Sonant Thoughts

Sonant Thoughts

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50: Time To Change
Sep 10
I can’t believe we’ve reached episode 50! Sonant Thoughts has been running for nearly 6 months and it’s time to make a few changes. As always, thanks for listening. You’re awesome! Read the full post…
49: Comment Wrap Up
Sep 6
Wrapping up thoughts on comments and engagement as a whole. Quantity vs quality, open vs closed, and everything that goes with it. Links: More on comments… Opening up comments again Read the full post…
48: Bored
Sep 3
There needs to be change. I have to shake things up as I need a new challenge. Subscribe: via RSS or iTunes For all episodes visit: /podcast/
47: Milestones And Mixing It Up
Aug 30
As I approach the 50 episode milestone I’m still enamoured by being able to record anywhere and at any time I want but it’s not always as simple to come up with a topic to record about. Read the full post…
46: My Beef With Social
Aug 27
So, what exactly is my beef with social networks? Why have I abandoned them and what would it take for me to return to somewhere like Twitter having been such a heavy user for so long? Read the full post…
45: Taking Notes
Aug 23
Ongoing thoughts about my requirements in a writing app and whether I should stick with Ulysses. Also, why I just don’t get on with nvAlt. Links: Rethink, reconsider, reevaluate An app quandary Read the full post…
44: What Kind Of Blogger
Aug 20
“What kind of blogger are you?” How a simple question led to some soul searching, acceptance and a realisation. Subscribe: via RSS or iTunes For all episodes visit: /podcast/
43: Waiting For Final
Aug 16
In line with my different approach to beta testing, this is the first year for quite a while that I have not installed an OS beta (iOS or Android) on my phone - my primary device. Read the full post…
42: Discussing Comments
Aug 13
The discussion around blog comments (should they, shouldn’t they, and how) is almost as old as blogging itself. New platforms and technologies reignite this discussion as alternative ways of handling the conversation are explored. Read the full post…
41: What’s In It For Me?
Aug 9 • 2 min
My attitude to beta testing has changed over the years and I think that now makes me a better tester. The expectations and motivations for testing are a major factor and we just have to be grown up about it. Read the full post…
40: Quick To Judge
Aug 6
Testing alternative email apps between the phone and Mac made me realise just how fussy I can be about apps. We above incredibly quick to judge faced with almost endless variation and competition. Should we slow down and take our time? Read the full post…
Test Audio 1
Jul 29
This is a quick test of a post with an audio enclosure that’s not a normal microcast post. The enclosure doesn’t say anything interesting but you can listen if you like 😉 Read the full post…
39: Fingers And Thumbs
Jul 26
Why don’t I use traditional computers as much as I should? Why do I choose to use my phone so often even when sat in front of a laptop? Is it convenience or design? Or is there another reason altogether? Read the full post…
38: Raw
Jul 23
I mentioned in a previous episode about how I wanted to move in the opposite direction to those producing highly professional podcasts. Well, this is raw. Recorded while walking complete with cars and other background noise, I talk about the flexibility…
37: Our Unedited Voice
Jul 19
What is a blog? What should a blog be? Where is the line between chosen topic and personal content, and should we cross it? Are the answers to these questions purely personal or are they moulded by external influences, and what effect does this have? Read…
36: The Power Of Ecosystem
Jul 16
There is a definite advantage to having multiple devices within the same ecosystem. The interconnection between them grants an added layer of utility each cannot provide on their own. Rather than looking for a killer app or feature, the sum of these…
35: Four Months
Jul 12
Where has the time gone? It’s exactly four months to the day that I upload Episode 0 of the microcast. Here I talk about what I want to do with it in future and how I want to do things. Read the full post…
34: Forbidden Fruit
Jul 9
The rallying cry of the open web is that the tools are available to anyone but that often falls short. Availability is as much a barrier to adoption as knowledge and it is easy to understand the accusations of elitism. Read the full post…
33: Choosing Your Target
Jul 5
Social networks change how we create. By working to the limitations they enforce we are, in turn, limiting ourselves and what we can do. The networks should be an afterthought in our creative processes where we choose how to publish based on the content…
32: Journalling
Jul 2
Writing publicly is very different to writing privately and requires a different mindset if it is to be done properly. Journalling and blogging can crossover to a point but the former needs specific disciplines to work and to provide value. Read the full…
31: Misunderstandings
Jun 28
Writing for the web can be hard. The words we use are only a fraction of our total communication so, when they are all we have, it is imperative we use the right ones. Read the full post…
30: Opening Up
Jun 25
Our websites are the little parts of the internet that we own and control and, especially when they are personal, they should reflect who we are. Rather than be quite so focused I want the blog to become more of a personal reflection, to take on a…
29: Focused
Jun 21
Our phones can be incredibly productive devices but also massive distractions. We can take steps to ensure they are the former rather than the latter. It’s not perfect but I have made some key decisions to prevent my phone from facilitating me wasting…
28: Pressing The Case
Jun 18
The widespread adoption of #indieweb technologies will only happen if it is made simple, maybe even simpler than the alternatives. This will likely only happen by stealth, by introducing it as core functionality rather than something that needs to be…
27: Filler Or Process
Jun 14
When is writing about writing a cop out, just filler content, or when is it part of the process itself? Should we always be seeking to impart a message? Personal blogs in particular are a journey, an ongoing story, where the examination of process is just…
26: User Experience
Jun 11
Design isn’t just about how something looks but also about how it works. One without the other may lead to a bad user experience. The recent changes to the blog have forced me to think about design in a more holistic manner. Read the full post…
25: Full Circle
Jun 7
How I now approach the blog has had a big impact on how much I post and what I post - more thoughts rather than essays. I realise I’ve actually come full circle. Read the full post…
24: Terrorists Will Not Win
Jun 4
Westminster. Manchester. London Bridge. How many more times? How many more needless innocent deaths? The terrorists will not win. Subscribe: via RSS or iTunes
23: In The Wild
May 31
Tinkering with code to fill gaps in your own workflow is one thing but having other people use it in the wild is something else. Links: I’m always in awe… Read the full post…
21: Ten Years
May 24
Ten years is an eternity in internet time - we’ve come so far but, in some ways, taken backward steps so it’s easy to get nostalgic. We can each do our bit to reclaim the spirit of the old web. Read the full post…
20: Broken
May 21
The web is broken, at least in how it rewards content and creativity. The attention economy favours extremes in the name of views and ad impressions with social platforms accused of compounding the problem. But there is a growing backlash. Read the full…
19: Work In Progress
May 17
Thoughts on influence, change and how nothing should be the finished article. Links: Manton Reece Subscribe: via RSS or iTunes
18: Getting Distracted
May 14
Some thoughts on boredom, distraction and the self-application of labels to make us feel less different. Links: Webmentions directory Getting Plugged In - Part 1 Getting Plugged In - Part 2 Read the full post…
17: Whose Problem Is It Anyway
May 10
The issues with content distribution and display raise some fundamental questions about how we approach creation on our own sites, but whose problem is it? We can’t expect the various services to always treat our data as we would like despite the ideals…
16: A Bit Meta
May 7
When starting a new project or venture you’re never sure how well it’s going to go. It can be a big surprise when things ramp up a lot quicker than you ever expected. Read the full post…
15: Answer The Question
May 3
We need to answer the questions that are asked of us rather than respond to what we think they should be. We can become caught up in an idea and pushing an agenda, even if we don’t need mean to, under the guise of being helpful. Read the full post…
14: Learning Together
Apr 30
You can’t be an expert on something when it has only just begun but you can bring your previous experiences to bear as a reference and a platform to build from. Read the full post…
13: Experts And Learners
Apr 26
Experts teach and learners learn, and ne’er the train shall meet. At least that’s what we are told. Those learning, however, can teach us just as much by detailing their journey. Read the full post…
12: Targets
Apr 23
We set ourselves targets from big, life changing things to the smallest wish but often focus on the wrong things. We need to realise when the tasks on which we exert our efforts probably don’t matter as much as we think. Read the full post…
11: Preparation And Nerves
Apr 19
You can prepare all you want, for as long as you like, but it’s never the same as actually getting started. A few more thoughts on the impending Kickstarter launch of Micro.blog and why I’m nervous. Read the full post…
10: Filling Time
Apr 16
Ideas can be expressed much quicker and simpler than we first imagine, the brevity leaving us unsure of their worth. We want to expand on them to add flesh to their bones but are just needlessly padding them out. Read the full post…
9: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Apr 12 • 4 min
Time is a significant limiting factor for new social networks, we only have so much and spend it on our existing networks of choice. But, what if there was another way to bootstrap a new network? Read the full post…
8: Talking Twitter
Apr 9
Twitter is in an awkward position trying to balance simplicity against product innovation. It is also the subject of more talk about its potential demise than just about any other service around. Read the full post…
7: Why Membership
Apr 5
No one has really made a compelling case for why Medium membership will be worth paying the $5 a month and how it will improve the content we get. Until now! Read the full post…
6, Unprepared
Apr 2
We need to be open to new ideas and new experiences. We cannot place artificial limitations on ourselves by trying to force what we do to fit specific templates. We must allow what we do to dictate how we do it and not the other way around. Read the full…
5, Automation
Mar 29
Apple’s acquisition of the Workflow application and team immediately set thoughts into motion about native automation in iOS. Will Apple integrate it at the OS level and what about Siri? Imagine the possibilities. Read the full post…
4, Subscription
Mar 26 • 4 min
Why do we resent paying for content on the web and then get so upset when someone tries to fix the broken models by charging a fee? Blog posts discussed: Read the full post…
3, Ownership
Mar 22
Ownership of our content goes far beyond the physical, hosting aspect; there is a moral element to consider. Are so many of the social web’s issues caused by a lack of responsibility? Read the full post…
2, Twitter’s identity crisis
Mar 19
Twitter may have reframed itself as a news network but it really doesn’t act like one. It still has a fundamental identity crisis which may be holding it back from fulfilling its potential. Read the full post…
1, Anchors Aweigh
Mar 15
Welcome to the Sonant Thoughts microcast. Pivoting a product or service is always risky, taking a familiar user experience and turning it on its head. In this episode I talk about the the launch of Anchor v2.0 where the product experience has completely…