I can't tell you how excited I am to share this news. As some of you may have already noticed, there are two more blogs on SETT, bringing the count to four.
As I've mentioned before, I only read about four blogs regularly. One of those is Sebastian Marshall, which is why I'm especially proud to have him switched over to SETT. After myself and DROdio, he's the third blogger to move to the platform. If you like my stuff, you'll almost certainly love his stuff, too. My very favorite article of his is this one.
Number four is my good friend, Brian Sharp with Made of Metaphors. You might recognize him from his consistently awesome community contributions and comments here. A bit of trivia-- Brian is actually the first friend I ever made. We used to both live in Massachusetts, and we became friends in preschool.
It's funny-- in the past two weeks each one of us has had a post on the front page of Hacker News. At one point there were over five hundred people visiting SETT per minute, but SETT handled it no sweat-- and it's still running on a single server with a processor from 2006!
These first few bloggers have been chosen very carefully to help refine SETT. I wanted to make sure that the people suggesting features and complaining about issues were all people I respect and trust, because they'll end up impacting what SETT becomes. DROdio's influence can already be seen throughout (for example, he pushed for cross-site promotion). I also owe a huge debt of gratitude to you readers-- the way you've all used SETT has also had a big impact and has enabled us to build SETT much faster than we could have in a vacuum..
Anyway, I try to avoid turning this blog into the SETT-news-everyday blog, but I wanted to acknowledge the new blogs coming to the platform and share them with you. Please welcome them by visiting their blogs and reading their sweet sweet posts.
I'm back in the US now, but I'm heading to Mexico in a week and then China a couple weeks after that. Photo is of Machu Picchu, which you should definitely go visit at some point in your life. It's a lot more interesting than I thought it would be.
SETT is great but the upvote button is broken. I accidentally double-clicked up and it subtracted one vote.
Please write a post about rap music, Tynan! I have a feeling you and I view the genre and the state of popular music very differently. But maybe I'm just mad that Juvenile and DMX aren't on the TV every day anymore.
Pleasanton, CA/PGH, PA
Something seems to be broken with the RSS feed subscribe button towards the top of the page (sometimes works for your site, but is not working for Sebastian's site), or maybe I am doing it wrong. Usually when I click that button it will bring up a page where I can choose to subscribe via google reader etc. But here when I click the "front page RSS feed" button it just open up a new page with the posts in text format. There is no way to choose google reader etc as my preferred way to receive the RSS feeds.
For the last year or so I've been working on something big, which I've been stubbornly keeping a secret. I know that this has been annoying to readers, but I felt that skirting around the issue was slightly better than avoiding it altogether. Of course, it's also been hard for me to keep it a secret, since I really love talking about what I'm working on.
We're not done yet, but the light at the end of the tunnel is in view, so I figure it's probably a good time to introduce what we've been building.
The project is called SETT, and it's a new blogging platform. Over the next few weeks I'm going to talk more about what specifically we're doing, but first I want to talk about the problems we're solving.
Bloggers care about one thing: audience. We want to reach as many people as possible, and we want to connect with them in a meaningful way. None of the current blogging platforms are optimized for either of these goals.
I'm a big believer in the "Four Birds" philosophy of life - whenever possible, I want to kill four birds with one stone. I want to produce, consume, learn, and connect - all at the same time if possible. And the more I layer on top of that, the better. Can I enjoy, relax, recharge, adventure? Five birds? Six birds? Why not?
While other people are watching a movie passively, can I make a couple interesting notes from the dialog and research what it's inspired by? Can I show the link between a new movie and an old Kurosawa Akira movie? Can I publish that, creating a cool way for people who like cinema to learn, and to connect with people who like great cinema? Can I consume the movie, produce an insightful review and research, learn more about cinema and art, and connect with good people all at the same time? Can I enjoy the process, relax even while working, recharge and feel invigorated, and perhaps it'll lead to an adventure? Seven birds with one stone? Why not? We all get 24 hours per day, if I want to be doing massively important things, I can't be taking it one bird at a time.
I've been working on this lately. When I start consuming something great, how can I also produce something for my friends and colleagues, learn more in the process, and connect with great people?
I've been looking for these opportunities for a while, and I'm starting to see them everywhere. Today, I'm pleased to announce DROdio-izing Day 1.
I came across Daniel Odio a little more than a week ago on Hacker News. He comes across pretty brilliant to me - a rare mix of strategist/tactician/teacher. He's a technology entrepreneur who built high technology into an established business - real estate - before moving into development. When I found Odio's site, I was really impressed. But the article that really pushed me over the top was - "Why Henry Ford Would Love Blogs." I felt like - wow, this guy gets it. A grasp of history, high level strategy, an understanding of how and why to make decisions, and how to turn high level strategy into solid tactics. And he can communicate it clearly and teaches how to think that way. Wow.