Swapping "output" for "input" - taking a blogging holiday
I’ve had some great feedback over the last few weeks from several people on how much they’ve been enjoying the currybetdotnet blog recently, and lots of questions about how I manage to keep the pace of publishing up. Well, one of the ways I keep up my enthusiasm for blogging is to periodically take a break from it. I’m well overdue one of my “blogging holidays”, so you can expect this to be the last post for a while.
I’m not just taking a break though.
Partly inspired by the lovely people I’ve been working with on the relaunch of the Guardian Books site, enthused by conversations with Mary Hamilton, Matthew Solle and Karen Loasby, and definitely with a view to trying to connect some ideas beyond the worlds of information architecture and journalism, I’m going to be actively trying to swap “output” for “input”.
My intention is to take all the time I usually spend writing for the blog, and turn that into time that I spend reading. You can follow my progress on one of our new Guardian book lists. Please feel free to suggest titles (including fiction) that I should be reading over the next few weeks in the comments below, which will remain open for a few days. I’ll then be switching comments off across this site, and recharging my blogging batteries to return in the summer.
In the meantime, in case you missed something along the way, here are the most popular blog posts I’ve written this year:
1. The vandalism of the BBC’s online history
The most popular blog post in terms of page views so far in 2011 has been my anger at the BBC’s blatant attempt to impress the government by announcing the closure of nearly 200 websites, many of which were “mothballed” anyway, and some of which are the oldest available unique slices of the history of presenting news on the web.
2. All your IA Summit slides are belong to us
Although I initially described it as futile, I’ve gathered together over 70 sets of slides, reading lists, activity sheets, sketchnotes, videos and blog posts from the recent IA Summit in Denver.
3. The iPad, iA Writer, and prolific blogging
The secret of my prolific blogging is using the iA Writer on an iPad balanced on my knees on my morning commute. It gives me twenty minutes of dedicated writing time every day. Which will now be twenty minutes of dedicated reading time.
4. 5 lessons from an Information Architecture career
The conclusion of my keynote talk at the Polish IA Summit was the five key lessons I’ve drawn from 13 years of making digital products - pragmatism, empathy, trust, leadership and experimentation.
5. RSS dead for newspapers? Not at The Guardian it isn’t
Because it has never had widespread mainstream adoption, someone always seems to be ringing the death knell for RSS. The removal of the little orange icons from some newspaper websites sparked this latest scare, which looked at RSS mainly as a consumer proposition, rather than as an information transfer mechanism.
6. The great BBC website massacre - the BBC replies to criticism
Following the announcement of plans to delete a wide range of websites from BBC Online, the BBC was forced to issue a clarifying statement. This was my reaction to it.
7. Is Guardian live blogging really the “death of journalism”?
My response to a blog post that derided the live blogging format of The Guardian website’s overnight coverage of the Christchurch earthquake earlier this year.
8. “Telling Stories with Data” - the BBC's Scott Byrne-Fraser at London Hacks/Hackers
I attended this Hacks/Hackers talk which looked at the processes and story-telling techniques used by the BBC interactives desk.
9. The Guardian's Paul Lewis on crowd-sourcing investigative journalism with Twitter
My notes from an event which saw a panel including Paul Lewis discuss “crowd-sourcing”. Paul recounted the journalism behind his use of Twitter to report on the deaths of Ian Tomlinson and Jimmy Mubenga.
10. “Neither TV station nor repurposed website” - Sky News app for the iPad
I think that Sky News have done something really different and innovative with the way they present their content on the iPad.
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