On Blogging

13 December 2010

The various tech devices I own, such as the iPad, make the consumption of content – blogs, tweets, video, and miscellaneous web things – a joy. (Actually, I guess it’s more the software on the devices: Twitter for iPhone, Reeder, Instapaper, Flipboard, and Summizer.) Because of that I’m finding myself, here in December 2010, more motivated to read and watch content online, than I am to create it. Which, for me, is a new thing.

With Twitter, I still have some creative outlet – in the form of short, concise statements. And I admit, it’s easy to become obsessed with drafting the Perfect Tweet. (The number of retweets, favorites and @replies help provide a subjective metric for which to gauge a tweet’s relative perfection, just so you know.) Twitter is a great medium for recording the moments of life that usually happen too quickly to remember, or for capturing fleeting thoughts. Or for sharing a link or photo. In fact, since starting Geek & Mild in 2005, I’ve always published links I want to share inline with blog posts – a format used by Jason Kottke and John Gruber. But now that I’m using Twitter to share links, Geek & Mild sits mostly inactive.

Anyway, I’ve been thinking about all this; all the reasons I haven’t been writing or blogging. Lack of time has little to do with it. I think it’s more a motivation thing. I just haven’t been motivated to blog.

I’d like to change that.

What I’ve decided is that I’m going to start experimenting with some new formatting for Geek & Mild.

First, I’m going to completely remove and archive the ‘asides’. They’ll still be accessible for searching and viewing, but will no longer be inline with blog posts.

Secondly, the obligatory redesign. I’m going to update the design and aesthetic.

And finally, and most importantly, I’m going to stop worrying about trying to be perfect. I think one of the primary reasons for my lack of motivation is the desire to only publish perfect posts. And by perfect, I don’t mean “technically perfect”. God knows I’d never publish anything if perfect grammar was the standard. I mean perfect in vision; worth-while for a reader. I’ve decided to let that worry go.

After all, who cares? I’ve realized Geek & Mild is as much for me as it is for its readers. Actually, it’s probably more for me. I need to write – or spew – more than the world needs to read. That’s why I’ve decided to do any of this in the first place. I considered just shutting down my blog, but the thought of not having an outlet for writing bummed me out. Twitter’s great, but there’s only so much you can fit into 140 characters.

So, timeline? I’m not sure. Sooner rather than later. In fact, I may start refactoring the blog format immediately after publishing this. I already have a few ideas for a new look that I might start to mock up, too.

Stick around, if you want.

Update: Last night after publishing this post I prepared to archive all the aside posts and came across one from last year in which I listed the reasons I post asides. Needless to say, I re-convinced myself of their place on Geek & Mild, and in my digital life.