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    micro.blog Premium is a crazy value

    Only a few days ago, Manton Reece dropped a bomb on the micro.blog community: Subscribers of micro.blog Premium would continue to enjoy the perks they’ve come to know and love for not just one blog—and not two or three or four blogs—but for five blogs1.

    This pricing change is a rare example of a top-tier service getting better and offering even more value to its customers.

    Let’s dig a bit more into the value of micro.blog Premium, both in what it offers and what it doesn’t offer.

    The value in what micro.blog offers

    micro.blog Premium was a great deal before the change. But now we can argue it’s one of the best values on the whole of the internet.

    micro.blog Premium features include but are not limited to:

    • Blog hosting.
    • Podcast feed.
    • Email newsletters.
    • Cross-posting to select social networks.
    • A built-in network of other bloggers.

    Now multiply that times five.

    But not the price. The price stays the same at $10 a month3. Pretty awesome.

    The value in what micro.blog does NOT offer

    micro.blog is a unique platform in that what it doesn’t offer may be just as valuable as what it does offer.

    Below are some things intentionally missing from micro.blog:

    • Social media engagement algorithms2.

    • Likes
    • Follower counts

    Social media engagement algorithms have made it hard to keep up with content and sources we really care about. Likes and follower counts have skewed our perception of what’s worth sharing.

    But you won’t find these features (or bugs?) on micro.blog. You can follow other users, but they won’t really know unless you tell them. The same goes for any of their posts you like—you’ll have to actually tell them you like their posts, in your own words. The act takes a little bit of work, but it really goes a long way.

    micro.blog is an awesome slice of the internet

    With micro.blog, your personal domain is your home on the internet. And with generous pricing, they’re giving users more reason to upgrade to Premium.

    Jake LaCaze loves praising tech companies for doing things right. Unfortunately, the opportunities to do seem to be so few these days.

    Introducing my linklog, powered by Newsblur's Blurblog

    The best part about the internet is sharing. And sharing is caring.


    If you enjoy this blog, maybe you’ll also enjoy the content that informs and influences it. You can obviously find such pieces in the sources I link to in the footnotes of my posts. But those links show only the most obvious influences. Sometimes something we read or watch or listen to plants a seed that germinates for a long time, meaning we forget where it all started.

    The sharing of ideas and perspectives has always been my favourite part of the internet. I’ve always seen the Internet as my gateway to thinkers and thoughts I’d otherwise not have access to. And as long as I’ve been on the internet, I’ve enjoyed sharing the interesting things I find as well.

    Unfortunately, social media–thanks in part to social media engagement algorithms1–is no longer an ideal place for sharing, as the platforms make it harder to share content that diverts eyeballs from their own domains, because they want to keep users glued to their services as long as possible.

    Enter the linklog

    This weekend I migrated my RSS feeds from Miniflux2 to Newsblur3.

    (Note: At $15 a year, Miniflux is a great option if you want a barebones RSS feed manager. My migration back to Newsblur was more a product of my own restlessness than anything Miniflux did or did not do.)

    Aside from managing RSS feeds as you’d expect, a premium subscription to Newsblur ($36 a year) gives you a ‘Blurblog’ (their version of a linklog4), a simple site where you can share posts from your RSS feeds.

    I’ve thought about adding a microblog to my site, but adding new content via Hugo is annoying for that use case. I’d have to create a .md file for each entry and push to GitHub for every single microblog post.

    Even though I’m trying to run lean these days by hosting my site on GitHub Pages, I feel the inclusion of the Blurblog/linklog helps justify the extra cost of Newsblur vs. Miniflux.

    Enter my Blurblog linklog

    If you’re interested in my Blurblog linklog, check out the options below:

    Jake LaCaze thinks one of the most interesting parts of the internet is seeing just how far your small efforts can reach.


    1. Social media engagement algorithms and the illusion of choice on jakelacaze.com ↩︎

    2. Miniflux ↩︎

    3. Newsblur ↩︎

    4. Linklog definition on Wikipedia ↩︎