I’ve always had a hard time figuring out where to take this blog. Over the years I stopped writing with the excuse that life got in the way. But the real reason was that I wasn’t motivated to do it anymore. I felt more personal content would feel weird to the design focused audience that I fooled into following this blog. This is why this blog kept mutating over time without ever having a real purpose.
I appended a new entry to my task list for this weekend: “figure out what to do with Feeding the Robots”. When I started writing this post I had some ideas in mind:
One idea was to start a new photoblog and move all the photos there and keep this blog only for writing and note taking. I expect a lot of issues with this approach. To start I rarely write these days and this blog would turn in to a link dump. Second I don’t focus into just one theme and it’s hard to capture an audience when the content is too broad. Plus, there are so many people doing it better than me… A few weeks ago I started a new design focused blog but already forgot about it! So there’s no point of keeping things scattered around if I can’t keep up with updating them.
The second option was to shut down the blog and move the photos into a new site. This new place would focus on projects, moving away from the blog format. But just thinking about this makes me feel at loss. You always want what you don’t have!
None of these options are suitable. I’d rather have a stale site that represents who I was at a certain point time than having no site at all!
So my plan is not to solve the problem at all but to reorganize things in a different way so it feels fresh again:
- I’m going to shut down all my side project blogs and use this place as a link dump. The audience for it? Myself. I’ll be able to come back in a few years and learn about what was capturing my attention in a specific time. I’ll use it as a one person delicious. Plus the title of this site serves that purpose well.
- I’m going to create a personal site and move the more personal content and photos there. I will also start to publish more photos, perhaps daily. If I find the need to publish something in a longer form, I’ll have a proper space for it.
Before I can do any of this I have to finish a new WordPress theme that I’ve been working on. Parallel to that I have to go through all the blog posts (painful… ) to decide what to keep and what to purge for good. Good times!