It's even worse than it appears..
Tuesday July 12, 2022; 1:09 PM EDT
  • I'm thinking a lot about RSS this year.#
  • As a reader, I have no problem with a publishing site like Substack only doing outbound RSS. All my reading tools can hook into their authors' writing. It's good.#
  • But as a writer, I can't use a system that doesn't do inbound RSS. It's the inverse of the silo problem. #
  • Such a site insists that I do all my writing on there. That's a deal-stopper because I already have my best writing tool and I do all my serious writing in that tool. It's as if a radio station insisted that I use their guitar to play music. #
  • Someday we'll look back on this practice and think how could we have missed something so obvious. #
  • I've asked writers who use Substack how they feel about this, with mixed results. None of the writers are thinking about it very much, apparently. #

Last update: Wednesday July 13, 2022; 9:43 AM EDT.

You know those obnoxious sites that pop up dialogs when they think you're about to leave, asking you to subscribe to their email newsletter? Well that won't do for Scripting News readers who are a discerning lot, very loyal, but that wouldn't last long if I did rude stuff like that. So here I am at the bottom of the page quietly encouraging you to sign up for the nightly email. It's got everything from the previous day on Scripting, plus the contents of the linkblog and who knows what else we'll get in there. People really love it. I wish I had done it sooner. And every email has an unsub link so if you want to get out, you can, easily -- no questions asked, and no follow-ups. Go ahead and do it, you won't be sorry! :-)