Workflows: Some thoughts

I am happy to see the new block editor shaping up well. It means a more richer experience to write as well as expect a more pictorial narrative going forward.

I had to “hack my reading” and define workflows to get the ideas flowing again. It took me nearly a week to figure out the most efficient ones as it required significant trial and error. I did document everything in my earlier post on “reading“. The new blog editor would make it significantly easier to link through previous posts.

Again, as I have reiterated- metrics don’t matter since writing helps to spot patterns and ideas faster. Over time, technology as a tool should be wielded to make sense of the “mess” around in an orderly fashion. Inoreader is a great resource and through several combinations of rules, filters and highlights it helps to surface good content.

I have also updated my companion channel on Telegram (radoncnotes) that has a constant stream of links which get updated in one of the Inoreader’s folders and come off as highly recommended resources. I have been able to achieve a high degree of automation leaving me with best of content (with now a minimal effort).

I was reading an interesting narrative about how journalism schools are being reshaped post pandemic and the refusal of the “newer generation” to understand the tools and plumbing of the trade. The author had presented two sides of the story- invest significant effort to under techniques and then focus on creativity or “learn as you go along”. Personally, for me, it has been a mix of both. I had a passing familiarity with the email rules (as a long standing customer of Fastmail). It helped me to “tame” the email bubble and organise all of my emails from nearly 7 years. I could deploy something similar on Inoreader. As such, the back and forth on the technology side, to fine tune signal from the noise and thence on the writing is itself rewarding.

I have been aiming to get the “cloud part” of the workflows because now the software has become redundant in a large aspect. Native desktop applications would perhaps last for some more time but there is a palpable shift towards “cloud based” push. Browsers have become incredibly complex, too. My choice is Vivaldi, for the features/customisation as well as a continual evolution of innovative features in the pipeline.