I have become very good at gathering and sifting information. I look for patterns in the things I read and I enjoy sucking up lots of information at once. I have an RSS reader that is full of various news feeds from many websites. That list of sites grows and changes over time as my interests change and some blogs rise and fall in their relevance and usefullness.
I take all of this information in and my brain does something with it. I don’t always know what. It files, it corellates, it references, all that stuff that we know our brains do but can’t really figure out how they do it. My desire for this blog is to create something new and useful based on the inputs from the internet and my own opinions and expereinces.
I like to dive in deep on a few topics. Right now those topics are centered around my job as a front-end web developer, my interest in finely crafted user experiences, and using interesting gadgets.
So, like all “honest” blogs this will be a blog that is largely about the author. Hopefully what I do won’t be described as “navel-gazing”. I don’t want to seem selfish, but writing is a weird task, it’s selfish with a veneer of selflessnes. It’s not always commercial, but it’s almost never purely altruistic. I hope that my voice comes through in the articles I write here. I want to share my thoughts and advice with a wide audience in order to improve their lives. I want to get my own thoughts in order so I know more clearly what I believe is important. One final goal is to simply help someone that has a question and needs to make a wise choice for his own family.
I love weighing and balancing those choices, to gather the pros and cons around an array of options. This will be something I strive to do well. These choices won’t always be right, because the right choice is so different for so many people. Your particular needs and constraints will lead you to make completely different choices than I make. Everyone’s budget for gadgets and home improvement projects will vary wildly.
I know that this blog is not the most important thing for you to read today. It’s not the most important thing I’m going to do today by a long shot. I’m here to work out my own thoughts, document them, and offer a little guidance for anyone who stumbles along.
Please don’t take it personally if I dis your preferred solution, or platform, or breed of dog. (I’ve learned from bumper stickers in Colorado that the breed of dog you prefer is incredibly important to your identity.) I will tell you how I came to the place I did. And my voice and opinions are definitely shaped by the people I read, the places I go and my own expereinces in life. That’s the amazing thing about publishing our own content. We get to be weird. We get to form a voice independent from the direct oversight of commercial pressures. I can operate this blog for incredibly little money compared to comparable publishing mediums from the past decades and centuries. Because of the low costs, you all have so many more voices to sift through. You may read this and then include my thoughts and research in your own published words. Great! We have the freedom to express opinions and offer ourselves as educators to anyone, everyone, or no-one.
The traffic and numbers involved are not the most important thing to me. The process of writing and building a body of work on one topic is. The challenge of building something useful and interesting and somewhat beautiful will keep me going for a while. Until I get in the groove of blogging regularly, for the next week and a half, I’m going to follow the assignments in this 10 day class on writing a better blog.