

 

That is really all there is to it – but I just to share cause i was excited about this whole set up.