I’m always happy for a friend when they start a job at Apple — but I’m also sad when it means they have to stop their community activities: no more podcasting and blogging, developer meetup organizing, presenting at conferences, writing side-project apps, contributing to open-source things.Brent Simmons
Those sort of restrictions is one of the reasons why I don't want to have a "job", i.e. be an employee.
As one of those "old web" guys who has been blogging for almost two decades, I understand this anguish over the open web. I've seen the rise and fall of alternative like app.net and despite what others may think, micro.blog's success isn't ensured. The lack of diversity, both cultural and economic, is perhaps why the "relatively tech fluent (and likely, financially affluent) community of tech/apple oriented users" ignore micro.blog. It's one of the reasons why, despite having backed the Kickstarter project, I chose to let my hosted micro.blog lapse and use micro.blog more like Twitter. Both are free but Twitter is less of an echo chamber.
I visit micro.blog only a few times a month now. The discovery feed is boring.
I've documented my issues with micro.blog in several blog posts. I don't expect anything to change in the near term.
Others have voiced similar complaints.
I prefer the approach advocated by the IndieWeb and have also written about the issue of discovery for independent blogs who don't use social media.
I don't have a MacBook but my wife does. I have a 27" iMac with 9TB of storage and lots of peripheral ports. I also have an iPad Pro.
I wish Ben, who writes for a living and so has a limited understanding of "work", would stop evangelising about the iPad. Let us each use what we like.