I describe my processes for writing here and the goals behind those processes.
Previously: Hello, world!
- Satisfy the sharing need: when I find something thought-provoking I get a craving to share it
- Learn something better by explaining it
- Get a link into my Pocket mainly from: Hacker News and other IT-infused sources, friends, colleagues or RSS.
- Read it. If I find some parts that 1) are interesting new information, and 2) probably will improve my life if applied — I share those parts with myself via email.
- Once in a blue moon I read through such emails and weed out things that are no longer interesting. Maybe it seemed useful and now does not, or maybe I was trying to be trendy and now I see though my past-self. Time buffer.
- If I still feel like that info is useful, I then create a link-post with a small description and key quotes so that future-me (and you, dear reader) can get to the point faster.
- TODO Schedule re-reading of old posts or make an anki-like thing to remember and use practical parts.
General blog posts
— the default type of posts that you see in the root if this blog
General blog posts are almost the same as link-posts above but I feel a lot more strongly about sharing these: their perceived importance is high. Also they tend to contain more text written by yours truly.
Getting more writing experience for
- the skill of getting my point across quicker
- affecting more people than usual (that is if I make a goal out of making this blog popular in the future)
- creating a thought-archive which I can analyze, and improve upon my thought processes. I think that the ability to write down thoughts is the first major artificial brain augmentation; it would be a shame not to use it.
Same as for link-posts, but more time-consuming. Also, sometimes I have original ideas whereas link-post are usually just my interpretation of someone else’s ideas.
I will update this post if I change the process or the goals.