Do you blog? I want to read it

Wow, blot looks amazing. Have you run into any issues or concerns? Any sesnse of their business model?

Some ideas about how to grow your business without stress or overwhelm for people who feel that they’re spinning plates 24x7x365.

In short, no issues, and the business side of it is as awesome as the rest of it. David Merfield’s been running since 2014, I think. The About page is really informative and transparent. It even includes a list of similar alternatives (including which ones have since stopped functioning).

I particularly like the answer to the question “How long do you plan to run Blot?”:

Decades, at least.

He publishes a constantly updated list of the tasks he’s working on (and who requested them, if you consent to being listed!), what he’s recently done, and some discussion on development.

Last, David’s reputation for thorough, fast responses seems to be kinda famous. I’ve asked 5-6 questions since I started on it a few weeks ago and haven’t had to wait less than a day or two for a response—he usually replies in hours, somehow. See this Hacker News discussion for further evidence.

Also, the whole thing is open source and you can roll Blot on your own server if you want.

I don’t mind being a cheerleader for this thing. As I said directly to David in an email, the whole thing’s a role model for how products should be built and run. I’m excited!


I’m a cognitive scientist, entrepreneur, adjunct professor, and author. I focus on cognitive productivity with macOS (cf. books) and integrative design-oriented models of mind.

Hook perhaps represents the most significant discontinuity in personal information management in desktop computing since Spotlight (equal in importance to folders, actually), focused on cognitive productivity. It’s the first app that enables users to instantly re-access the contextually relevant information they need to get the job done right, now. It’s based on an analysis of knowledge work that suggests that most knowledge intense work revolves around disjoint clusters (networks) of related but diverse information (diverse: on web, in the cloud, in files, in apps; and of different types, e.g., email, OmniFocus tasks, PDFs, etc.). Imagine the web without links. Would be pretty bad, eh? Well, a Mac without link is what you have without Hook.

MPU doesn’t seem to have noticed the above. Will Forbes Magazine get there first, as it did for mySleepButton?? :slight_smile: Regardless, I’ll be writing more frequently about Hook on the Hook blog and elsewhere.

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Oh hey, I encountered Hook before. I love the idea of it but spend too much time on iOS. Anything in the works to bridge that gap? :grin:

More on point with this thread, though—I’m often surprised by the gap between cognitive science and this productivity world. (The same is true for information systems, I think.) I can’t blame non-researchers—it’s hard to know what you don’t know. But more of us need to be publishing and creating tools like you are in order to make sure the research has impact.

So, kudos!


Thanks, Ryan!

We are indeed working on some iOS bridges. It’s a multi-pronged approach. We’ll say more on the blog and Hook productivity forum.

I agree. I certainly wouldn’t blame anyone. There is so much to read. And the fact is that cognitive science does not focus on productivity.

The Cognitive Productivity books are the first systematic attempt to develop a concept of productivity that is grounded in cognitive science. In the first Cognitive Productivity book, I used the expression “broad cognitive science”. Earlier this week, I published a draft manifesto for integrative design-oriented (a blog post on it here). “Integrative design-oriented” (IDO) is a more apt expression. I’m hoping the IDO concept will get significant traction in cognitive science and AI. The recent (very important) book, Rebooting AI addresses a subset of what the manifesto’s about.

Thanks again for the words of encouragement.

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I figured I needed to actually write something on my site before I actually claimed that it was somewhere I actually write :slight_smile:

You can find my site at (or if you prefer the shorter version).

And look! An actual post!


Too many to list them all, but my main blogs are:

which is my dev blog and,

which is random, indeiweb stuff.

Too infrequent, but I’m on my way (it’s in German, because that’s where I come from)

Fantastic content. Thanks for sharing.
Which wordpress theme is your based on, if I may ask?

So many good reads mentioned in this thread. Thanks for starting it @beck. I now have a new folder in Newsify for MPU blogs! Ryan, I enjoyed your Demon Haunted World post! It fit with something I was writing and I linked over to you.

Seeing all these blogs reminds me of the internet before social media. :blush:

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I have a blog that I use to store instructions for difficult computer things that I do infrequently and therefore always forget how to do next time. I also post solutions to problems I have solved because I could not find anyone on internet who already solved it.

I update it a few times a year.

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Great! Looking forward to reading it.

It is pretty neat that some version of the “blogosphere” has survived this far. Which reminds me… one thing that seems to have lessened are the “ping back” mechanics common to pre-social network blogs, when WordPress and Blogger were more popular, relative to all our other platform options. I’ve heard that allows blogs to feed into its social network system, which feels like pingbacks. I need to look into that.

On another tangent: how do all you bloggers feel about Medium these days? Do you cross-post at all? Happy to create a linked post to discuss off of this thread.

Ah, yes, blog-to-blog conversation via ping backs were/are fantastic. That’s one reason I’m still on WordPress as it still seems to lend itself to that kind of thing. And yes, helps as do various possible plugins for WordPress. It really helps to capture/promote/grow a sense of community between blogs which can be a wonderful thing.

I still have a Medium account but stopped cross posting to it a long time ago. Medium felt somewhat unstable to me so my visits diminished.

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Thank you for starting this thread. Lots of good stuff here. I’ll chime in with mine, I started it 10 years ago, and it was very busy back in the day, with a couple other writers writing with me. When I transitioned into fatherhood my writing trailed off significantly, although I still enjoy it.

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thanks :slight_smile: .

this was a while ago and done by someone else. But according to <script src=""></script> which would be Twenty Fifteen - WordPress theme | English (Canada).

This topic led me to write

Thanks beck for the inspiration! I had been meaning to blog about writing for quite a while!

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I’ve been wondering for quite a while whether to publish there. And I might. I became concerned about the possibility that it might shut down one day, or have further changes in terms of service, or the like. I’m already spread out on multiple websites. Still it has advantages, so perhaps later. But I think I’m more likely to write elsewhere (I got an invitation from The Conversation (the Canadian instance of that site) and have an article in the works with them; and have other publishers on my radar/vice-versa).

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This is an old blog. The blog only worked up to the point where I was unable to get people to agree to do the short interviews.

Very nice, thank you.