Aaron’s Notes — April 2016

When it comes to blogging, even on Medium, I have noticed that there is a fairly high bar before I will write a post about something.

Twitter has two particular advantages. The first is that it forces brevity to the point where the energy required to post a tweet means that there are orders of magnitude more opportunities to tweet throughout a day. The second is that twitter has a tight feedback loop compared to other medium which I find really stimulating. I value the conversations.

I’m committing to write at least one post a month on Medium which I will call Aaron’s Notes. Instead of writing on one particular subject, sometime throughout the month I will post something that covers some of my thoughts and interests. Rather than post at the end of the month about what has already happened I’ll try to update it as things happen. If there is something I want to talk about in more than a tweet or two I’ll probably expand on it here. I’ll refine the thoughts I had earlier instead of writing a post and forgetting about it. It gives a chance for me to iterate on certain ideas much like I do with software development.

It also lets others join in via Medium’s Public or Private Notes. Just want to say hi? Share an idea? Can you help me “omit needless words”? Each “Aaron’s Notes” post is a living document. Please leave a note. Human interactions are where the magic is.

I expect that some ideas in each note will probably become their own post where warranted.

Credit goes to Mark Suster who described how he writes in a Finding a New Medium (thanks for sharing Hillel Fuld!). “Publish or perish” is a great concept for writers. Mark writes:

I start and finish. I’m not being flippant but that’s the number one recipe. I publish or perish. I’m in the game consistently and I’ve had my 10,000 hours. I don’t worry that each and every post will be a work of art or talked about. I know that if I obsess over any individual post I would simply never write.

This reminds me a bit of “Fire and motion”, which Joel Spolsky wrote a great post about with particular reference to software developers.

Some thoughts…

More and more people whose content I enjoy reading are hopping aboard the Medium train. Often instead of their own blogs or have migrated their blog here entirely. Medium isn’t just for when you get fired any more. I used to follow a handful of my favorite blogs and now I would much rather read the same posts via Medium’s very consistent interface.

Scott Hanselman shared a fascinating post about Chatting with Prince on AOL in 1999.

Many people I know and a good number of reviewers really like the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (engadget review). I don’t own one yet and it may be edged out by a Surface Book or something Lenovo, but it looks like Microsoft has really nailed it on the hardware side.

Toronto’s property market is super tight and very hot right for both purchase and renting/leasing. I also feel it’s fairly inefficient. There’s no Zillow, Trulia or RadPad here and that’s a pity. And has eBay given up on Canada’s favorite classifieds service, Kijiji? Are Kijiji and Craigslist really the only non-MLS options for people to find places to live?

I joined Snapchat and it’s hard to believe the lack of a user/content discovery mechanism (ps: go and follow howardlindzon and Hillel Fuld). How do you find people to share with? How does your Twitter graph differ from your Snapchat graph? So far I’ve been Snapchatting pictures of my coffee and other things I find interesting but without something that brings as much value as Twitter I’d probably lose interest. Send me a tweet or note if you use Snapchat! And how or why do you use it?

What are you reading? I’ve always been gripped by a burning desire to learn more about things and it has made me insatiable reader and the internet supplies a steady stream of very interesting reading. I noticed Shopify’s Tobias Lütke mentioned something similar about his team in his interview with the NY Times. I just noticed I can’t copy/paste a quote from it because the NY Times blocks copying blocks of text. That reminds me of the “please don’t right click” javascript pop ups from 1999 that attempted to stop people leeching images.

That’s all for now folks. More to follow.

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