I want desperately to write somewhere online. But I can be something of a perfectionist. This explains, perhaps, why I have stopped and started a blog tens of times in my life. It has to be perfect, but it never is, and so I’ve deleted posts and made them again and deleted them again, ad infinitum.
Well, today I’m determined: no more! No more waffling! Some ground rules:
- My writing here is going to be bloggy. Rather than shooting for clarity, coherence, and completion up front, I’m going to focus instead of exploration, experimentation, and iteration. A post might be a sentence, or it might be many paragraphs, but always it will be a draft. A part of me hates this; that part of me needs to die.
- In that spirit, I’m going to blog every day. As Austin Kleon notes, frequency matters more than quantity, and I think I’ll get better if I write every day. It can be small, it can be long, but it will be—it must be—something.
- Blogging is a great way to think in public. The idea was [introduced to me by Tom Critchlow, but it’s (of course) built-in to the idea. (Chris Kyrcho calls it “learning in public”, which is better, because it gets to the outcome.)
- Robin Rendle wrote that “blogging is pointing at things and falling in love.” Or as Austin Kleon observes, “Step 1: Wonder at something. Step 2: Invite others to wonder with you.” Or as Robin Sloan puts it, “The thing about blogging is you can just write about the things you love”, and so blogs can consist of an “encyclopedia of appreciations.” If my writing is characterized by any mode, I want it to be this: it’s focused on what I love and wonder at, and offers a pointing to this.
- In the past, I’ve wondered if I should split up my blog into multiple topics. I want to write about theology and scripture, as well as technology and design, as well as reading and miscellanea, as well as my life! But it’s difficult to separate my thoughts this way. For now, I’m only going to separate some posts into separate “feeds” (faith and technology) for anyone who wants to zero in on just those things.
- I may, at some point, include an “assumed audience” banner on some posts (for background see here and here) but that will come later, perhaps.
These thoughts are, of course, separate from how I’m designing my website. But I’ve determined not to let that stop me. For now, this website has terrible typography and little design to speak of. But that’s okay. I’ll improve that when I can! Writing is the main thing.