Yes, this is the 1000th post here on SelfAwarePatterns. I started this blog in November, 2013, largely from two motivations. One was because I had done Nanowrimo the previous November. (Nanowrimo is a challenge to write a novel in a month. Worth checking out if you’ve ever had that ambition.) I felt bad about not doing Nano that year, and starting a blog seemed like a good alternative for writing development.
But the other motivation was just to have a place to comment on things without space limitations, arbitrary commenting policies, or biased moderators getting in the way. After an absence of several years, I had returned to online discussions primarily to test my conclusions, to see what kinds of arguments people could make against them, and out of a desire to connect with people with similar interests.
I went through 2012 and much of 2013 happily commenting on news sites and other people’s blogs. But by late 2013, I’d had numerous comments on Huffpost blocked, and a few bloggers who had deleted one or more comments, not for rudeness, but for simply disagreeing with the content. When news stories broke about the biased moderators on many news sites, I decided it was time to get my own little spot on the web.
An early delightful surprise was the friendly and thoughtful commentary from fellow bloggers in the WordPress.com community. I’ve participated in many online environments over the decades, and I have to say this is one of the best, if not the best, for lucid thoughtful discussions on complex topics. I’ve found a lot of friends in this community. It’s hard to see this blog lasting as long as it has without them.
Posting frequency has varied a lot over the years, from the daily posting in the first year, to what I’ve often referred as a “blogging winter” in late 2017 and most of 2018. It was a relief to be able to reestablish the posting habit in 2019.
From the beginning, this has been a blog preoccupied with the mind, but also with science, philosophy, space, science fiction, history, and society, although occasionally veering into other topics. I used to do more political posts, but those are pretty rare now, mostly reflecting my own disgust with the topic these days, but also a suspicion that there’s already enough of that elsewhere.
This year, technical problems forced me to change my theme for the first time in years. I’ve gradually become used to the new one. It looks like soon I’ll have to change editors, which will be a new experience I have mixed feelings about. On the one hand, the block editor will provide features I’ve always been annoyed were absent, such as tables, which will enhance the content, but it will definitely be a different experience to the simple one I’ve been used to for years.
I’m not going to make predictions about what I’ll post on in the future. Past attempts tended to be wide of the mark. But it’s hard to see stopping anytime soon. If you have opinions on things and a desire to talk about them, I highly recommend blogging. It’s a much better experience than most other avenues.
As always, I remain grateful for my online friends and the conversations we’ve had. You’re what makes this worth doing. I hope the next 1000 posts are as enjoyable as the first!