20 Years of Blogging: What I’ve Learned

“…always write with the idea that what you’re sharing will live for months and years and decades.

I also do still strongly believe that someone who really has a strong point of view, and substantive insights into their area of interest, can have huge impact just by consistently blogging about that topic. It’s not currently the fashionable way to participate in social media, but the opportunity is still wide open.”

—Anil Dash, “20 Years of Blogging: What I’ve Learned.” AnilDash.com. July 22, 2019.

The post is a little heavy on “I told you so,” but there’s interesting nuggets if you want to dig for them. I particularly liked this from his fifteenth year anniversary post:

Meta-writing about a blog is generally super boring.”

3 thoughts on “20 Years of Blogging: What I’ve Learned

  1. thanks for this. I have been spinning my wheel thinking about writing about my impressions of Turkey/ Istanbul specifically how the ‘call to prayer’ was such a profound a pervasive part of the journey from my arrival through to departure.
    I keep trying to figure out what I am trying to say with my writing but perhaps that is meta-thinking:) I had never heard the term meta-writing but it is true, you either write or you don’t you don’t have to explain what or where or when.
    I don’t really want to write anything political or religious or a travelogue(ish) but I think all three of those things are pretty hard to avoid if talking about life.
    this Turkey piece is in my head so I need to get it down on paper, then I guess I will “push the pink button’ or not.

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    1. Your comment makes me think of Eric S. Raymond’s essay, “The Cathedral and the Bazaar.” Software development is a type of writing. You can approach it like building a Cathedral, where everything is planned out in advance. Or, you can use the bazaar model, where you write something and then re-write it or edit it and re-write or edit it again and so on until you get tired of working on it.

      There’s nothing wrong with having a framework, an outline say, but often, I find, it is impossible to know what I might think until I try to write it. Once written, it’s never as good as I imagined when I started. But, I think it is the process of the work that shapes both what you want to say and your abilities to say it. Do it long enough and you might get there, becoming the cathedral in a way.

      http://www.catb.org/~esr/writings/cathedral-bazaar/cathedral-bazaar/
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cathedral_and_the_Bazaar

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      1. thanks for the link, my mind works much more comfortably with a ‘bazaar model’. I am comfortable not knowing where I am been led although sometimes I see it as a whole I can’t see the middle part, the journey to completion.
        Reading this made me think of a quote I really like so I looked it up again.
        “I like to say there are two kinds of writers. There are the architects and the gardeners. The architects plan everything before they set a word to paper. , like an architect building a house. they draw up the blueprints, and they know how deep the foundations will be. The gardener, meanwhile, digs a hole, and plants a seed, and waters it with his blood, and tries to shape what comes up. I think all writers are part architect and part gardener, but the proportions differ. I’m much more a gardener than an architect.” George R.R. Martin
        Thanks for getting me thinking in those terms again. I am definitely a gardener……..

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