Meaningful Catches On

Two of the posts I’m most proud of having written last year are Making Something Meaningful and How do we judge our tools?. It looks like the sentiment behind those posts is catching on.

  • Nick Bradbury on Conserving your limited attention: “When I hear someone complaining about all the feeds competing for their attention, I have to wonder why they don’t just unsubscribe from most of them.”
  • Jeremy Zawodny on Getting off the hype treadmill: “I made an conscious decision to drop virtually all “news” sources from my subscription list that felt like breathless hype machines that provided little new insight.”
  • And Steve Rubel, who seems to have gotten a lot of conversations started with the conclusion that “[T]he bigger story in the long run is how these sites change business and our society.”
  • Mike Torres captures a related point about insularity, “It used to be fun watching the “A-list” bloggers discover the obvious things that folks outside the U.S., little kids, and even big companies have been tracking for months; sometimes years.”
  • There was a nice nod from O’Reilly Radar last week, too.

And of course we visited the blogosphere’s reality distortion field yesterday. Now we just have to see if this is just a blip of self-criticism, or if people actually want to change what they pay attention to.