A Test Post Using WordPress iOS App

At the time the first version of WordPress for iOS came out, I was looking for an alternative to blogging that would be less work, and more iOS-friendly. That first WP version was a disaster. Little functionality, and a crashy, buggy piece of code. Horrible, really.

I ultimately settled on Posterous for blogging, and loved it. Unfortunately, it’s been sold to Twitter and its future does not look bright. I’m looking to move off of it, so am visiting WordPress again—on my old site—and it’s latest iOS app. This time on the iPad.

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A Switcher Switches (or How One Pundit Learned To Milk A Storyline)

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I tweeted the above in response to this article. Today I found out I was right.

Not only has the author not stopped whining about Apple’s “creepy” culture, but he’s not even switching like he threatened to do.

Does anyone still not believe there are tech pundits who’ll write anything to bag readers?

This guy spouted off twice in one week, taking alternate positions while using the same silly talking points each time. “I’m switching from Apple because of X, Y and Z.” “I’m staying with Apple despite X, Y and Z.” Two articles for the price of one, and he grabs both the Android and Apple crowd.

Welcome “back”, Mitch. I’m glad you got an iPhone 4; now just stop writing about it so we can all enjoy your choice.

Apple Friends and Foes: iPsychology 101

It’s the friends [of Apple] who are more befuddling. There are hundreds of journalists and bloggers covering the Apple beat… If they can’t prove themselves to be smarter and more insightful, their stock goes down.

Great article. Regarding the “friends” of Apple, don’t rule out how many of them try to prove they’re “not biased”, and not simply “fanbois”.

Apple bashers form a decent chunk of even a pro-Apple blogs’ visitors. Many of these sites are only too happy to throw them a bone now and then. I dislike it, but it’s a trend that began a few years ago, and it’s not likely to stop for most sites.

What’s sad is that the kind of community Apple had a dozen years ago — the one you could argue held things together during Apple’s darkest times — doesn’t exist any more. Were those times to reappear they’d be the first to cut and run.

Online Publishers: Other Industries Must Navigate Change, Not Us.

Here’s my point: businesses don’t get to pick the timetable for when their preferred model takes a permanent dirt nap. It’s insane to me that these businesses’ fans see this so much more clearly than their actual stakeholders do.

Merlin Mann is stirring up the online publishing community with this one, but he’s spot on, IMO.

Is there some sense of “entitlement” in the content space? Sure. Is that the reason some online publishers can’t make enough money, or grow the way they want to? No. This is like the music industry blaming piracy for their woes, which everyone — even these same online publishers — calls them on.

Apparently, since online publishers consider themselves “new media” they’re free to blame their customers in a way they don’t think “old media” can. Bullshit.

If your existing model isn’t working, change it. If you can’t (or won’t) then you’ll probably go under, as most businesses do. Blaming your customer is never the answer.