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Hello folks! I'm now on Patreon! 🎉

Gain access to behind-the-scenes details and upcoming previews of my content and join in a growing community of open web and essentialism enthusiasts.

Check it out: patreon.com/essentiallifejared

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Hello fellow Tooters! I'm a blogger, vlogger, and podcaster based in the Portland, OR area. I make videos about essentialism and travel in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, and I write and talk about the intersection of art, technology, and a free (as in freedom) internet.

Check out my profile for links to my work and to check out all the photos I post here (so you can avoid that other commercial photo service!). I love chatting so feel free to @ me!

Seascape in gouache. Really loving this aquabord, the roughness of the surface makes it easier to blend colors smoothly. And I find I work better with the small size, I don’t fuss too much over the details.

#mastoart #CreativeToots #art #gouache #Seascape #waves

DuckDuckGo will use Apple Maps for local searches on the web
🔗 theverge.com/2019/1/15/1818365

Initially this appears to benefit DuckDuckGo more than Apple, due to the fact that you already have to be using DDG in order to utilize this feature. It’s not the kind of earth-shattering news that Apple switching the search default in iOS from Google to DDG would be. However, I feel like this is simply the opening statement of a much deeper collaboration.

📃 Continue Reading: jaredwhite.com/links/20190115/

‪Had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Might hide under a rock until tomorrow…then crawl out, lizard-like, when the sun reaches its zenith. Or not. Your call, universe.‬

Related: I can guarantee you I've provided much higher revenue to a number of publishers I support through subscriptions than through taking action via ads. The number of times I've *ever* bought a product after hearing a sponsor read or seeing a web banner or video ad I could probably count on one hand.

Here's the very weird argument some publishers have:

"Oh, if we switch from ad revenue to direct subscription support, we'll make tons less money!"

Translation:

"Most people value our content at $0. If we try to charge for our content, those people won't pay up!"

My Idea:

Hey publishers, how about you stop posting garbage and instead create content people value so highly they're willing to pay for it?

😎🎤🖐⬇️ (mic drop)

Time to hit that play button! ▶️

An action-packed show to kick off 2019:

* the launch of my new Patreon subscription
* the positive response about my private family photo gallery powered by SmugMug
* the greatly exaggerated death of RSS
* and MOAR

jaredwhite.com/podcast/21/

I am sooooo in love with the typography of this building signage. ❤️

Super Pig. I didn't intend to draw a pig but I had to admit it was, and then paint it pink. #pig #drawing #watercolour #sketchbook #mastoart

One thing that I go into in my podcast, that I think is pretty neat, is I'm now offering my techy services to help people get set up with open/libre personal cloud tools such as NextCloud (and Mastodon if they're not on it). One of the benefits of my top Patreon tier. I think a lot more people would get off of the big commercial services if they just had a bit of geek help!

Time to hit that play button! ▶️

An action-packed show to kick off 2019:

* the launch of my new Patreon subscription
* the positive response about my private family photo gallery powered by SmugMug
* the greatly exaggerated death of RSS
* and MOAR

jaredwhite.com/podcast/21/

All of us who care about the open web need to push back against misguided media narratives about the "death" or "demise" of any sort of open technology. This article about RSS for instance made me cringe: motherboard.vice.com/en_us/art

RSS is alive and well—I and countless others rely on it extensively for news reading, and it's literally how podcasting works at all! Sure, it's true not a lot of "regular" people know about RSS. Not a lot of people know about Javascript either. So what?!

So I know open office plans get a bad rep, but I don’t necessarily hate them, provided there are separate spaces for interactions, whether work related or social.

Otherwise I’d much rather be remote/home.

In recent years, the story of how to make money online as a content creator has become a whole lot clearer.

The answer is remarkably simple: subscriptions are eating the world.

jaredwhite.com/articles/the-co

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Great to hear that you like Nextcloud. 🙂 In case you didn't saw it already, @nextcloud is here as well. 🙂

Cc @conservancy

Hello folks! I'm now on Patreon! 🎉

Gain access to behind-the-scenes details and upcoming previews of my content and join in a growing community of open web and essentialism enthusiasts.

Check it out: patreon.com/essentiallifejared

So according to @mastodonusercount, if those stats are accurate, the portion of the will reach 2 million accounts in roughly 2-3 weeks!

Feels like a huge milestone…not as big as 1 million, but on the other hand 2mil is double 1mil so that's nothing to sneeze at!

I've been making a bunch of tweaks to my website over the past week…just added this cool "browse bar" which has popup menus for tags, post types, and various ways to connect with me. Every option has a little icon. Feel like it's a pretty nice interface convention. jaredwhite.com

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