John Gruber (daringfireball.net) and Merlin Mann (43folders.com), delivered a talk at SXSW last month on the art of being successful creators and/or custodians of stuff on the Web.
Their message boils down to essentially make good shit; the rest will come. These guys aren’t dispensing hard, practical advice, but the value of their talk is in their desperate appeal to today’s wannabe content creators, begging them to be original and amazing at what they choose to do.
For those of us who have sites and are trying to stand out and get attention, it’s an inspiring hour that might convince you to rearrange your priority list for the better. But if you’re looking for tangible hands-on advice on using Google ads, mastering SEO, or gaining financial independence through affiliate linkage, you’ll want to look elsewhere.
Listen to the talk (43Folders.com)
Read the transcript
Illustration by Dave Gray
The Homestar Runner guys, Merlin Mann, and the creative director of Adult Swim star in a handful of video clips taken from a panel at IMA’s Public Media Conference that was hosted by Jesse Thorn of The Sound of Young America.
The group dispenses some brief but interesting insight into what goes into being an independent content creator and making money at it.
IMA Panel: Social Media, Revenue, and Brand
IMA’s Public Media Conference
The Sound of Young America
While Twitter might be the social networking tool with the least amount of overhead to get started, that doesn’t necessarily mean one “gets” it right away.
Lifehack’s Dustin Wax has whipped up a primer that might be just what you need in order to get started with the increasingly omnipresent and mainstreamed bit of web technology.
From Here to Tweeternity: A Practical Guide to Getting Started on Twitter