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Vol. 12 of 14
January 16, 2023 11:25 PM
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Now Pages are here!

Now Pages are now in beta and ready for you to enjoy right away! They’re the perfect way to easily share what’s going on in your life currently. Unlike the Statuslog where you can share your current status, /now pages are more for what’s going on “now” on a broader scale — like over the past week, month, or even longer periods. There’s no right or wrong way to use your /now page, but Derek Sivers offers a wonderful explanation about them here.

When you first pull up your /now page editor, you’ll see a sample /now page there to give you an idea of what you can do with your page. It’s just a suggestion, meant to spark some thought — but please feel free to delete it entirely and do your own thing from scratch! Your page can be a short and simple list, or some prose that talks about what you’ve been up to. Try not to lean on the default/sample content too much. 😄

The Now Garden

There’s a new site to go along with the feature—The /now Garden, where you can “plant” your /now page and browse other people’s pages. There will probably be more to come with that site down the road, but for now, it’s pretty simple. If you’d like to appear on the site, just check the box on the /now page editor screen to be listed.

Nudges

Making a /now page is pretty easy, but keeping it updated might wind up being a challenge. To try to help, I’ve added a “nudge” feature that will let you know if you haven’t updated your /now page after a certain amount of time has passed. Beyond just being a reminder email, the feature includes the ability to edit your /now page by just replying to the nudge email with your updates. It’s pretty cool! Here’s a demo of it in action:

(I’m not really good at the whole video thing, so apologies for throwing this together quickly and not writing a script for it.)

Switchboard Updates

To go along with the release of /now pages, there are a couple of new things on the Switchboard page:

  1. Your /now page is now a configurable route (so you can enable/disable it or forward it to a page elsewhere on the internet).

  2. You can now specify a preferred domain, which omg.lol will use whenever it needs to generate a URL to something specific (like your /now page, from the Now Garden site).

That’s it for now. As always, let me know if you have any questions or need any clarification about anything!

— Adam

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