I know I will wear a mask after everybody is vaccinated. What your Disabled friends want you to know post vaccine https://www.huffpost.com/entry/disabled-post-vaccine-coronavirus-masks-safety_l_6091b424e4b05af50dc8c61e?ncid=APPLENEWS00001
Sometimes #accessibility takes on meanings I didn’t even consider. For example, in this article, the author notes how the silent taps of the Apple Watch were far better for her due to having an extreme sensitivity to sound. Very awesome read!
Since a recent update, Bookwyrm can also import books from @inventaire to diversify the search results a bit. Other book sources are https://openlibrary.org/ as well as other Bookwyrm instances, but you can also create books and editions in Bookwyrm itself. More connected sources are planned, stay tuned!
Do you want to run your own little corner of the #Fediverse, but you don't have the technical knowledge to install and maintain a server?
A managed hosting company can handle all the technical stuff while you run the instance.
New blog post about publishing and mental health
Upon my return from my makeshift writers retreat, I take a harder look at social media and how it is effecting my mental health. https://blindjournalist.wordpress.com/2021/05/06/returning-from-a-vacation/ #AmWriting #writing #Publishing
This isn't strictly related to the Fediverse, but if you're interested in decentralised social media you might want to try the peer-to-peer @manyver_se at:
It doesn't have any servers, users connect directly to each other, and store personal data on their computer or phone.
It's part of the Scuttlebutt network, and is an attempt to make it more user friendly for non-technical people.
You can now privately comment / reply to this blog via email, thanks to our...
You can now privately comment / reply to this blog via email, thanks to our very first bit of Remark.as functionality, launched today. If you’re an email subscriber, go ahead and give it a shot! Otherwise, now is a great time to subscribe to email updates:
I wrote about why I left Patreon for a cooperative called #comradery including the very inclusive initial interview I had with 2 NB founders https://blindjournalist.wordpress.com/2021/03/28/comradery-is-a-patreon-alternative/ #patreon
Any #GameDev or #IndieDev can assist with making this #Accessibility focused Kingdom Hearts mod a reality? https://www.reddit.com/r/KingdomHearts/comments/n3xtxv/help_wanted_accessibility_mod_development_kingdom/
Putting the Pieces Together
Something I’ve been thinking lately: perhaps it’s time to move to higher-level applications in our suite. I’m basically thinking our *.as and *Freely apps make sense as highly generic tools fit for a wide range of uses, and then we can offer another layer of more specialized apps on top of them.
I’m already imagining some more complex and specialized tools that fall outside the scope of our individual “small, focused apps”: we could combine Draft.as, Submit.as, Write.as, and Snap.as into an end-to-end professional publishing platform. We could combine Write.as, Snap.as, and Remark.as into a general social space; Snap.as and Remark.as could form a more visual social space; or Write.as and Remark.as could combine to serve special collaborative spaces, e.g. writing groups or small teams.
The problems with this design lie mostly in branding, product communication, and mobility between products.
We need to clearly define who our generic tools are for (maybe Write.as = individual writers), and who are more complex tools are for (e.g. Pro Pub Platform = publications). We need to make sure there isn’t too much overlap between the products (Oops, I chose the Pro Pub Platform when I just need something simple). And we need to make sure our platform can grow and change with users throughout their creative life — from first getting their ideas out there, to building an audience, to doing their work professionally.
We’re working out the details of this last part now, mostly between Write.as and Submit.as. Today, someone can choose to start with Submit.as alone, and later connect it to Write.as, if they want. Functionality between the services is currently combined, which certainly makes the experience heavier, but in the near future they’ll be separate, where it makes sense.
Working in the opposite direction, we built Snap.as completely separate from Write.as, making it so users had to go between the apps to e.g. upload photos and then include them in their blog posts. This is conducive to Snap.as developing into its own product, but it adds unnecessary friction for cross-product use cases like this one that we want to support. So, for example, we recently added image uploads into Write.as, powered by Snap.as.
These questions will still take plenty of experimentation over the long term to work out. But it’s my hope that, in the end, we’ll have a collection of creative tools that fit all kinds of work on the web, across all periods of your creative career.
#Librarians friends of the Fediverse, I am looking for interesting newsletters or RSS feeds about libraries I could follow. Could you help me?
#library and #librarianship in general, #archives are an interest too, physical and digital sides both
All things #public #library
#cataloguing in all its form
#games library, in particular #boardgame library
Mainly EN and FR, but feel free to point to stuff in other languages, I will check it out, thanks to the miracle of today’s internet translators.
Amis #bibliothécaires du Fédiverse, je suis à la recherche d’infolettres ou de flux RSS intéressant à propos des bibliothèques que je pourrais suivre. Pouvez-vous m’aider?
Principalement autour de :
#bibliothèques et travail de #bibliothécaires en général, les #archives m’intéressent également, tant les aspects physiques et numériques
Tout autour des #bibliothèques #publiques
#Catalogage sous toutes ses formes
Principalement EN et FR, mais je jetterai un œil à des choses en d’autres langues aussi grâce aux miracles des traducteurs en ligne d’aujourd’hui.
Free Idea for the publishing industry:
Stop making hardcover the first release. 20+ dollars for a book, especially when it's a debut author is asking a lot.
Make it a cheaper soft-cover first, and Then when the book has proven itself (or like it's the anniversary or something) release the hardback.
I think of hardbacks more as items to collect, not as something I take a chance on, you know?
Oh I noticed a cool feature on #StoryGraph that I haven't tried.
in the recommendations you can tell it not to recommend you a specific book or a specific author.
So yes, if you find out an author is a TERF, you could theoretically filter them out.
developers: man it really seems like software has been going downhill for the last 15 years
me: CAPITALISM INCENTIVIZES SHORT TERM SUCCESS OVER LONG TERM STABILITY
developers: it just feels like there is no end to the bullshit
me: CAPITALIST INVESTMENT INCENTIVIZES GRIFTING OVER ACTUAL RESEARCH AND INNOVATION
developers: why is everything so buggy and resource intensive
me: CAPITALISM INCENTIVIZES MARKETING-FRIENDLY FEATURE CHURN OVER USABILITY
Award winning author that loves diverse audiobooks and fiction podcasts. Accessibility accelerationist. Cookie monster, just for fun
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