The Dilemma: What to Write and How to Write It
I’ve been in a rut lately - emotionally and creatively - and have been brainstorming ways to get myself out of it. One idea I’ve contemplated is reviving this blog.
This is something I’ve thought about before, and if you peer back into the archives of this site, you’ll notice that I’ve posted in fits and starts over the past few years. The site has gone from a personal blog, to a link blog of interesting articles, and back again. I am somewhat bored with both approaches and am left thinking, if not those, then what?
My initial thought was to write only long form pieces about things I think about. These would mainly be about technology (as that seems to be really all I think about these days), but may extend outward from there into my other interests (music, film, biking).
The problem I’m running into is deciding on the scope and format of the writing. Should I limit it mainly to long form posts (like John Siracusa’s Hypercritical and Thomas Brand’s Egg Freckles), short “link posts” to other sites (like John Gruber’s Daring Fireball), or something in between (like Ben Brooks’ Brooks Review and Marco Arment’s Marco.org)?
I want to have be able to post both styles without worrying about “sullying” the site’s style or feel, and ideally there would be a way to have the long form writing be completely separate from the link posts, but this would also add undesirable complexity to the site. I even went so far as to create a second blog, with the intent of posting my short links there, but again, that’s unnecessarily complex.
So, here’s the plan: for now, I will try the Daring Fireball approach. I will post links to interesting things on the web (accompanied by short commentary) while still writing some long form pieces as well (like this one). I think this will work well for me and the way that I use the web.
Now the only question is what to do about all those old posts in the archives…