Why I started a blog…

32 posts in, I think it’s reasonable to think I’ve taken to blogging – at least for the short term. So in the interests of transparency it would be nice to talk about why I started one anyway. Honestly there where three reasons…

Means

If you are going to blog, you need some content, things you are being creative about, or changes in the community you work in. As it happens I’ve got a range of projects that are going quite well and that I’d like to keep people aware of, plus over the last two years I’ve been working quite hard on community engagement in terms of the circles I move it – and I think I’ve got some things to say about the state of the world in particular areas such as assistive technology.

So I certainly could have had a blog

Motive

So I do quite a lot of engagement on twitter – but quite a lot of my most ‘popular’ stuff are links to stories of hate-crime and horrific discrimination – or cool bits of tech, and I’d like to at least be putting some context around the links I send out – Twitter doesn’t really allow for balanced and nuanced views, and I’m a lot more comfortable with filtering things though the blog first – I don’t want to turn around one day and find I’m just a rabble-rouser. I’d like to be about positive content and reasoned argument.

The other half of this was that I find myself agreeing more and more with Your words are wasted – Scott Hanselman – (probably worth a later post on its own) – that every developer/researcher/designer *must* have a blog and that sending content into walled gardens like Facebook and Twitter is a poor second choice to having them on an open and accessible platform.

So I certainly wanted to have a blog…

Opportunity

I’d been encouraged by my day job to move my little projects and fun stuff away from their servers, lest people think that the university endorsed things like the Flowers for Turing Project… So I bought myself a URL, pressed the ‘WordPress’ button and found it came free with a blog…

 

It has, so far, been fairly easy to generate  content for (if it’s good content or not, time and Google will tell) and I’m hoping that will continue. It’s also had a number of other nice secondary bonuses – if they keep being bonuses after a few months then I’ll see about going into them in more detail.

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