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Google wants websites to adopt AMP as the default approach to building webpages. Tell them no. Make your site lightweight on your own. No reason to help centralize the web under Google's control even further polemicdigital.com/google-amp-

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Medium is no longer offering new custom domains as a feature. Get your own domain name and install a self-hosted blog on it. Stay away from commercial and hosted platforms. That's the best way to be independent, decentralized and stay in control.

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My blog is now without any cookies, analytics, JavaScript and third-party requests. Pure content howtomakemyblog.com/

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The next phase of Gutenberg will take the ease of use that was introduced with block-based editing and extend that capability to the Customizer, starting with widgets, to make it easier for users to customize the rest of their sites make.wordpress.org/core/2018/1

Quora announced that 100 million user accounts were compromised, including private activity like downvotes and direct messages, by a β€œmalicious third party.” This is a good time to remind you of all the other reasons why you should never, ever use Quora waxy.org/2018/12/why-you-shoul

Twenty Nineteen is the best default WordPress theme ever. I'm seriously impressed by it. It has everything a new blogger needs. Check @photomatt@twitter.com using it too now πŸ™Œ ma.tt/2018/11/a-gutenberg-faq/

A blogging style guide: Here are 39 ways to make your blog more entertaining to read and more pleasurable to write robertheaton.com/2018/12/06/a-

The new official and Gutenberg ready theme "Twenty Nineteen" is great too. So simple, minimalist, lightweight, lots of white space and no external calls and anything like that. Impressive! Testing it here markosaric.com/guide/

The official name is actually WordPress 5.0 β€œBebo”. Here's the introduction post by @photomatt@twitter.com wordpress.org/news/2018/12/beb youtube.com/watch?v=72xdCU__XC

Using WordPress for your blog? Gutenberg release date is December 6th. Learn more about this new editor that replaces WYSIWYG or see how to disable it until you are ready for the new workflow howtomakemyblog.com/wordpress-

"Tumblr will permanently ban adult content from its platform on December 17th" and immediately lose majority of its visitors and traffic theverge.com/2018/12/3/1812375

Nick Cave on writing at his new theredhandfiles.com: "I have rarely sat down at my desk with something to say, other than I am ready. The sitting comes first, turning up with a certain alertness to possibility. Only then does the idea feel free to settle."

Just an FYI to YouTube creators: YouTube will stop showing existing annotations to viewers starting January 15, 2019. All existing annotations from all videos will be removed. There's still no way to edit the published videos.

Uncommon Blogging Tactics Are Highly Effective, New Study Shows:

✍️ Publishing 2000+ Word Articles
πŸ”’ Publishing Articles More Than Once Per Week
πŸ•ž Spending Over 6 Hours Writing an Article
πŸ‘ Creating Your Own Research

searchenginejournal.com/uncomm

It's about to get harder to become an "influencer". Instagram has now started removing inauthentic likes, follows and comments from accounts that use third-party apps to boost their popularity and artificially grow their audience.

Mailchimp's rebrand to "more than just an email marketing service" works.

"Mailchimp tells me that 50 percent of its revenue now comes from e-commerce. In total, its customers sold over $22 billion worth of products in the first half of 2018 alone."

techcrunch.com/2018/11/16/mail

Updated my "Best Blogging Platforms" list with this new data. Recommendation is to syndicate your content to specific Medium publications for extra reach but not to use it as your main host howtomakemyblog.com/best-blog-

The state of @Medium@twitter.com:

πŸ˜€ Founded in 2012
πŸ€‘ Valued at $600 million
✍️ Publishes 20,000 articles/day
πŸ‘ 90 million monthly visitors
πŸ’° Received $132 million from investors so far
πŸ“‰ Not yet profitable
πŸ’Έ Now raising more money

The 2018 Survey of 1000+ Bloggers: Some great stuff in here as usual by @crestodina@twitter.com orbitmedia.com/blog/blogging-s

Blog Content Audit Checklist: How To Get More Website Traffic Without Creating New Content howtomakemyblog.com/content-au

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