Critical Section


Sunday,  02/26/06  09:47 AM

So it has been well over a month since I began blogging again.  Nothing is less interesting than blogging about blogging, but Sunday mornings are for reflecting, so well...

In the three years since I began, blogging has come a long way.  It is now pretty "mainstream"; lots of famous people blog, some people even have become famous through blogging, and the 'blogosphere' has become an important element of U.S. public life.  Meanwhile I just continue has I have, reading blogs and filtering, and noting things of interest.  Probably the main thing that's happened recently is that blogging is trying to become a business.  But it just doesn't work.  Nobody is willing to pay for reading blogs, so the only source of income is advertising, and very few blogs have sufficient traffic to generate much revenue from ads.  Many readers like me consume blogs with an RSS reader (like SharpReader), and others visit blog sites using Firefox with Adblock, and hence don't even see the ads.  Whatever drives people to blog - and I don't fully understand why I blog, let alone anyone else - it isn't money.  I actually think it is ego.  It is fun seeing your stuff up there in public, and even more fun realizing a bunch of people value it enough to come by and read it.  And link to it.

I started out blogging because I wanted to write a book, and thought blogging would be a good way of prototyping.  That may still happen - I hope so - although it turns out being CTO of a growing startup and father of a growing family appear to be incompatible with making time for writing.  (That's my reason anyway, even if it isn't an excuse.)  Meanwhile blogging remains fun, and so it remains something I do.  Thanks for visiting, and please stay tuned!

About Me

Greatest Hits
Correlation vs. Causality
The Tyranny of Email
Unnatural Selection
Aperio's Mission = Automating Pathology
On Blame
Try, or Try Not
Books and Wine
Emergent Properties
God and Beauty
Moving Mount Fuji The Nest Rock 'n Roll
IQ and Populations
Are You a Bright?
Adding Value
The Joy of Craftsmanship
The Emperor's New Code
Toy Story
The Return of the King
Religion vs IQ
In the Wet
the big day
solving bongard problems
visiting Titan
unintelligent design
the nuclear option
estimating in meatspace
second gear
On the Persistence of Bad Design...
Texas chili cookoff
almost famous design and stochastic debugging
may I take your order?
universal healthcare
triple double
New Yorker covers
Death Rider! (da da dum)
how did I get here (Mt.Whitney)?
the Law of Significance
Holiday Inn
Daniel Jacoby's photographs
the first bird
Gödel Escher Bach: Birthday Cantatatata
Father's Day (in pictures)
your cat for my car
Jobsnotes of note
world population map
no joy in Baker
vote smart
exact nonsense
introducing eyesFinder
to space
where are the desktop apps?