I've been doing some restructuring of my personal sites and the underlying servers in the past couple of weeks - trying out some new tricks to get similar results with fewer (cheaper) resources, and at the same time learn about some modern web architecture at all levels of the stack.
In my past few years trying to create community, I have had to make a lot of decisions, whether conscious or not, about my environment. By environment I mean not only the room I'm sitting in, or the street I'm on, or the neighborhood, or even just the state of the US. I'm also talking about the people around me, individual beings, their companies, organizations, movements and activities. Then there are the memes, which seem to travel on air currents, over IP tubes, or via word of mouth at varying speeds.
Thanks to my Google Alerts, I found out that my latest blog post appeared on the Twitter News channel of a site called Buzztracker.com, which appears to be a Yahoo-powered memetracker, a-la AllTop.com, Technorati.com, TechMeme.com, Megite.com and scads of others.
Yes, I have yet another blog: this one is all about Drupal. Right now there are exactly 4 posts, but two of them came this week, so there may be an upturn in the posting over there. If anybody out there wants to write some tutorials, I'd be open to that.
Hooray for Google Alerts, and my media habits. A few days ago, I got an email from the google (now with a new and un-improved favicon...blech). This email linked to a blog post that linked to a podcast, and that was exciting.
I recently tried to sign up for a service to get my feed syndicated, and they complained about my Flickr photos and daily links entries that only appear in the RSS feed - they said entries with repetitive titles feel like spam for their users - I can sympathize. When you're looking at the blog, my links and photos appear in the sidebar, but on RSS, I am aggregating a bit.
Therefore, I have created a syndication-friendly feed for Ryan Price Media:
As you all know, I've done this Blogging Fringe thing for the past two years. Sadly, this year looks like I'll be pulled in more directions than ever before. I've been up until 2AM every night for weeks on end and I'm not sure when this will stop.
At the same time, I really love the opportunities the Fringe Festival presents to show off some great groups in Orlando and Internationally, and introduce the world to our potential.
Also, here's an email Darren sent out to friends and advisors.
Here's a quick follow-up to last night's post.
Earlier today, Ryan Block asked:
Why should I be concerned? People arenâ€™t coming to Engadget to read about gadgets from 2006, or 1996, or 1896 â€” theyâ€™re coming to read about whatâ€™s going on today. Still, I love that PopSci, so this is gravy!