I’d like to share a quote with you. This quote is one of the most impactful quotes that I’ve ever heard, and throughout my life, I’ve had very different responses to it roughly corresponding to my age and level of maturity. Sometimes, it has inspired negativity and arrogance. Recently, it has kindled a new interest in writing well about things I care about.
“Writing is thinking. To write well is to think clearly. That’s why it’s so hard.”
I’ve been looking over some of my past blog posts, and it has become clear to me that not only was I not a good writer, but the ideas that I was attempting to express were not communicated well and were often masked by negativity and/or arrogance.
There’s no reason that I should be using my blog as a platform for needless critique. As an example, a couple of years ago, I wrote 2000 words critiquing the approach that a new PHP CMS had taken, and argued that they should have extended Drupal to do what they wanted to do. I stand by the arguments I made, but it was not necessary to make those arguments in the first place. The bottom line is that those maintainers were doing something interesting. I should not have taken the time to bash them for doing it.
If this was an isolated incident, I would be less concerned. However, this blog has been a platform for poorly written, unnecessary critiques for too many years. It’s time to make some changes. I’ve taken the liberty of unpublishing my old content. All of it. Not much of it is worth reading, but if there’s something in there that you cannot live without, archive.org has a pretty good snapshot of the site available.
Finally, I plan to produce and release content a bit more regularly now that my life has settled a bit. My focus is likely to be long-form posts, but I imagine a few short posts will sneak in here and there as well. I also plan to produce some video content on my Youtube channel, which I’ll crosspost here as well.