I want to start blogging again after listening to a couple podcast episodes
- Garry Tan on “How I Write with David Perell” (old school blogs)
- DHH on “The Aarthi and Sriram Show” (beauty of the old internet)
- Nathan Barry on “Deep Dive with Ali Abdaal” (writing 1000 words daily and publishing quite a bit of it)
As much as I want to publish a Short every day, there does end up being a lot of mental friction before hitting publish. Maybe in some way I think if I get too many videos with low viewership in a row then the algorithm will begin to hate me. I have no idea if it’s true or not. But it’s not like there are people really commenting mean things, it’s just hearing—using a David Perell phrase here—the crickets of indifference.
I listen to a lot of podcasts and want to at least turn some of that into… something? If I can grab one quote from one podcast every single day and write a few thoughts on it then that could add up over the course of years. If anything that’s at least an easy newsletter digest. Hopefully some patterns or principles or frameworks or something can begin to emerge from it.
It also would be a fun way to get back to how I started making things on the internet.
I had a blog on WordPress 20 years ago—geez—and as far as I can tell it looks like it was version 1.2. The earliest posts I can find were about Troy, the Friends finale, Van Helsing, and prom.
At the time there were a lot more blogs similar to what Daring Fireball and Kottke keep alive. Multiple posts per day and some posts simply a single link and a sentence. (Today they’ve also added their podcasts and newsletters.)
Here’s a screenshot from the 2005 version of my blog (which makes me nostalgic for the annual tradition of redesigning a personal blog). I was just a college student. Bill Simmons was just the Sport’s Guy.
Anyway, every day I’ll aim to link to a podcast episode I listened to with a quote and a couple thoughts. And then I’ll see where it goes from there.
I guess the next three posts can be quotes from the podcasts that got me back to blogging.
(Also I need to change the domain and everything back to Active Recall.)