I have wanted to love Drafts for years now. I like the idea of Drafts; a place where you input text and then you process it later, letting you capture the ideas before they run away, like a digital scratch pad.
But Drafts has become a little too intimidating for me. I love it, I really do, but I don’t use it, because I’m afraid I’m using it wrong. There are so many options, so many ways I can “process” my text when I’m done writing.
I don't remember the exact conversation, because it was a long time ago now. But the circumstances were something like this:
My best friend and I were in tenth grade, our first year in high school. It was mid autumn, it was cold, it was rainy, and frankly going to school had lost that sparkle. We decided there should be one day every school year where you're allowed to wear your pajamas to school and have a big comfy blanket as well. And we decided it should be “the first Friday after the first cold, miserable day of each fall.” So we told our friends that next Friday was the first Annual Blanket Day. We were heavily involved in choir which gave us an advantage; the choir program in our school ran to almost three hundred people, a goodly portion of the entire school.
Is about as much fun as you expect it to be. The keyboard is smaller, but autocorrect is better. Which is good, because I'm a fantastically lazy typist on a phone. I don't mind letting the little AI in there figure out what I'm trying to say when I mash wildly on the screen. Overall it's getting quite good at interpreting me. There are a few things it never gets right, but for some reason I can't trigger them right now...
Anyway, more when I get to a computer with an expensive mechanical keyboard.
Hello all! I wanted to let you know that I'm trying an experiment with Write.as' built-in monetization setup. I think this is the least intrusive way to make a little money off of this site; we'll see how it goes.
I've always been anti-ads. I can generally cover my hosting expenses out of my own pocket and I feel that advertising dilutes my point, when and if I have a point. I've tried things like Ko-fi (and you can still drop me a tip that way if you like!) but I haven't loved that either.
I like the route that Write.as has gone with making it easy to use Coil for monetization. The gist is this: if you have the Coil extension installed, and if you have put some money into your Coil account, it will “stream” a little bit of money to me while you read my site. If you read my site for an entire hour it would charge you about 36¢, so it's not exactly break-the-bank territory.
But I like the idea of having a passive way to pay for content if you're enjoying it, and removing the intrusive nature of online advertising from the mix. My goal is to leave my content front and center. No ads, no nag screens, and this is probably the only time I'll even mention it.
If you don't have Coil installed, if you don't pay for my content, then...well, nothing changes. I'll keep writing and you can keep reading what I write. I'm not expecting this to replace my day job, and even if I never make a penny I'll keep writing, if the past fifteen years are any indication. Thank you so much for reading!
Not a lot to say about this one. I've been playing with Hipstamatic X quite a bit lately, just for fun, just to relax. I'm not a world-class photographer, and I'm easily impressed by silly effects, so the Hipstamatic X app is perfect for me.
Sometimes it's “art house” camera, which applies silly effects to pictures, is a lot of fun. This was one of those times.
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