πŸ’¬ 20 years a blogger

Replied to Pluralistic: 13 Jan 2021 by Cory DoctorowCory Doctorow (pluralistic.net)

I don’t often do “process posts” but this merits it. Here’s how I built Pluralistic and here’s how it works today, after nearly a year.

Congratulations on 20 years Cory and thank you for sharing your process. I really liked your point about first and fore mostly doing it for yourself.

First and foremost, I do it for me. The memex I’ve created by thinking about and then describing every interesting thing I’ve encountered is hugely important for how I understand the world. It’s the raw material of every novel, article, story and speech I write.

And I do it for the causes I believe in. There’s stuff in this world I want to change for the better. Explaining what I think is wrong, and how it can be improved, is the best way I know for nudging it in a direction I want to see it move.

I also like your suggestion that it is your ‘outboard brain’.

I go through my old posts every day. I know that much – most? – of them are not for the ages. But some of them are good. Some, I think, are great. They define who I am. They’re my outboard brain.

The question I wonder is how your purpose has changed over time? Clearly your process with Blogger is different than what you do now, is there anything beyond that?

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