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This Week In Writing, we explore our digital legacies, discuss permanence, and close out the year with

Then, at the end of my fourth-grade year, the teachers told me I actually did better on

While studying ancient civilizations and languages, we spent two weeks on a project that split the class

Each team spent the first week creating a unique society — language, poetry, and artifacts

For our artifact, we created a clay Rosetta Stone that we shattered for authenticity

The cultures lay in their respective tombs over the weekend, and when we returned on Monday, our

We were tasked with digging up the opposing team’s artifacts and trying to piece together their

The language team was tasked with deciphering the opposing group’s language and unlocking their written history

While I realize that nothing ever disappears on the internet, I wonder about future people stumbling upon

Setting up Mastodon has highlighted the importance of owning our digital archive regardless of how our digital

What happens if the site continues to melt to the ground? Will our histories be captured in

I own my content on both platforms and can export my subscribers to other platforms (on Medium,

Not because I don’t enjoy the network effects of Medium but because I wanted to maintain

What are you doing to protect your writing and your audience?

Over the weekend, Twitter announced a policy banning links to other social media platforms

Twitter ended up deleting the policy, but the warning remains: the platform is unstable

The platform is open-sourced, meaning no person or company owns anything

While all that’s well and good, what has been most exciting about Mastodon has been the

People on the platform are friendly, welcoming, and willing to converse

The app has already replaced Twitter on my phone’s Home Screen and I’ll be spending

Thankfully, The Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal both published startup guides over the weekend

I also set up an account for The Writing Cooperative at @writingcooperative@mastodon

I’m working on a relaunch of my Discord server for the new year

The Best of The Writing Cooperative will send out on the 31st, but This Week In Writing