The future of this space on the web

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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!

So, what do you think?

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In case you haven’t noticed, not only did I change domain but I also just rolled out the design for this blog. Well this is actually the second iteration, I wasn’t happy about the first attempt; even more after it went live. There are still a few things I might change and there are some loose ends, like the archive (it’s a mess right now).

About the title

So why “Feeding the Robots”? It seems that what we do every day on the web is provide content fo consumption, of people but also of machines. Content gets imported, transformed, tagged, distributed, filtered, etc.
Humans are on the first and last step of this process. So I get this feeling that we are providing machines with content so that later they can provide us.

About the theme

This time I wanted to focus on simplicity, so I went light on the contrast, and I want to focus on the content (blog posts) leaving navigation on the footer. I’m still evaluating that.
I also completely neglected Internet Explorer, most people that bother to come here don’t use it anyway. I might address it in the future, but right now I don’t want to think about it, I do enough of that at work already.
I used HTML5 (well the doctype at least… it validates!) and some css3 features just for fun and because I’m done with using Javascript for rounded corners or other weird techniques that never provide an optimal implementation.

So be nice and drop me off a comment, even if you hate it.

Let’ stop bitching and start raving a lot more :)

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Sunday afternoon

While trying to think about something to blog about I realized that I bitch about stuff a lot, that tends to be annoying, I don’t like that other people do it, so I don’t understand why I do it so much. Since twitter showed up I stopped doing it on this blog and the rhythm slowed down a lot. So in a effort to keep this alive, and to force myself to write more, I’m going to start posting about stuff I like, and I’m going to try to impose a schedule, every week I have to write at least one new post. This is probably going to fail, but I’m going to give it a shot, let’s see if it works. Expect a lot a of posts about music…