10k

… views of DriverlessCroc, as of 23rd September 2020, not including email subscribers. At 9k I suggested that 250 views per week would be a good target weekly average. The last three weeks have seen an average of 309 views per week, so things are going well. I’m hoping that the acceleration will continue, so from now on I’ll share…

Extending books: Andy Matuschak and Michael Nielsen on Timeful Texts

Picking up Tuesday’s post about transactional reading and contemplation, here’s something interesting that goes a little further in thinking about how we might immerse ourselves in books or other texts. Today’s gem comes from Andy Matuschak (former leader of the R&D group at Khan Academy and all-round interesting fellow), who’s working on developing more effective tools for thought and learning.…

DC goes exponential

Not really. But we did fly past six-thousand views in early June thanks to Tyler Cowen re-tweeting a link to this post about reading. The retweet (and subsequent RTs by a fraction of Cowen’s 160,000ish twitter followers) generated about 740 extra visits – so it’s a great little window into the power of well-connected nodes on a social network. It’s…

Broker books

There are network effects between books / knowledge gained from books; Not all network connections are created equal; New books within your areas of experience and specialism will strengthen that part of your network but are subject to the law of diminishing returns: once you’ve read the classics, the remaining books are likely to be less good; The best books…

Vitalstatistix: 5000+

Yesterday (7th May 2020) DriverlessCroc hit 5,002 views, not counting views via email or from RSS readers. The last thousand views (from 3,000 views on 14th November 2019 to 4,000 views on 25th February 2020) took 103 days at 9.7 views per day. The most recent thousand took 73 days at 13.7 views per day. In November I speculated that…

Networks: your organisation as an unending conversation

What would happen to your organisation or movement if you dropped out? If the answer is “It would probably die,” then you probably* need to think about building something bigger and longer lasting than yourself. One lens for understanding how to do this is to think of your organisation as ‘conversation’, drawing on Kenneth Burke’s metaphor for history and culture…