I currently have a basically empty website with blot.im. As much as I want to publish stuff to it, it just kind of sits there, gathering dust. I’m intrigued as to how I might replace it with arena. I think the learning in public, sharing, collaborating etc is a great environment to contribute writing to. Does anyone have experience of replacing a personal blog with Arena?
Big fan of the pattern we seem to have established as a community of:
- User sees block without attribution. They find its source and leave it in the block comments.
- Owner of the block sees comment, thanks user, and adds attribution to block text/title/description.
every now and then i like to go over my blocks and rename/change cover images just so we can both better use them
For the last few months I've been using a "now" channel as my landing page at are.na/, acting as a sort of shortcut to my currently most often used channels.
Accidentally clicking "Start private channel" instead of "Follow" while browsing the are.na of a person I like and scrambling to correct the mistake 👍
This is going to be a rather “meta” block:
I was just thinking that over my 20-months-and-running time on this platform, it has cultivated a kind of “holism” in my work and research practices. And then I remembered reading Cab talking in the Creative Independent about how that was one of their explicit missions for the platform:
“Del.icio.us made us realize the importance of archiving casual web (and other) research. That process has a lot of positive effects that are hard to explain until you’ve built a habit out of it. For one, there’s a self-discovery that happens when you revisit things you’ve accumulated over a period of time. You look back and begin to recognize patterns in your own thinking.”
And here’s the “pattern-finding/self-discovery” in action: I realized I’ve reflected on this same thing on here in the past, and I made a book for school last Fall which was explicitly about tying together four trains of thought that originated or at least seriously developed while using Are.na.
One point of emphasis that Cab doesn’t make here, but that I think is important in my case is that Are.na encouraged me to do a lot of writing, as well as have some stimulating discussion, all in public. I think both on the philosophy and design side of things (which in keeping with this theme are not at all mutually exclusive), this practice has really helped me articulate myself and synthesize my ideas/opinions/interests on many topics.
Reshuffling blocks is important to me
For certain channels that are about more amorphous things (i.e. non-research/topic specific channels), I go to the very bottom and move blocks that resonate with me to the top. Often this takes an hour or two.