Bringing Back the Blog
I have been reading a lot about habit formation lately, as part of my venture to becoming a better person. I have read a variety of content, from numerous essays on self-improvement, to “Atomic Habits” by James Clear (an excellent read for those interested in habits), and there is one habit I have wanted to start for a while: blogging. In the past, most of my content has been concentrated into long-form essays, where I have covered everything from my thoughts on a “Heartland Visa” for talented prospective immigrants, to why human capital is not the same as venture capital. I have enjoyed writing my long-from content and have been able to articulate some of my best ideas in-depth, for the edification of the public at large.
The main problem with writing long-form essays, however, is the amount of content that gets discarded. Typically, I go through three or four different ideas — and start writing the introduction and a few paragraphs for each — before settling on one idea that I can write about in the level of detail I am used to. This is a real problem, because the ideas that I have that are not detailed enough to be articulated in thousands of words are never seen. Indeed, I could use Twitter to share some of my shorter thoughts, and I do. But Twitter limits one’s character usage to a certain amount, which means that I often have to refactor my thoughts to the point where I miss some important insight. Therefore, I am going to start blogging.
I think that blogging will become more popular in the future. In the early 2000’s, everyone wanted to have a blog because it gave them a voice — the ability to publish their thoughts to the world. The rise of social media made a lot of people stop blogging, because they could now develop “closer” relationships with their friends, and get instant feedback on their thoughts in the form of likes. I shall not cover how this has compromised the integrity of our thoughts in this post, but I will reinforce the fact that social media significantly harmed blogging.
I have noticed a new trend recently toward blogging and individual content ownership. Many people are starting to reject the notion of integrating social media into every aspect of their life, in favor of producing more thoughtful and detailed content on a platform they control. The individual should have complete power over their content, rather than an external platform. It is for this exact reason that so many people have expressed their dissatisfaction with Medium — the platform has engaged in activities that have compromised their integrity, and writers now writers want complete control over their content.
More people have started to create their own blogs because they control everything, from the design to how content is shared and how users can interact. It is even more powerful when someone owns their own domain — in a sense, they now have their own little corner on the internet that is theirs. Blogging also allows someone to distribute content with their own values at the forefront of their content. They don’t have to worry about the ethics of the platform like Twitter or Medium, because they own their content. Blogging allows people to cut through the weeds and distribute thoughtful content, without external barriers getting in the way that end up affecting the quality of the content. Owning one’s own writing will become even more popular in the future, and I am trying to get in on the ground floor of this change.
There is nothing more powerful than the written word. You can change the mind of someone thousands of miles away simply by writing a blog post — or posting a social media thread, I suppose. Words allow you to connect with others on a more intimate level. To inspire others. To compile your thoughts in a way so that other people can gain a firmer insight into your mindset.
There are a few things that you should expect from this blog. Firstly, I am going to publish on a daily basis — even when I am on holiday or am really busy at work. I hope for blogging to become a new constant in my life, alongside nurturing my innate sense of curiosity, reading actively, and journaling — among other things, of course. I am going to be writing about everything that I am interested in, which includes the following: education, capitalism, investing in people, Income Share Agreements, cities, independent research, and startups.
You should not expect heavily edited content from this blog, at least in the first few weeks. The key to habit formation is to make something simple and quick to start and maintain, and so I do not intend on publishing in-depth essays every day. I am going to use this blog to share my thoughts, develop new thoughts, and think through some ideas that I have written in my notepad. If one of my ideas inspires you, excellent! If you don’t read my content often, that’s fine too. I love writing, and hope that someone gets something out of it (that person will be me most of the time!). I shall check in tomorrow with my next blog post.