Give Your Pen a Workout

25 July 2008
5:14 PM

Writing is like exercise: if you don’t do it regularly, your ability atrophies and it becomes painful to get started again. The upshot is that, once you get into shape, writing can be enjoyable. Sure, it may still be a struggle to get the words right—or to run that last mile—but the payoff beats the pain. Or at least that’s how I remember it because, in addition to being out of practice with writing right now, I am also in terrible shape.

This is my first step towards fixing that, or at least the writing portion. I’m making a commitment to write something for my site at least once a week for the foreseeable future. My goal is to make it more than just an account of what I’m doing; I’d like it to be about things that I think are interesting and that I’m thinking about. There’s no point in posting boring material just for the sake of meeting a deadline.

Fortunately I expect there to be a surfeit of interesting things to write about. In addition to some ideas that I have brewing, I’m moving to Berkeley, Calif. in a couple weeks to start grad school. The School of Information is UC Berkeley’s newest school, and I’ll be studying there for the next couple of years.

A new version of this site is also in the works. I have been tweaking a design for the last several months, one that eliminates my superfluous landing page and incorporates things I post at Twitter, Flickr, and Delicious.

So stay tuned. Hopefully as it gets easier for me to write, it will also be more enjoyable for you to visit and read.

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