Path.app does not report the correct phase of the moon.
I don't read Jezebel -- and there's a reason for that, I don't want it to come off sounding like "Oh, I don't own a TV" or "I couldn't be bothered to read Jezebel." I love that site, I think it's fantastic. It's totally part of the reason I'm doing what I'm doing. But it has to do with one of the two pieces of advice that Alex gave me when we had that sit-down before the site started. One: "Be as weird as you can, just so it stands out. Because who needs a new website?" Two: "Stop reading all-women’s sites, just so whatever you do isn't even obliquely referenced or influenced by things you read elsewhere." So I just don't read any of them at all, which is a very easy way to answer your question. I mean I've totally been on those sites, and I know what they're like."
If you quiet your mind and allow yourself to stop judging everything you will find that you have more potential for innovation (at work, in the kitchen, in the garage, in the bathroom [this just got weird - bringing it back], with your hobbies, with your thoughts) than you thought before. You were using the same brutal quality filter on yourself that you used on viral videos, talk radio, and blog posts. You deserve better."
David Tate is trolling here. There are reasons not to read or follow the work of folks in your space (as Edith explained re: Jezebel). Tate's post reminds me of productivity "experts" who are also legendary procrastinators. Consuming media quickly and efficiently is at the heart of remix culture, and when a product is built to produce microcontent that can be reused, people will be inspired to create.
Even further along the tangent, Chrysanthe notes that engagement comes from action1, and Matt offers a way to encourage that. I'd still like to be able to reply to or favorite favorites (especially ironic favorites).
Looks great, but this could have been blocked, right?
1 At the time of Chrysanthe's tweet the activity stream was still in a nascent state, repeatedly reminding me that Anil Dash and Jake Dobkin were favoriting "a tweet."