Saturday, May 15, 2010

New Look, Fresh Start

Ok, I'll be the first to admit that when it comes to consistency, this blog has a pretty poor track record. Since its creation, I think it has been idle more than it has been active. But starting today I'm going to try to change all that.

To help kick things off, I've updated the template for the site to something a bit lighter, while still maintaining the same kind of feel.

Why would I even try to start writing again? The most immediate influence is probably Megan's new blog and the handful of thoughtful, well written posts she's put up there over the last couple of weeks. Also, the short time I had to write on the Cogi Engineering blog, which exposed me more directly to writing about software development. (By the way, Dave or Shawn, if you're reading this, it's way past time for you to write something there!) Finally, recently I have increased the scope of blogs that I follow online, and find myself wanting to take a larger role in those communities.

What makes me think that this time will be any different? In the past, I've encountered two major blocks in blogging: what to write and how to write it.

The problem of "how" to write has become much more clear to me lately. In the past, I've tended to write posts as if they should only take me a few minutes and then be immediately posted for the whole world to see. I'm not really sure where I got that idea -- it doesn't match with anything I've ever been taught or my real-world experience with how good writing works. Instead, I'm going to start writing more involved posts that will generally take me more than a single sitting to fully flesh out. The hope is that this style will help maintain my interest enough to produce something that you will want to read. 

There's still the problem of a topic, or focus, for the blog. Megan's Geeky Bliss and Sunshine leaves her with a decent amount of freedom while still focusing her thoughts and intent. Other blogs I read tend to be focused on a theme in software development (.NET, Python, etc.) or other general computing issues. So, what's the niche for blog.chphilli.net?

I don't know.

The hardest part is choosing to write things that I think my friends, family, co-workers, and wider community will want to read. There are certainly enough things about which I am passionate enough to write the type of posts I think people will want to read: karate, software development, philosopy, religion. Since I don't know ahead of time which posts will be interesting to readers, I guess I'll just keep writing about things that interest me.

So how about it?

1 comment:

  1. I like it! I am totally guilty of that write-it-post-it-right-now-or-else mentality, and it really puts a damper on my potential for creative content. So, flesh it out, take your time and I'm sure you will come out with some great stuff! Plus, writing about what interests you is enough of a "niche" for me, but I'm sort of a blog-reading fiend. :-P

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