Editorially is one of the best writing platforms on the web. That's no surprise, since it comes from the minds of Mandy Brown and Jason Santa Maria (among others), both of whom are passionate about words, the web, and where they intersect to create something grand.
I've put off writing about Editorially because it lacks two key features I need to see: Dropbox syncing (Dropbox export was just announced, but I rely on sync), and the lack of a proper mobile app.
When either of those things happen—each feature would probably cancel out the need for the other—expect a writeup. This post, however, isn't about Editorially, but an adjacent project that recently arose from the Editorially framework.
STET is a "writer's journal on culture & technology." The goal is to "demistify the writing process" through, well, writing about it. There are plenty of places on the web that do the same thing, of course, but STET boasts an all-star lineup. There are the creators of Editorially, of course, but others who both excel at and love the written word in digital format have wandered into this party. The quality of writing is what matters here. Take Craig Mod's introductory piece to STET. Here's a snippet:
If experience is useless without memory, then what do we miss in our later travels having forgotten parts of the past? The more attuned we become to the idea of capturing moments — moments curious or shocking or insightful or hilarious — the more aware we are of them as they happen. And the more likely we are to find connections and deeper stories upon returning to them.
Mod is speaking of his new project, Hi (another intriguing project I recently started toying with, and which may get a writeup soon). He's a former Flipboard designer who has consistently wowed me both with his insights into his chosen field and with the elegance of his prose.
The list goes on. Those two pieces, though, seem to enscapsulate both the ambiance created by and the mission of STET. This is not just a writing journal for writers; it's also a love story between two increasingly related fields.
Topics on STET range across culture and technology, with special attention paid to the intersections between them.
Another introductory piece on gestures is a supreme example of that intersection.
But we should be clear: gestures aren’t limited to touchscreens. Gestures may not involve touch at all. They can be kinetic, like tilting a smartphone to change orientation or shaking it to shuffle between songs. On Motorola’s newest smartphones, two quick twists of the wrist activate the phone’s camera. In the newest version of Apple’s iOS, simply raising the phone out and upright can be used to activate Siri. This isn’t even strictly speaking a gesture — it’s simply an orientation that’s specifically useful for speech input, and (Apple hopes) unlikely to be used for anything else.
Tech blogs abound on the web. In fact, without the cacophany of buzzword-saturated voices echoing through the digital landscape, Sssimpli wouldn't exist- my primary mission is to sift through the pile of garbage and present only the gems. As evidenced by the quote above, though, this is not just another voice adding to the noise- this is deeper, more thoughtful, and more comprehensive than anything else on the web. Of course, the talented staff puts it best, so I'll leave you with their own words:
You won’t find insider lingo here; you will find astute, well-written, and nuanced takes on subjects both timely and timeless.