Updated September 15, 2023.
Adam Keys provides thoughts on leadership, managemen, and coding. While I’m no longer in the management game, I stick around to watch a man think.
Kev Quirk. See below.
Robin Sloan. See below.
Derek Sivers says a lot of things that make me think. I like that.
Rediscovering the Small Web by Parimal Satyal.
Brad Taunt, who is always pushing the boundaries of simple.
I am not a designer. While I appreciate pretty, readable, useable, and lightweight (I love lightweight), I am not a designer. Well-designed, beautiful places on the web do inspire me. While some of these sites may have a blog, I had to make a special place to call out the whole package:
As I write this I’ve spent a good hour browsing James A. Mathias’s site. I find it completely fascinating, from the writing to the archives to just the way of it. When I found the sitemap, my jaw might have actually dropped.
Inspirations for My Site
Credit where credit is due, here are some places that inspired this site.
Blogging and Writing
I have maintained a blog in some form since 2004. Those early days had a fair bit of writing as I interacted with blog writers from across the spectrum (I remember many of them being on Xanga). I miss those days! I also need to write for my own well being, but private journaling has not been a habit I’ve been able to maintain long term. It seems I need to hit a publish button to get a little dopamine in the mix. Thankfully some folks, unbeknownst to most of them, have encouraged me to just jump in and write:
Kev Quirk’s #100DaysToOffload smacked me in the face and said why not. It even had me playing with using Mastodon as what amounted to a hashtag bank. (His personal site also generally inspires me to create simple, lightweight things to share.) As the man says: Just. Write.
Craig Mod and his epic newsletters and projects. I particularly like the idea of writing and experiences as projects; things that can have both a begin and, importantly, end date.
Adam Wood's array of writing from blogs to microblogs to newsletters are all an inspiration.
Documenting as a Goal
One thing I know about myself is that I’m a list person. In childhood I had lists of my books and my baseball cards. I would even scour baseball boxscores every week in Sporting News, making my own lists of the achievements therin. In other words, as much as I’d like to resist it, I have that human need to document (a link should go here because I read that somewhere). These are some places that encourage me to pursue this goal:
Simon Collison’s style of articles with a stream alongside them was certainly an inspiration. I’m doing it a little differently; at least for now.
kottke.org is the ultimate example of one person absorbing, learning, and becoming a filter for the web that I find incredibly valuable. I don’t visit Kottke daily, or even weekly, but every so often I dive in and discover so many things of interestingness.
Extensive book notes that people share on their sites. The most obvious example is Derek Sivers’s Books I’ve Read.
This idea is drawn from the historical commonplace book. It is very similar to the simple documenting goal above, but I consider it a sort of “starring” of found things. Some specific websites also helped me collect my thoughts around this concept: