Publishing is Coding: Change My Mind

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Hi, I am a perro-publisher—what a surprise, right? I am from Mexico and, as you can see, English is not my first language. But whatever. My educational background is in Philosophy, specifically Philosophy of Culture. My studies focus on intellectual property—mainly copyright—, free culture, free software and, of course, free publishing. If you still need a name, call me Perro.

This blog is about publishing and coding. But its approach isn't on techniques that makes great code. Actually my programming skills are kind of narrow. I have the following opinions. (a) If you use a computer to publish, no matter their output, publishing is coding. (b) Publishing it is not just about developing software or skills, it is also a tradition, a profession, an art but also a method. (c) To be able to visualize that, we have to talk about how publishing implies and affects how we do culture. (d) If we don't criticize and self-criticize our work, we are lost.

In other terms, this blog is about what surrounds and what the foundations of publishing are supposed to be. Yeah, of course you are gonna find technical writing. However, it is just because in these days the spine of publishing talks with zeros and ones. So, let's start to think about what publishing is nowadays!

Some last words. I have to admit I don't feel comfortable writing in English. I find it unfair that we, people from non-English spoken worlds, have to use this language in order to be noticed. It makes me feel bad that we are constantly translating what other people are saying while just a few homies translate Spanish to English. So I at least decided to have a bilingual blog. Sometimes I write in English while I translate to Spanish, so I can improve this skill —also: thanks S.O. for helping me improve the English version xoxo.

That's not enough and it doesn't invite collaboration. So this blog uses po files for its contents and Pecas Markdown for its syntax. You can always collaborate in the translation or edition of any language. The easiest way is through Weblate. Don't you want to use that? Just contact me.

That's all folks! And don't forget: fuck adds. Fuck spam. And fuck proprietary culture. Freedom to the moon!