Newsletter: New podcast, Mac update, and book posts

Hi! We’re starting a newsletter to complement our Micro Monday podcast.

Each week on the podcast, Jean MacDonald interviews a member of the community to learn how they blog and what their interests are. There are already over 60 episodes! This email newsletter will add to the podcast with links to past episodes, new features on, and highlighted posts from the community.

⭐ Version 1.9 of for macOS is available today. This update fixes some bugs and adds an option to open the selected post in your web browser.

πŸŽ™οΈ On the latest special episode of Micro Monday, Jean talks to Manton Reece. We answer your questions about

πŸŽ™οΈ Joe Cieplinski started a new microcast called The Weekly Listen, hosted on Each week, Joe plays a favorite song and talks about it for listeners. You can learn more or subscribe here.

πŸ“· Some incredible photos were posted this week. Browse the latest featured photos in the Discover timeline here.

πŸ“š Manton published a blog post about open gardens that was adapted from his upcoming book Indie Microblogging. The post explains some of our thinking about the role of a platform like compared to huge social networks.

πŸ’¬ Here’s a microblog post from Brent Simmons, inspired after seeing Panic’s upcoming Playdate handheld video game console:

On seeing Playdate, I realized the question we should ask ourselves is: are we working on our own Playdates? I don’t mean hardware necessarily β€”Β I mean the thing that seems very difficult, maybe even impossible, that may fail, but is the best expression of our talent and love.

πŸ’¬ Cheri Baker on writing fiction by hand in a notebook:

I’m experimenting with writing fiction by hand after listening to Neil Gaiman talk about his process. So far, I really like it! I’m using separate notebooks for each story.

πŸ’¬ Alan Jacobs is also thinking about his writing:

I’m thinking that I will continue, as I write my book, to post brief thoughts about the challenges and pleasures of writing. (I love how the Drafts integration with makes this super-easy to do.)

πŸ’¬ A reflection on a beautiful morning from Sameer Vasta:

There are few things as delightful as strolling aimlessly for a few hours through small neighborhoods in a city you don’t know as the sun rises up over the houses and parks around you.

πŸ’¬ Miraz Jordan, who has been posting her own great photos and videos, noticed an interview on photographing waves:

If you enjoy looking at photos you should read this: Interview: Photographer Spends 10 Years Capturing the Visual Symphony of Waves The photos are absolutely astonishing. I can’t begin to imagine how he made them.

🎬 Film Festival Friday! Now that we have video hosting on, we are going to start highlighting videos that catch our eye from the community. It has been really fun to see how people use video. Follow @friday to be ready. (We’ll have the first post this coming Friday!)

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