Freedom is dead. Long live freedom.

Seth Godin today writes about Black Friday and freedom of choice. I've always hated this "holiday". Coming as it does a day after Thanksgiving it seems to me to embody everything that is diametrically opposed to the spirit of Thanksgiving: greed, wastefulness, and unthinking herd-like behavior.

Love blogging? Look behind the curtain.

Nothing to add. Great post.

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I attended and spoke at WordCamp San Francisco this year, and the experience, community, content, and implications blew my mind.

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Holy moly, did I ever.

I attended the technical sessions and understood, genuinely, 20% of what I heard in the weekend’s presentations. Okay, maybe 15%. I don’t know the acronyms, I don’t know the language. But I solved those small technicalities with a post-session questions to the friendly people around me. [I, in return, explained to them what recycled leather is. Misnomer. It’s upcycled leather scraps, not recycled anything. In fact, recycled leather is the plywood of fabrics. Or the Pringles of fabrics. Or…okay, that’s enough.)

More generally than not knowing the vernacular of development, though, I don’t know the thought processes behind building platforms and plugins. I’ve never thought about the structure on which my blogs reside.

Have you?

There’s the base structure of the web, of content management…

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Red Gate refines its focus

I was glad to read yesterday that Red Gate has announced a full focus on "Database Lifecycle Management." Before I joined Automattic, I worked at Red Gate for a good few years and in the last couple of years I was there the company experimented a lot with different business models and products in the face [...]

How do I get myself a design career?

About once a month I get a random email from an aspiring designer asking me a variation of the question: "I don't have a background in design but I'd really like to get into UX design. What can I do?" Most often these questions come from people with a background in data science, journalism/writing, psychology [...]

How to boost your traffic with “Related Posts”

Jetpack — Essential Security & Performance for WordPress

Jetpack’s Related Posts feature scans all of the posts on your site (or blog), analyzes them, and shows your visitors other posts with related content that they might be interested in reading once they’re done reading the one that brought them to your site.

Most sites who activate this see an increase in traffic. On this site, Jetpack.me, when we compare pages with and without the feature enabled we see around 79% more visitors clicking through to one other post on the site.

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This data is based on a 6-month traffic comparison between blog posts showing related posts and pages with the feature disabled. Turning on the feature for us in essence means that almost twice as many visitors read something else besides the original post that brought them here.

How does it work?

The related content is automatically generated based on the content of the post and any tags…

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