Why the blog?

Now that I've had this site going for over a year I thought I'd take some time to explain the things I'm writing about, and why of the blog.

First of all, I've been doing this for some time now. I opened my first blog in 2011. Some time later I opened another short-lived site where I wrote reviews. Then in 2013 I challenged myself to write four articles per month for a year about the IT industry, in a blog called Window Into IT. Some time later I posted on Medium for a while, too.

And through writing for so long I learned a ton. But most importantly I learned that I wasn't interested in keeping an average blog.

If you do a quick search on writing how-to you'll see pages about selling your posts. They'll tell you to write a compelling title, focus on the problems of your audience, and so on. And at the end of the day the advice always boils down to making money. The idea is that if your posts don't have a large audience and aren't making you money, then writing them is a waste of time.

And that's where this site is really an anti-blog - it's aim isn't to make money or even attract an audience. I started it as a way to write about the things I'm interested in, and to represent myself on the web without a corporation acting as middle man. It's also one of my major 'just-for-fun' hobbies.

The things I'm writing about don't always have compelling titles and aren't always interesting to a lot of people. But in the past decade some of the writing I enjoyed the most didn't have broad readership, but instead came from people who were passionate about subjects, researched them, and wrote about them. That's what I'm trying to do here.

I'm not trying to be easy, practical, or entertaining, I'm writing for fun about the things I'm interested in. If a few people find something helpful that's just a bonus.

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