2023 Updates, Site Direction
New year, new site.
When I started this site, I had the intention of sharing my “projects, opinions, and personal life”, but after over a year and a half, I want to shift the direction of my site. To reflect on the original scope of my site:
Projects - Only after creating this section did I realize how few projects I complete are worth sharing. For the handful that I completed but did not share, I found that stopping to document each milestone impeded my creative process. Additionally, I have been feeling burned out from my material-based “hobbies” (keyboards, computers, audio, etc). I am very satisfied with my minimal collection and don’t want to put any more time, money or energy into the minutia of trivial changes.
Opinions - I’m very satisfied with how my blog has turned out, though I do wish it was more plentiful. Sometimes I feel pressured to put more effort or research into my posts, but some of my best work on this site has come from spur-of-the-moment unedited writing.
Personal life - This site briefly had a page summarizing my current life happenings, though I ended up removing it. The more years I spend online, the less I care to disclose my personal life. The expectation of online privacy seems to be fading, but I still care to maintain a low profile online. However, I believe that personal anecdotes are great ways to communicate with an audience and will continue to share bits about me when appropriate.
Based upon my reflections, I have defined a new scope that better aligns with my ideas for the future of this site:
Thoughts - The blog will remain an integral part of my website. Not much will change here other than the frequency of posts; I am aiming for two per month.
Research - Addressing my desire and ambition to write research-based, semi-formal posts, I will create a separate section of the site for these types of articles. Whereas blog posts will contain casual opinions and processes, articles will be presented objectively and may reference my independent research. My semi-defunct notes section may merge with this.
Reference - I love love love the docs section. Writing technical guides and reference material is very enjoyable and will be my main focus this year. I have a lot of fun plans that will be revealed at a later date.
I hope to have everything sorted out and operational by the spring. You may get a blog post or two from me, but all other changes will take me some time to implement.