I’m not much of a blogger but I’ve always wanted to be.
The value of keeping a blog for reasons beyond just sharing links to my work has been obvious to me for a while now. Watching folks like Austin Kleon, Andy Baio, John Gruber, Mark Evanier and others post week in and week out, I’ve yearned to organize my thoughts online, create an archive of interesting things, and to figure out ways to be of use to others.
Andy Baio wrote about his experience with blogging years ago:
It’s given me exposure, a place to share my projects and crazy experimentation with technology. It’s created new opportunities for me, directly or indirectly responsible for every major project I’ve gotten involved in. It’s a place to play and experiment with ideas, some of which led to big breakthroughs and passions. And it connected me to people who cared about the things I did, many of whom became lifelong friends.
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Besides the fun of getting to build my corner of the Internet, stone by stone, the world that lives outside the big social networks is an exciting place to be right now.
Like the web comics boom of the early 2000s, the current independent internet is a vast beautiful mess. Things like Mastodon, tilde.club, Micro.blog, runyourown.social and the Indie Web make me want to be online to see how all this shakes out. The big social giants make me want to curl up and hide.
So, I moved this site from Squarespace to WordPress, filled in the archives a bit, and I plan to post more.
All to clear up my meager plot of land, so I can better watch the fireworks.
This should be fun.