Time flies! It’s been almost a year since I started “blogging”!
It all started with three things coming together: attending a polyglot gathering talks about blogging, encountered this blog http://www.pgbovine.net/writings.htm (a really good blog/vblog by a CS professor Philip Guo), and actually got an invite to write a blog post for WiMIR (Women in Music Information Retrieval), my first blog post. I must say I mostly kept writing for myself and there are almost no “useful” posts, or posts direct to a certain group of audience (which I should probably do more). But I think I’m generally happy with it so far.
Life has been busy, and there are times when I just wanted to give it a break. But writing is additive. The urge to write comes back from time to time. How amazing there are times when one just want to run away from reading and writing to go out and play, while other time theabsorbing and outputting words on the screen or on the paper just seem to be the “superfood” of life.
I like writing on paper. But it has now become something special. It’s much cheaper, faster, stabler, and easier to use a device to type than to actually write something down on paper. I also had this discussion not long ago with a friend: there’s a big different in track, that is, it’s much more difficult to erase from paper than using “backspace”.
Ok. Now coming back to blogging again. My workflow is more like this: create a a title and write down some materials briefly, attach some photos -> leave it there for a few days, or weeks, or months, with or without ever coming back to it -> post. I like the writing titles part the best. It makes you realise how easy it is to generate ideas and it sometimes prevents the danger of stopping writing completely (well you still have to have the time and the motivations to do it though). And it makes the content better if you ever come back to it, iterations upon iterations, meliora! Algorithmically, one can check and add more leaves of ideas to the tree of the blog theme in this way.
In a more general and irresponsible way: Time always helps produce something interesting, right?
Through the time intervals between blog writing, one can connect with the current-self with the old-self, update your belief and see what changed in your self, what should have changed and what shouldn’t. I’m not very sure if this is in any way meaningful to others, but someone out there might be interested in seeing this? (My future self definitely, I think)
Now I have ~50 drafts on wordpress, mostly because of my slacking around in the summer while the ideas just kept coming. And there are 20 more topics on another list (I started use Wunderlist recently, it turns out to be surprisingly useful in organising myself and time management!). These are probably going to keep this blogging running for a while.
I recently also found out this nice feature of scheduling the posting of written blog posts. So now I don’t have excuses of wrong timing anymore. Will try to post something more regularly.
But for future, I hope I can do the following improvements:
Revise the posts more often.
Writing in different languages.
And maybe start a vlog!