Kickoff For July 6, 2020

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Monday Kickoff, a collection of what I’ve found interesting, informative, and insightful on the web over the last seven days.

Let’s get this Monday started with these links:


How to Organize Your Writing, wherein Amy Holland explains why you need to organize your writing and shows you a way to do that effectively.

How to Edit Your Own Writing, wherein Harry Guinness reminds us that editing is one of the keys to good writing, and offers some excellent tips for giving your own work an editorial going over.

Writing Is Thinking, wherein Sally Kerrigan explains why writing about what you do is important, and how writing (and planning to write) can help you think about what you do more clearly.

Online Life

Small b blogging, wherein Tom Critchlow argues that you shouldn’t blog for fame, fortune, and glory but instead do it to make interesting connections while also being a way to clarify and strengthen your ideas.

When the Web Was Weird, wherein we learn how the web went from flat, utilitarian pages to more dynamic designs, with some interesting steps in between.

A Text Renaissance, wherein Ventakesh Rao examines the revival (of sorts) of text as a medium for creating and publishing content online.


We Are All Ancient Mapmakers, wherein Cody Kommers explains that the idea of a map that all of us carry around in our heads uses the same conceptual framework as the maps crafted by ancient Greek philosophers, with all the physical and cognitive limitations.

Why We Need a Working-Class Media, wherein Carla Murphy argues for a need to hear the voices of working-class people from all races and backgrounds to tell their stories and to demonstrate that they are civic participants who matter.

How New York Is Zoning Out the Human-Scale City, wherein we get a peek into the urban development process in New York City, and learn how the process is tearing the heart out of the city’s neighbourhoods and its history.

And that’s it for this Monday. Come back in seven days for another set of links to start off your week.

Scott Nesbitt