I’ve been thinking a lot about how I publish to the web and where I want to go from here.
I haven’t been writing as much as I would like to be, lately. It hasn’t been for lack of ideas or inspiration, but more so applying ideas and inspiration in a practical way to write about them effectively.
Most ideas and inspiration are fleeting – one moment they seem incredibly tangible and important, and the next moment they fizzle out. If I don’t capture those ideas and immediately put them into word-form, they become stale and lifeless.
Blogging, to me, has always been about momentum – capturing thoughts and solidifying them into word-form, giving them a URI where they are stamped in time forever, and then looking back on them from time to time.
The last part is the most important. Without being able to look back on where we came from, and how we have grown, the current hot topics are meaningless.
The web has made it easy for anyone to contribute to the fire-hose of updates and noise, and yet – how much of it really matters? How much of it truly defines where we have come from?
I am more concerned about the big picture, and incremental updates certainly contribute to the whole picture, but to me it’s caused a race to the bottom. It’s all about page views and being the first to report something, but hardly the most introspective.
Yet if incremental updates are not constantly written down and explored, momentum slows and blogging becomes unimportant.
There lies the predicament. Unless you are completely dedicated to what you are doing, you can’t expect to continue doing it for long.
It’s a balance I constantly struggle with. I enjoy writing and exploring things, but some days it hardly seems to matter.
I guess that is okay.