In 2019, I posted 931 entries, all post views were up to +14,000 views by +9,000 visitors to cafebedouin.org, roughly three times the level of last year. Most of the views are concentrated either on the main page or the most popular posts:
- Don’t Shoot the Dog by Karen Pryor: Summary
- Mutt on OpenBSD & Linux: configuring gpg/gpg2 & ~/.muttrc
- The 1619 Project – The New York Times
- Installing LineageOS on a Samsung Device
- Hamonshu: A Japanese Book of Wave and Ripple Designs (1903) – The Public Domain Review
My favorite posts of the year:
In 2019, I went for a twice a day posting schedule that expanded to three times a day mid-year as I incorporated a review of my photo archive. Frankly, this is a brutal posting schedule. I could probably do twice a day comfortably, but I think I’m going to focus a bit more on quality and only commit to doing a single post a day and maybe do something original once a week in the coming year.
I still would like to move to a format where half the posts are in a Foucault hupomnemata-style, i.e., “to capture the already-said, to collect what one has managed to hear or read, and for a purpose that is nothing less than the shaping of the self.” And I think some of the sources I have mentioned last year are still worth exploring:
- I have been collecting rules and maxims for life over the last 1.5 years or so, and there are now over 400 of them. I could do a year just using these as writing prompts.
- I still haven’t included very much material from the commonplace book I kept for years before starting cafebedouin.org. Adding in material from it with some reflection now that it has been several years might be interesting.
- Open-ended stream-of-consciousness writing. However, it probably won’t be much fun to read. I beg your pardon.
Offline, I did Postcard Friday, on more of a monthly basis this year. And I think this was both good and something to do more of, perhaps with tie-in to the blog. Still thinking through how this might work, so maybe something for next year?
In short, expect some changes and fewer posts in the coming year.