I stumbled across Posthaven in the past—namely Sam's and Jessica's blogs—and didn't really know what to think of it. It's neat that it's "made to last forever," but the design was never eye-catching. Posthaven sites looked more like Blogger's of the early 2000s than Medium's trademark polish of today. They looked forever stuck between different versions of the Web. To it's credit though, Posthaven is pretty accessible: Pages are responsive, they load quickly, and there's not much in the way of others distractions or nefarious user tracking.
All of these things made it the perfect place to set up (another) shop. Usually I publish at meagher.co. I like having my "own" space on the Web, and all the control that comes with it. Lately, it's been more of a crutch than boon though. You see, I like writing. I like the way I can take stuff out of my head and publish it out to the world. I like how the process really forces you to build upon ideas, see their flaws, and figure out how to communicate something to an audience—in the Web's case—you likely know little about.
And so having my own space, where I have total creative control over everything, including the content, has become overwhelming. Whenever, I returned after not writing for a while, I would agonize over all the control. I would want to redesign the look and feel, spending hours pixel pushing. I wasn't doing any writing at all. I was too concerned about the packaging of the prose that all the worry left me without enough time or energy to do what I originally set out to. Writing is hard enough.
So earlier, as I was attempting yet another redesign, I went stumbling across the Web to look for inspiration. I was looking for sites that have an emphasis on content. Posthaven stopped me dead in my tracks. It's so clear that everything here is about the content and the ideas. The content "is" the design. As I thought about it a bit more, this was exactly what I needed. I needed the lack of control to get started again so I could just focus on writing. There's too much friction on Posthaven to do much of anything else. (Apparently you can customize some HTML/CSS. It wasn't readily apparent how to do so. You know what? I don't care. I'm not going to seek it out.)
Now that I'm committed to writing here, the other point of contention for me has always been what to write about. Older posts of mine focused on everything from generalizing the consumer tech industry, to code tutorials, to personal emotions/feelings. All of those things are "okay" separate topics, but when combined under one umbrella they cause confusion for readers—and the writer (a.k.a. me). It was always excruciating to sit down and figure out what to write about when I didn't have a theme. It meant that everything bouncing around inside my head was weighted equally. Oftentimes, that provided too much inertia to write anything. Or I would start. Then stop. Over and over again.
I'm going to use this space to talk about things I really enjoy, specifically tech and Internet products. I love building them, testing them out, and talking about them at all hours of the day. I should be able to capture that excitement in writing to serve up here. That's my theme, and I'm sticking with it for now.