Why a blog? I have two main purposes in mind:
- Opinions & ideas that are too long for my Twitter. I’ll probably tweet links to these posts.
- Knowledge management: I often make things after reading on the web about how to make them. Sometimes I think, “the internet was wrong” or “I could explain it better than that.” Now I have a space to see whether I can make some small contributions to human knowledge that others might stumble upon and benefit from. I benefit tremendously from internet knowledge so I ought to give back what I can.
- (Can I not make this sub-bullet A? This blog is off to a poor start) I will also benefit from my own notes on past projects. In particular, I use Brewtoad to design homebrew recipes, but lack a good system for storing notes on the process & results. I like how the Mad Fermentationist logs his brews on a WordPress blog.
Given that this may be a jumble of posts on DIY, beer, electoral politics, data analysis, etc. I expect that very few people will read through the blog continuously or follow it. But if a few of the right readers find each post via other means, that’ll do. And if no one reads it, at least I have a place to take notes.