tl;dr version: I joined 10up in October, been very busy since. We just released a fancy-dance new plugin named PushUp Notifications. You should get in on it.
Long version: I joined 10up last October as a Senior Systems Engineer and have been head-down in systems for some pretty large customers since then. Obviously, blog output has suffered. *grin*
We (10up) just launched a nifty little plugin called PushUp Notifications that ties in with Apple Push Notifications for Safari to, get this, send push notifications from your WordPress blog. Publish a post, click the “Push desktop notification” checkbox, and hit “Publish” and all your subscribers will be notified. No RSS feeds, no Facebook updates, it just goes right to their desktops. Right now, it’s a 1.0 product, so it works with Safari for OS X, but in the future, we’re talking about extending it to Firefox, Chrome, iOS — the sky’s the limit, really.
If you’re reading Literal Barrage on Safari, you would’ve been prompted to allow push notifications for the site on your first visit here. Make sure to hit “Allow” and you’ll get notified whenever* I update the site.
Check out the demo video if you want a better sense of how this all works:

*Yeah, I know.

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