An occasionally updated list of links guiding my effort to become a better online writer.
Last updated: 2013.12.18
How people read online: Why you won’t finish this article. by Farhad Manjoo in Slate.
F-Shaped Pattern For Reading Web Content — eye-tracking study by web researcher Jakob Nielsen.
Website Reading: It (Sometimes) Does Happen — more from Nielsen.
tl;dr — as defined by the Urban Dictionary.
The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr.
INTERESTING ARTIFACTS & RESEARCH
The F***ing Epic Twitter Quest of @MayorEmanuel by Dan Sinker — a satirical political tale written in tweets during Chicago’s mayoral election season.
Thumbs Race as Japan’s Best Sellers Go Cellular — New York Times on Japanese novels via text messaging.
Visualize the 18th century version of “viral content” — Correspondence among Enlightenment figures visualized on a map.
A New Hope?
People Share News Online That Inspires Awe, Researchers Find — New York Times in 2010.
Write Articles, Not Blog Postings — Relative good news from Nielsen
Ode: How to tell a great story — Representative blather from marketing guru Seth Godin
@Longreads on Twitter — Suggestions of, well, long things to read online.
An example of quality online writing being rewarded: This very long 2004 blog post was read and shared by millions. It was published in newspapers and Kevin Bacon starred in an award-winning HBO movie based on this nonfiction narrative: BLACKFIVE: Taking Chance Home
Online publications see a future in print — Los Angeles Times 2013.12.15