Transitions…

For the past few weeks I’ve been experimenting with Ghost and I’ve been absolutely loving it, I love the interface, and I love everything about it.

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I decided that the Ghost blog will be more tightly focused on my journey to starting a business and hacking productivity. I’m going to start experimenting building a blog with a specific audience in mind. Here are some of the posts I’ve written:

This isn’t just me talking about my struggles though, this is also my way of sharing what I learned and hoping someone will also learn with me. Hopefully, if you all want to be updated, join me in my tiny newsletter.

So, with the way I’m waxing poetic about it I guess there’s no surprise when I announce that I’ll be moving all my blogging activities to the Ghost platform (although this blog will always remain here) but one of the things I love about Ghost is that it uses Markdown.

And its such a difference when I write with Markdown, it feels more natural somehow. 

My other big announcement is that I finally bought a domain name andnot only will I be using Ghost as my blogging platform but I’ll also be blogging on www.MoniqueAlmario.com

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Its been fun wordpress but I think its time for me to strikeout on my own! Thanks for the memories, and who knows I might comeback! Life is unexpected and mysterious that way!

Trial Period

I’m currently going to try Ghost, the new blogging platform. So far, I love the interface, its uncluttered as they come and since I’ve recently admitted that designing a site isn’t my thing (but I won’t rule it out in the future) I’m opting to use the available free themes.

Ghost Explore

I really love how easy it is to use, I really love how distraction free it is, and ironically even though Draft and Editorially are using markdown and offering distraction free writing, I find myself preferring Ghost’s writing interface more.

Ghost trial

So for the next30 29 days I’ll be blogging here.

Eventually, soon I’ll probably migrate to my own personal domain and hosting.

Collected Links

I think this is the new productivity hack I’ll do for 2014.

This Note-Taking System Turns You Into An Efficiency Expert

Snow Fall isn’t the only interactive storytelling New York Times dabbled with here a collection of links to New York Times Year in Interactive Storytelling.

Why Battery Life Should Be The New Smartphone Battleground

”Smartphones are unquestionably one of the most useful devices of the 21st century but they continue to have one critical flaw – battery life. We’ve all been there – you forgot to charge your smartphone and you have 10% battery life left to see you through the day.”

I miss the days when a cellphone battery can last days and not just a few hours. It’s really baffling why that is not the battleground smartphone makers are fighting in.

The Lost Secrets of webOS

“It’s been over two years since HP’s TouchPad and the Pre 3 were released and then discontinued in a surprise decision from then-CEO Léo Apotheker. In fact, most people within HP were blindsided when executives decided to stop hardware production and left the software team twisting in the winds of uncertainty. Apotheker’s decision ultimately led to the open sourcing of some parts of webOS and the sale of the rest to LG under current CEO Meg Whitman.

But back in 2011, before and after Apotheker’s fateful decision, Palm had been actively working on both new hardware and new software. The Verge has obtained documents describing Palm’s plans and even a design prototype of a new smartphone. They tell a story of a company struggling to innovate in the face of daunting competition and perishingly few resources. They also show that, even at the end, Palm’s ambition outstretched its ability.”

This is something that still sets my teeth on edge because in my humble opinion webOS’s interface was light years ahead of any mobileOS currently in the market. Yes, that includes iOS 7 which cribbed most of webOS’s multitasking card function.

Its still the smoothest, most intuitive and put together interface I’ve ever come across and its a tragedy that it was cut short, especially with all the other projects they had lined up.

A look back (2013)

One thing I can say about 2013 — It’s certainly been eventful. I’ve done things I have done before, traveled to places I’ve only ever dreamed of but its also a year marked with sadness.

Year In Review 2013

Fortunately, Facebook and other Social Media has made it easier for us to ‘review’ the year that’s gone before. Reviewing this blog I also realized how much I’ve fallen behind on my plans: The UX study plan for example — I’ve read the books but I haven’t practiced, nor have I been active in the communities I love.

Time does fly, and fly fast but the last few months of 2013 has also driven home an important lesson, we should all pursue our passions because life is unpredictable in the best and the worst ways.

I look forward to 2014 as a better year.