Why blog?

August 2015

I like writing about the thoughts in my head because it helps me to have more thoughts.

(That’s why I’m writing this particular post, in fact. I want to make sure I understand concretely what I’m trying to get out of this blog)

I often have rather in-depth monologues going on inside my head, but they usually stay there unless they make it into my journal. Blogging will help me to get a tighter grip on all the ideas that come into my head, and ideas are valuable things. Paul Graham has written an entire essay about this concept. In it he explains:

Expressing ideas helps to form them. Indeed, helps is far too weak a word. Most of what ends up in my essays I only thought of when I sat down to write them. That’s why I write them.
I highly recommend reading that essay. I just reread it, and I already have a stronger desire to think more.

Actually, I recommend reading any essay written by Paul Graham. His wisdom-filled writings have been a powerful inspiration to me, and they often change the way I think about the world. He is a great thinker, and it’s probably partly because he writes so much. I would like to be like that.

So yes, that’s the impetus behind this website. I do have a few ulterior motives, though. I have a few plans for monetizing it in case I gain enough popularity. My favorite would be to write reviews for gadgets and things and then have companies send me free stuff in exchange. Short of that, I guess I can always resort to adding a “donate to my World of Warcraft account college fund” button. Either way, the current business model is simple:

  1. Write interesting things
  2. ???
  3. Profit!
I find that I like writing my ideas here a lot more than just writing them in my journal. It’s comforting to have the possibility of someone reading the fruits of my labors, and that’s not very likely with only a journal (except for the case of hooligans raiding my house).

So here’s to many thought-provoking blog posts in the years to come. Ho ho ho.


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