(Not a) Blog Philosophy

Published 1/15/2023

Above all, I don’t want to be doing this.

OK, not really. But what I actually am is indecisive (in all things!), and I have competing urges, like:



This site is the latest in a long tradition of these priorities flip-flopping and turning into something new. I don’t intend to say much, because I don’t have much to say.

I owe a debt of gratitude to Kyle for stealing much of his approach after a chance conversation on Mastodon. I like the idea of having a space on the internet whose goal is to conciously remove expectations and barriers of self-confidence in order to be more authentic, even mindful. We’ll see if it sticks.

The Twitter Era

Important stuff happened to me on Twitter. I found myself. I landed a job. I came out. I found the deepest, truest love I’ve ever had. So it’s not like I can forget it. I can’t defend it, either.

I was an early adopter, but I was a teenager at the time so it actually became horribly embedded into my psyche for over a decade. A number of people are recognizing the negative impact this has had on them (circa 2023). But I was there already. It killed my mood all the time, and made me worse at communicating thoughtfully. There’s dozens more reasons — many on a global scale — but those should be enough for wanting something out of your life.

Finding a Home

If you’re someone with a little technical ability, it’s en vogue to hyperobsess over your blog as one of a million eternally-unfinished side projects. (I’m not bitter.) I chafe at this for a couple of reasons, the biggest one being the way it leads me down an infinite road of bikeshedding.

I just want to have something nice, to free myself up to do the things I actually like to do, that matches my values, and that I can throw money at to solve the hard problems. In practice, ticking all those boxes is an exercise in frustration.

For now, my home is spread between here (for more permanent things) and Mastodon (for more ephemeral things).