Thoughts on Writing

I've been doing a lot of thinking about this blog lately. You know, the typical existential stuff: where I want the site to go, who I want my audience to be, what kind of impression I will make, what I want to say.

With that said, I hope you'll excuse me if I ramble for a bit.

A little history

I started this site in October 2010, mainly as an outlet for my geeky interests. You could say I'm pretty late to this game. I've really only been following events in the tech industry for about 5 years now, and apparently I had the gall to start a tech blog in a world where people like John Gruber and Jim Dalrymple have been writing since I was a kid.

It's been a slow-moving process, let's be honest. For the first seven months after starting the site, I only managed to post six times, skipping two months straight in the process. They weren't even very good posts, which is why they've been removed from the archives.

I actually used to be a little embarrassed about my slow posting rate, because to any outside observer, it probably looked like I had zero dedication to this project, and that simply isn't true. I just had no clue what I was doing.

I've since come to realize that it's perfectly fine not to publish anything if I don't have something worthwhile to say right then. This is my site, after all, and I believe that there is real power in hitting the Publish button. I still get nervous doing it.

The truth is, I never used be someone who would write for the sake of writing. I grew up actually despising any homework where an essay was required. I struggle with writer's block quite often and I have a long, long way to go before I master the art of crafting beautiful sentences.

Sharing my thoughts with the written word has never come to me naturally in the past, but in these last couple years I've fallen in love with the process. Never before have I been so fueled by a desire to improve myself in a particular field. Writing has become a form of catharsis for me.

So what's next?

This blog has a long way to go before it will ever be on the same level as the ones that inspired it. But I'm willing to give it my best shot.

I want to do work that is substantial. I want people to read this site and have the same feeling I get when I read one of Shawn Blanc's best pieces. I want them to be inspired. I want them to take something positive away from here, or be given new perspective on a topic. And I hope it's not too big-headed of me to desire these things.

I will continue to improve, little by little, post by post. I will work on writing more thoughtful material, rather than brief bits of commentary on someone else's work. It's difficult for me to judge how I'm doing in this regard, since comments are disabled and I'm essentially speaking into an echo chamber where I'm the only occupant.

Get in touch

I have no intention of ever enabling comments, but I would still love to get some feedback on what I do here. Consider this an open invitation. I'd like you, the reader, to take this opportunity to tell me what you think about anything I've written, or even just say hi.

I truly appreciate the readers who have given this site a chance, and I will strive to continue improving my voice. I feel like great things are coming.

Thanks, everyone.