This is a cross-post from some thinking I was doing last night about my other blog…
I\’ll admit. I haven\’t actually been doing a good job of keeping that particular blog updated. And it hasn\’t actually been getting a lot of hits. It\’s what you might call… uh… stale.
The problem is this isn\’t exactly due to lack of ideas or content. It\’s due to lack of something else. It\’s due to lack of something that I haven\’t exactly been able to put my finger on until recently.
It is something like this: a couple years ago I started writing the FooBarn Blog as a kind of project in-and-of-itself. It was the point. The point being to write a blog about technology and information that I thought would generate enough interest to keep it up-to-date and peppered with articles about what I was working on or thinking about.
I wrote. I filled up a lot of pages. And then…
Well, then I (in a matter of speaking) wrote myself into a corner. I focused. I focused, well, too much.
I was just recently (as in last week) on a vacation. I unplugged. I left my phone at home in my drawer. The only electronics I brought along were a camera and a Kindle. Nine days of e-freedom ensued, a span of time when I was under no obligation (or ability, to be honest) to blog, type, tweet, update, code, create, or otherwise put characters into an electronic space. When you have that kind of break, literally separated from something, you often tend to come back to it with a slightly skewed perspective on it. And having time to think about it a little bit I realized that the problem I\’m having with this blog is that I\’ve written myself into a corner.
As of my writing this, the blurb on the Ã¢â‚¬Ëœabout\’ section of the FooBarn Blog reads: Ã¢â‚¬Å“This is a blog about technology, information, and interface.Ã¢â‚¬Â This remains true, but I think I want to tweak that, skew it, and add a few new ideas. What I think I want is the FooBarn Blog to be a blog about the relationship between technology and people, between information and ideas, and between interface and art. It should be a blog about using technology to embrace knowledge and enhance society through creatively, intuitively, and thoughtfully built tools.
I want to write about not only what I have been writing about — the information management and design principles of my work — but also about curious and intriguing ways people are employing technology to make communities and cultures blossom with ideas and personal expression. I don\’t just want to pepper readers with vague ideas of finding better interfaces and organizational structures, but I want to pull back the veil of those better interfaces and understand how this helps us learn, expand, explore, and become better citizens.
This is just my plan. But I\’m changing the Ã¢â‚¬Ëœabout\’ section of that blog a few minutes after I post this. And I\’m going to do some writing very soon, too.