Author: Joe Brockmeier

Editor, writer, communications expert, former community manager, open source enthusiast, music nut, and cat guy. Not necessarily in that order.
Cartoon bear in a data center - AI generated art by Midjourney

One of the best job perks I ever had…

It’s been more than 15 years since I worked for Data393 (which doesn’t actually exist anymore…) but I still miss one of the perks of…

Sir Wobbles, an orange cat looking at the camera being dignified

Caturday cat blogging: From dignified to derp in three seconds

We have, it’s true, a ridiculous number of cats. With six to choose from you might think that I’d have a favorite or two, but…

Access Denied (album cover) by Asian Dub Foundation

Last Bandcamp Friday of 2022! Eliza Rickman, Mdou Moctar, Asian Dub Foundation

It’s the last Bandcamp Friday of the year, which means Bandcamp forgoes its cut and artists get the entire price (minus some processing fees). Not…

Percona Logo

Hello Percona!

Happy to share that I started a new job this week as Head of Community at Percona! I know it’s traditional to talk about how…

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A cardinal sin of content marketing: Writing what you want the audience to have read

No matter who your audience1 may be – admins, developers, decision makers, or anyone else – they’re not obligated to read your content. It’s all…

AI-generated picture of a cat staring at a computer, in a woodcut / watercolor style.

20 blogging and article prompts for tech bloggers

Stumped for ideas what to blog about? Not sure what people would want to read that would be worth writing about? Here’s 20 prompts to…

A fantasy radio computer newspaper device, generated by AI (Midjourney). Kind of steampunk cross between an old radio, computer, speakers and a faded screen with nonsense characters.

100 day blogging challenge: Let’s get those RSS feeds going again

My Mastodon network is picking up nicely. It’s not quite reached the same level or variety of activity from Twitter, but it’s getting there. I…

Bear DJ

20 and still Scrobblin’ – Last.fm at 20

The first song I ever “scrobbled” was, apparently, “Outdoor Miner” by Wire. That was 2006, several years after Last.fm made its debut. This year the…

Sam’s holiday sweater

Update: Sam actually likes his sweater. Or, at least, it chills him out. He’s an anxious cat and gets really anxious when we have a…

Cartoon bear at the computer (generated by Midjourney v4)

Extremely minimal blogging with WriteFreely

Loving the explosion of IndieWeb activity. For fun I decided to try out WriteFreely, a really minimal blog with ActivityPub features.