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Offloading

May 17, 2020

Inspired by some recent posts on Hacker News I thought I would bit the bullet and write again for the hell of it. I came across https://100daystooffload.com/ at the footer of a blog I was reading and thought it sounded like a relaxing way to write. I have next to no expectations, plans or ideas to write about right now. I will write though. I am sure after enough writing, I’ll find areas that are worth a little more attention. Maybe not.

Ironically, I know this is stark contradiction to a post I wrote recently on only writing when I have something deep to say. I thought writing for the hell of it was shallow and self serving. It probably is. What I realise now is that I don’t have a blog because I have some dream of being an influencer or a subscriber base a mile long. I just like writing things. It helps me think. Having it in public makes me think a litter harder and try say things worth saying. Other than that I am happy to exist in the backwaters of the internet. I have other things in my world that are far more likely to make me money or even more well known.

I’ve never been a big fan of social media. I consume it, but posting there always felt strange. I get a little pang of wondering if the people who ‘follow’ me would want to read what I’m about to say. Most of the time I say ‘no’ and delete a draft. Here I can write anything because I am on a platform of one. There are no accounts, except mine. No posts, except mine. No comments or likes. If you like what I wrote email me or talk to me about it. If you don’t, I hope you like the next post. That’s it.

So with all that in mind, here I am writing about writing. I will aim to post 100 things over the next 365 days. Some of them will be garbage I promise. Some might be okay. I’ll write in between. I have posts in draft that are long overdue. But I make no promises other than to write something.

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