I had a busy few weeks that culminated in three long articles dropping this week:
- You can see my first appearance in the Atlantic, where I filed a story about a Web site that's freezing new submissions and archiving itself both digitally and as microscopic printing on nickel plates that could last 10,000 years.
- At Meh, the site that offers a daily bargain, I've started writing a monthly column about anything interesting. The first installment is in two parts, in which I track the oldest historical account of someone using ALL CAPS and referring to it as shouting or yelling.
- At Six Colors, I examine a new beta program at Medium that allows publications that post there to offer paid memberships. Medium is trying something new, interesting, and powerful, and I like the attempt.
- Finally, at Macworld, I wrote about the issues in backing crowdfunding projects that are built around manufactured goods. My conclusion? Back things you love, but backing products — especially campaigns that have raised huge amounts of money — risks never seeing the thing you want or getting something that's substandard.