A few more words on writing
Thinking a little bit more about why I keep this blog an what I want to achieve with it (if anything).
Just got back from a walk with the dog in the dark; on the railway path between Deaf Hill and Station Town we were briefly followed by a far off light flashing on and off at intervals. Sam thinks that it was folks out lamping for rabbits in the night. We put Ghyll back on his lead and hightailed it out of the woods, seeing nary a soul until we got back to the takeaways across from our estate.
Copied a few more Everything You Have Heard posts over to the blog tonight, which triggered another wave of nostalgia and a bit of a rally in the spirit of recording memories. A couple of folks in our lives are coming, day by day, to the end of theirs, which has got me thinking about what I’ll leave behind when I go too, one day. I don’t intend on leaving much—I think I’d like to Die With Zero if you please—but I hope that I’ll have accrued a significant body of writing (even if most of it’s not particularly interesting) indicating what kind of person I was, and maybe featuring a novel perspective on some bit of niche paraphernalia (teaching in Japan, living in the North East as a Canadian). I hope that, whoever you are, this blog speaks to you in some remote way—even if you’re just me in 10 or 20 years.
One thing I don’t think I’ll be remembered for is my writing on web development and tech in general; although I guess that can’t be discounted. I’m feeling somewhat unmoored from my identity as a Person Working on the Web lately, but I like to write about my work as a way to puzzle out how I actually feel about things. I liked this post about mildly dynamic websites; not only did I agree with what it said, it proved that industry-specific (that’s not to say technical) writing still resonates with me, at least a little bit. There’s still a value to reading opinion pieces like this—so I’ll continue to try and write them, too, when the fancy strikes me.