Moleskinning a Blog

October 8, 2020

The Dent, on blogging and what to blog:

Despite barely posting to my blog for months, I’m still weirdly precious about what I post there. I always feel like I should only post longer form posts or something that I’ve over thought.

My little blog isn’t going to get popular, and frankly I wouldn’t want the pressure of it being so. Because of this, it’s completely unnecessary for me to be so protective of the kind of content I share here. I’m pretty sure I’ve said this in the past, but I’m once again going to make a concerted effort to just post.

Nitin Khanna introduced me to the term of “moleskinning” your blog here, which makes perfect sense:

[…] stop moleskinning your blog. It’s not a perfect, pristine place which must always reflect the best work you’ve ever done. It’s alive. It’s a creative space where your ideas should stare you in the face so you can always work on them, and when they’re presentable, you can show them to the world. If you don’t ever want to, that’s fine too.

I’m still not quite sure how to approach what I post here on this blog. Looking back over time, I’d like to to be a loose record of the things that I was into and what was important in the world at that time. So far that’s the case. I’m guilty of over-thinking that a lot, though, and I’d like to get better. It doesn’t need to be perfect. Just publishing something is the goal.

via Matt Birchler