A place to write

A place to write is important for anyone who wants to share their thoughts and ideas with others. I value my place to write. It is a digital space intended only for me, and what separates it from a tweet or an Instagram story is that it is unequivocally my own. It allows me to offer my words a sense of ownership and permanence. I’m not writing to feed an algorithm or post an opinion that fits the moment. The content is not reactionary to the waterfall of digital media but intentional in how I think.

The blog has a new look and is officially called a blog. Previously, I hosted my writing on Notion, using it as a content manager, and displayed it via a React project. I liked the idea of a live website that updated as I typed; however, this led to many concerns. Firstly, I don’t use Notion anymore. While I still like the platform, I see myself using something else. Secondly, because Notion can change its layout whenever it wants, it breaks my React-based website, and I’m tired of fixing a sinking ship. What I need is something simple for both of us to use.

A place to write should be easy to use, flexible, and reliable. I decided on Jekyll, a static site generator that can transform my markdown into a pleasantly styled website. It’s been around since 2008. Best of all? It’s free to use and doesn’t break easily.

I wrote about curation over consumption, the idea of intentionally consuming content, but equally important is having a space to create content intentionally. Too often, I find myself chasing views, creating content that I otherwise wouldn’t post. You can call me weak, but completely disconnecting myself from metrics frees me to create what I want to make. The social platforms on which you host your work dictate who it’s shown to and profoundly influence how you create it. When I first started on Instagram, I posted original character artwork and joined artist-hosted events. TikTok pushed me to make short, highly edited videos that generated engagement. On Twitter, I engage in tribalism and create content that aligns with the most popular content. It’s not to say that everyone is gullible and easily influenced by social media, nor to say that any of this is nessasarily bad, but it’s hard to deny that the algorithmic nature of these platforms shapes our behavior to some extent.

“Writing is thinking on paper.” - William Zinsser

With my own place to write, I can explore ideas that may not be popular or trendy, but are meaningful to me. If writing is thinking on paper then I want to use my place to write as a space for deep thinking and exploration.

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