Repeating for time zone coverage:
Getting ready to send out a batch of Micro.blog stickers. If you’d like one, just send your name and mailing address to email@example.com. International is fine.
Repeating for time zone coverage:
Getting ready to send out a batch of Micro.blog stickers. If you’d like one, just send your name and mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org. International is fine.
Getting ready to send out a batch of Micro.blog stickers. If you’d like one, just send your name and mailing address to email@example.com. International is fine, though I only have poinsettia, i.e. holiday, stamps because that’s all I could get for int’l post.
The Feb. Photoblogging Challenge (+ March Bonus Days) is over. So impressed with the creativity and variety of posts. Manton has wired up a special Discover page in grid format which is fun to scroll through. So many thumbnails! (We have ideas on enhancing the display.)
Portland, Oregon / 2020-10-13, 11:30 a.m.
I love seeing photos from all over the world and getting to know people a little better by what they choose to share.
A Day In The Life: Micro.blog photo challenge
Starting Oct. 13, ending Oct. 14:
Starting Oct. 14, ending Oct. 15:
In October, Micro.blog is hosting a 24-hour photography challenge. Members of the community are asked to post one photo that presents a window on life where they are on one specific day.
Here’s how it works:
The challenge begins at 12 pm (noon) Central Time in the United States on Tuesday, October 13, and ends at the same time on Wednesday, October 14.
During this 24-hour period, take a photograph and post it, along with a caption that provides the location and local time.
You are also encouraged to include a sentence about why you blog or what your online community means to you.
Your post should fit into the 280-character limit of a micropost so that your photograph appears on the Micro.blog timeline.
Our goal is to have at least 100 participants from around the world in the challenge. Please register your intention to participate. We’ll email you a reminder, maybe two, so that you don’t forget and miss your opportunity to be part of this.
The challenge is inspired by the photography series A Day in the Life of… co-created by Rick Smolan and David Elliot Cohen, which launched with A Day in the Life of Australia in 1981.
“The series has acted as a time capsule of sorts to remind us to take joy in our remarkable similarities and celebrate our extraordinary differences.” – Liesl Ulrich-Verderber, “100 Photographers, 24 Hours: A Powerful Legacy,” Ever-Widening Circles
At the end of the August Photoblogging Challenge, I lamented that we didn’t have a gallery of all the submissions. Manton and I discussed what we could do for the next time, and he suggested using a tool that would let us manually add photo posts to a special Discover section for the challenge.
In theory, this would work very well for a future challenge. I tested it out on the August submissions, but it is nearly impossible to manually fish out 31 days of themed photos from many contributors. I put in a couple hours of reviewing and curating to see how it would work. You can view the gallery but please note:
It’s a proof of concept, not a complete record. A lot of photos are missing, so if you don’t see yours, feel free to let me know and I will get them added.
We will be adding a grid view as well.
Curating will work much better on a daily as-you-go basis, rather than trying to find everything after the fact. But it was really a nice experience reviewing the photos that I did. There were some I had appreciated properly the first time, or cool details I missed.
It’s September 1, which means our month-long photo challenge is over. It was a great thrill for me to see all the contributions each day, responding to creative prompts suggested by members of the Micro.blog community. Thanks so much to everyone who participated!
A number of people commented on the quality and the quantity of the resulting posts, compared to our first photoblogging challenge in February. I noticed a “leveling-up” too, though I didn’t try to quantify it. I do know we’ve had some very talented photographers join the community since February, but I also believe that the community as a whole has been more active in sharing their photos and appreciating Micro.blog’s potential as a photoblogging platform.
But, as the community becomes more prolific in challenges, this undermines one of the main purposes of Discover, which is to give a snapshot of what’s happening on Micro.blog. Adding so many photos overwhelms the text entries, and could make it harder for new or potential users to skim this sample timeline. I am going to work with Manton to figure out a way to showcase challenges in the future.
I’d love to hear your thoughts, either as replies on the timeline or emails to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our next month-long challenge will be Microblogvember, but I am cooking up some mini-challenge ideas to sprinkle into the schedule too.
View. (Day 8 of the Micro.blog August Photoblogging Challenge) #mbaug
Today marks 150 days of self-isolation. I’ve gotten to know my backyard view well.
Peace. (Day 4 of the Micro.blog August Photoblogging Challenge) #mbaug
A little nook in my backyard that I overlooked all these years, perfectly for early morning coffee.
ScreenCastsOnline released a 46-minute tutorial on how to use Micro.blog. The presenter is a voice known to the Micro.blog community, Rosemary Orchard. (The editor is another one of my favorite people in the Apple community, J.F. Brissette.)
If you are a Mac or iPhone user, and you like in-depth tutorials of software that are well-produced and well-presented, I highly recommend you check out ScreenCastsOnline. For a $8/month (or $72/year), you’ll enjoy access to a rich library of tutorials. I’m excited to announce that ScreenCastsOnline has generously made the Micro.blog tutorial available to everyone.
The service has been around since 2005, launched by Don McAllister, a popular speaker and producer. I’ve been following Don all this time. We worked together on tutorials for Smile’s products, and we’ve also shared many good times at Macworld, Blogworld, and the MacMania cruises. The ongoing popularity of SCO is a testament to Don’s passion for helping folks with comprehensive yet clear software tutorials.
I’ve created a detailed outline here of the topics that Rosemary covers, with timestamps for some frequently-used features, to help current Micro.blog community members to skip ahead. 😇
Getting started with a tour of Micro.blog website (1:00)
A tour of the options available under the Account tab (10:00)
Editing posts and site organization
Micro.blog compatible apps (31:00)
iPhone apps: Micro.blog and Sunlit (35:50)
This year, we would have held the 4th Annual WWDC Micro Meetup. Obviously, that can’t happen this year, but we would like to do a quick remote meetup so we can add another photo to our collection.
If you can make it at 12 noon PDT on June 23, (Tuesday lunch has been our tradition in San Jose), please come say a quick hello and give us a chance to capture a Zoom meetup group photo for 2020 for posterity. Sign up to receive the Zoom link and more details! All are welcome!
Update: 2020 WWDC Micro Virtual Meetup
2019 WWDC Micro Meetup
2018 WWDC Micro Meetup
2017 WWDC Micro Meetup
We’ve entered the second week of the Micro.blog May Challenge Sprints. Last week’s theme was quotations. 💬
This week is photos, each featuring a different color of the rainbow. The first day color is Red, then
Call no chain strong, which holds one rusted link.
Call no land free, that holds one fettered slave.
– Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Protest
(This poem was used in Season 5 of Orphan Black as the source of all the episode titles.) 💬 #mbmay
After the success of Microblogvember and the February Photo Challenge, we are ready to challenge you again. Instead of a single month-long focus, we thought it would be fun to break things up with a series of challenge sprints!
Each Monday in May, we’ll kick off a new weeklong challenge sprint. Here are the details:
May 4: Quotations 💬
Inspiring, funny, serious, joyful, famous, made-up: it’s up to you!
Bonus: We’ve just activated the quotation tagmoji as a Discover category.
May 11: Photos: Color-A-Day Challenge 📷
We’ll prompt you each day with the colors of the rainbow, starting with Red.
May 18: Book recommendations 📚
Which are the seven books you most love to share?
May 25: Artwork and drawings 🎨
Show off your own creations, or share someone else’s work.
We are not creating a new pin for this series. But your posts will count toward existing pins, such as:
And if your trying to earn the elusive 30-day Blogger pin, you’ll get very close if you post for 28 days in a row in this challenge.
We’ll post reminders about each day’s challenge, and we’ll also add your entries to the Discover feed. And if you feel the need to use a hashtag: #mbmay
I’m looking forward to hearing your voices! I am reactivating @microcaststudio to post tutorials and announcements of new microcasts. I am also planning to do some live online meetups. Let’s have fun with this. 🎙
Day 22 of the Micro.blog February Photoblogging Challenge:“spectacle.” I tripped on these stairs in a dark Austin bar, falling flat and making a spectacle of myself. I don’t seem to have any serious new injuries but 🤦♀️ ugh.
(Day 23: “station.”)
Day 20 of the Micro.blog February Photoblogging Challenge: “scale.” My rodent of unusual size. ❤️
(Day 21 prompt reminder: “progress.”)
Day 13 of the Micro.blog February Photoblogging Challenge (prompt: “rise”) is pretty much over.
The prompt for Day 14 is “warmth.” #mbfeb 🔥📷
If you are cross-posting your photoblogging challenge posts to Twitter, you can include the tag #mbfeb. We’ll be encouraging folks on Twitter to check out Micro.blog and participate, and we’ve extended the free trial period to cover the photoblogging challenge.
Welcome to Day 1 of the February Photoblogging Challenge. Today’s prompt is “open.”
To participate, all you have to do is post a photo that appears in the Micro.blog timeline. It’s helpful if you include the prompt word for Discover, but not required.
I posted the prompts for the February photoblogging challenge, and details about the extended free trial period for Micro.blog so you can invite others to participate. Let me know if you have questions. 🙋♀️🙋🙋♂️📸
The challenge runs from February 1 through March 1, for a total of 30 days. There is a prompt for each day, open to your interpretation. If you post a photo each day during the challenge, you’ll earn a special pin in your Micro.blog account.
We’ve extended the Micro.blog free trial period to coincide with the photoblogging challenge, so invite your friends to register for Micro.blog and join the challenge. Photoblogging is one of the most popular uses of Micro.blog, and a great way to get into a habit of posting.
The photo posts will be added to the Discover timeline and can be viewed in the Discover photos feed as well.
Update: if you include the prompt word with your photo, it will help us adding your posts to the Discover timeline. If you are cross-posting to Twitter, you can include the tag #mbfeb. We’ll be encouraging folks on Twitter to check out Micro.blog and participate, and we’ve extended the free trial period to cover the photoblogging challenge.
(A note about time zones: the prompts are organized by day, not date. In practice, folks in Australia and New Zealand will likely want to post February 2 - March 2. This won’t affect your pin eligibility—we’ve accounted for that.)
Day 1: Open Day 2: Sight Day 3: Reflect Day 4: Spot Day 5: Hide Day 6: Plant Day 7: Above Day 8: Contrast Day 9: Lull Day 10: Sign Day 11: Plain Day 12: Attachment Day 13: Rise Day 14: Warmth Day 15: Balance Day 16: Rest Day 17: Cool Day 18: Oppose Day 19: Space Day 20: Scale Day 21: Progress Day 22: Spectacle Day 23: Station Day 24: Double Day 25: Hurdle Day 26: Escape Day 27: Together Day 28: Below Day 29: Leap Day 30: Vision
The February photoblogging challenge starts in 2 days! The list of prompts will be posted tomorrow.
Do you have friends who would enjoy such a challenge? Invite them to Micro.blog now! We extended the trial period through March 1 for all new accounts to accommodate them. 📸🗓
Reminder: we are running a Micro.blog photoblogging challenge starting February 1. We are working on the prompts, a new pin, and a way to make it easy to invite your friends to join us on Micro.blog and participate. 🎉📸🗓
I’m looking forward to IndieWeb Camp Austin Feb. 22-23. It’s a great gathering of people who care about personal blogs at all levels of tech expertise.
Also, mark your calendars for Fri., Feb. 21, late afternoon/happy hour Austin Micro Meetup, downtown location TBD. 🎉
It’s the first Micro Monday of 2020. Post your suggestion of someone we should follow!
I am working on today’s episode of the podcast to be posted soon. Another good one! 🥳
One of my 2020 goals, now that I’m mobile again, is to organize and attend more Micro Meetups.
Portlanders: Here is a simple survey to get us started picking a time. No obligation!
I’d be happy to do a morning coffee or lunch AND a happy hour after-work meet up every month.
Another account to check out is @Gabrielcornish, who makes animated pixel art. We don’t include animations in the Discover timeline, but if you like them, you should go have a look at today’s 🎄.
It was surprisingly unnerving to be the guest on my own podcast. Manton interviewed me for his forthcoming book on indie microblogging. It was fun(ny) to recall my original expectations for Micro.blog. Thanks to everyone here for making this job much nicer than I anticipated!
Dec. 1: horrible
Dec. 2: panoramic
Dec. 3: knock
Dec. 4: wrist
Dec. 5: verse
Dec. 6: bewildered
That’s the final random word for the challenge extension.
Welcome to all the new community members! I think it’s a good time to highlight a few things I’ve written to help folks get started on Micro.blog.
On October 31, I mentioned to Micro.blog founder Manton Reece that I had seen references to a challenge called Blogvember. It sounded like a nice writing exercise for those who wanted to rededicate themselves to daily blogging, much like NaNoWriMo does for novel writers.
Micro All The Things!
Ever since I became the community manager of Micro.blog, I’ve developed an appreciation for the beauty of going “micro”: microposts, microcasts, micro meetups, microcosms of interesting humans interacting online on a human scale. I always think of prefixing things with “micro-” now, so I wondered if “Microblogvember” would have any appeal. I put the question to the community and got an enthusiastic response.
I came up with a simple way to generate daily random prompts (less work for me!) for people to incorporate into a short micropost (less work for everyone!). It was really fun and inspiring to see so many folks participate. Many commented that they were happy to have a nudge to get back into a daily writing habit.
This is what I like about a micro approach. Start with something small, and build on that. It also works with podcasting, for example. Micro.blog has spawned several microcasts (including our own Micro Monday) by making it easy to start small.
Starting small is great. And it’s also important to recognize the value of staying small, if that suits you or your project.
As I write this, there are fewer than 24 hours to go in the calendar day November 30, 2019. Today’s word is integrate. I look forward to seeing more posts from the community, as folks integrate blogging into their day.
A Few Lessons
1) Plan! Unfortunately, the idea didn’t hit me until October 31. It was already November 1 in some places, particularly New Zealand and Australia, where we have quite a few community members. Now that I know, I will be looking at my Focused 2020 Wall Calendar to schedule future challenges and get the word out in a timely manner. (We decided to extend the prompts into December, to give anyone who missed the beginning a chance to do 30 posts and earn the Microblogvember pin.)
2) Time zones make things a little awkward. For a calendar-based challenge like Microblogvember, I felt it was important to provide new prompts on the correct date in time for our friends on the other side of the International Date Line, a concept that gives me a headache! That might have been distracting for people who were still working a day behind. I have done challenges that just have numbered days, i.e. Day 1 is Day 1, regardless of the date, but then the Kiwis and others would be starting on November 2. I will be mulling this over, and would appreciate any feedback.
3) The random word generator was an excellent tool. It saved me from my natural inclination to curate a “perfect” list. Sometimes we got a word out of left field (woebegone?), but overall, the resulting list worked well. I plan to keep this tool handy, if only to give myself a random word when I need a theme or inspiration.
The 2019 Microblogvember Prompts
If you are new to Micro.blog and wondering what the heck Micro Monday is, here is a post that explains it:
In a nutshell, you’re encouraged to recommend another person that we should follow on Micro.blog.
I noticed a few references this week to an idea called Blogvember. It’s like Inktober, with daily prompts for inspiration for blogging rather than drawing.
So of course, I wondered if we could do Microblogvember, to encourage folks to post something short on their blogs everyday. Spurred on by enthusiasm from the Micro.blog community (and friends on Twitter!), I’ve come up with this plan:
1) Every day I will go to a random word generator to get the latest prompt and post it.
2) Participants write a micropost, 280 characters or fewer, that includes the prompt word.
In the spirit of other challenges, you can do any variation of this that suits you: write something inspired by the word, write a longer post and link to it, etc. But I’ve made the basic instruction as simple as possible, so it’s fun while helping you flex that writing muscle and establish a daily writing habit.
On Micro.blog, you’ll earn a new Microblogvember pin for your account.
(Manton and I are still working out the exact details of the requirement.) Use the abbreviation “mbnov” or the word Microblogvember so we can credit you for the post. Just post at least once a day in November, and you’ll earn the pin. (And if you haven’t yet earned the 30-day blogger pin, you’ll get that too!)
Email me if you have questions email email@example.com.
November 1: key
November 2: mark
November 3: fancy
November 4: mean
November 5: street
November 6: stick
November 7: frightening
November 8: star
November 9: cold
November 10: space
November 11: touch
November 12: stay
November 13: able
November 14: neck
November 15: murky
November 16: selective
November 17: superb
November 18: build
November 19: abate
November 20: second
November 21: hollow
November 22: hum
November 23: woebegone
November 24: company
November 25: secure
November 26: mix
November 27: rich
November 28: property
November 29: fantastic
November 30: integrate
note: We’ll supply prompts through December 6, as promised, to give folks a few extra days to complete 30 days of microblogging during Microblogvember and earn the pin.
December 1: horrible
December 2: panoramic
December 3: knock
December 4: wrist
December 5: verse
December 6: bewildered
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