Tentative test, caught up in technical bravado...
Old blog got destroyed in a maelstrom of corruption. The
lesson here is don't worry about it. Probably something
about keeping backups too, but mainly, don't worry. There
was some good stuff in there though. Never mind.
New blog, up-to-date WordPress, plug-is rapidly being added
in to keep maintenance to a minimum. Running on a Pi by the
phone at home. (I should really offer to help people set up
blogs more. Get in touch if you'd like to step into the
wonderful world of self-hosting.)
But also a chance to work out what I want to actually do
with my weeknotes, or maybe monthnotes,
like James, or maybe slow
week notes, like Giuseppe. Feels like a lot of people
are reflecting on the weeknotes process. Good. Reflection is
the only thing that will save any of us. Obviously this
isn't a new thing - Sam
has some great meta back in 2017. (This is also a
great place to start if you have no idea what weeknotes are.
I think I want to carry on my own, personal "style", which
is not really a style. (Or, the 'Anti-structure' style, as Sam
describes it as.) There are times when structure is
great - for setting out shared standards and expectations,
and for making sure you've covered everything you want to
My own style is a bit more free-flow than though. If I'm
using writing to reflect, then it's most valuable
when there's something I'm trying to figure out. And I find
my figuring-out process is just to ... 'prototypical' and
chaotic to fit neatly into structures. I end up thinking
more about hitting the lines set out by a frame than being
honest and working through a problem.
The challenge for me is not unique to weeknoters, but is
still a very real one - how much can and should one delve
into issues in a public way? Should I move to smaller,
semi-private and more focused groups as I
mooted on Twitter?
Anyway, I'm going to hit send on this and see if it reaches
the world, or vanishes into the dark matter of the invisible
internet. That place where digital monsters swish their
tails that circle the globe, and feed off solar storms.
(Update: Not quite first time success. This is actually the
second third fourth time
I'm sending this.)