Blog Anniversary

, Feb 29, 2004

It’s been a few days over a year since I started this blog, so maybe it’s a good time to reflect on some issues. First of all, writing a weblog is fun in a strange sort of way, and it’s also very hard not to do once you have started. Sometimes, my motivation for writing here is to get something off my chest, sometimes it’s only to have a place to store some references — often so that I can find them myself later on. The few occasions where I actually feel that having the blog is really beneficial for me is when I write about something and the writing itself helps me to find out what I really think. It’s one thing to talk to people about issues, it’s a totally different one to try to put it into decent writing. While I still can imagine that I will stop the writing some day in the future (but not anytime soon), it’s hard to imagine that I will stop the reading. I strongly feel that I’m learning a lot from the bunch of weblogs I follow, most, if not all of them, much better than my own. What I find hugely interesting is that I seem to have a bunch of readers I know next to nothing about, apart from the fact that they are using strange browsers or news readers that I can positively rule out being used by anyone I do know. Two things I plan to do in the future are:

  • Properly categorize existing entries, and use meaningful categories from the start for new postings. The few categories I have right now are not very useful; once I have changed this, I’ll provide separate RSS feeds for them so that you can take you choice (and filter out e.g. private or fun postings).
  • Write more original content. This is, of course, a matter of having the time to do so; still, it’s not really my goal to link to other people’s work so much (although I’ll still point to stuff I find interesting).

Please let me know if there’s anything else you’d like to see here …