One of the more interesting personal learnings from this project is a rediscovery of what I have come to call ‘the necessity of the analogue’. After spending time constructing a moderately elaborate, robust infrastructure of online services to support my research and writing, I found myself writing many of my key insights and findings in black ink in small notebooks.
One detrimental aspect of researching blogging is that there is a practically infinite buffet of blog-related news always available no more than one distracted mouse-click away. I found that writing on the laptop affords far too many distractions. Typing is not a problem, but I have done the majority of my most effective thinking, analysing and writing off-line.
A blank page is a blank page affording only opportunities — not endless distractions.