Why the blog?

After having this site going for about a year now I thought I'd take some time to give a bit of background, and explain why I'm writing the the posts that I am.

So first of all, I've been doing this for a while now. I opened my first blog in 2011, called Something More. Some time later I opened another short-lived blog called Nicholas Alexander Reviews. Then in 2013 while I was studying at Fanshawe College I challenged myself to writing four articles per month for a year about software and the IT industry. That blog was called Window Into IT. Some time later I posted on Medium for a while, too.

Through writing on sites like this one over the years I learned a ton. But most importantly I learned that I didn't want to be a successful blogger.

If you do a quick Google search on blogging 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 blog 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 blog is really an anti-blog - it's aim isn't to make money or even attract an audience. I started it as a means to write about the things I'm interested in, and to represent myself on the internet without a corporation acting as middle man. It's also one of the few hobbies I have that isn't about making money.

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 greatest books I've read 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 writing to be easy, practical, or entertaining, I'm writing about what I'm interested in. If a few people find something helpful or interesting, that's just a bonus.

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