I’m still at the housekeeping stage which is why I haven’t deliberately told anyone about this blog

I did tell a lot of people without realising I was doing it, when I started compiling my blogroll. Apparently some or all the blogs thus rolled thereby learned of this blog’s existence. But I haven’t been sending out messages to mere readers yet, e.g. by linking to this blog from Samizdata. This is not because I despise readers. I like readers, mostly. It is because there is still tweaking and tuning to be done, and I am still at the navel gazing stage. I am still mostly blogging about “This blog” rather than doing much in the way of real blogging about culture, education, the Billion Monkeys (concerning whom more anon), etc..

Some people have the trick of getting everything perfect before they start something, but when it comes to blogging I’m a load-fire-take-aim kind of character. I start it up, in a visible but totally unadvertised way that I can’t be blamed for. Some people then pick it up on their radar systems and have a look, and tell other people anyway, and so it starts. And only then does it become clear to me what else needs to be done.

For instance, the bit where it says .COM after BRIAN MICKLETHWAIT in the picture at the top has got to go. As stated here, Brian Micklethwait is title enough. A new picture has been concocted, but the means of getting the blog itself to pay attention to this new picture had not yet been put in place.

The sidebar stuff to the left is okay at the main page and for the archives, but is still the same mess it was to start with when you start commenting or investigating who has tracked back.

And so on. More necessary changes will doubtless become obvious to me as the days and weeks pass.

And of course, by the time I am ready to start telling people about this blog on purpose, everyone who cares will know about it already.

Originally posted at Brian Micklethwait’s Old Blog

One thought on “I’m still at the housekeeping stage which is why I haven’t deliberately told anyone about this blog”

  1. Four comments on the original of this, including two from me:

    .COM has gone!

    Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 19 July 2005

    And the sidebar here at comments is also as I want it!

    Well done team!

    Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 19 July 2005

    For your tweaking pleasure:
    when I checked “notify of comments”, I’ve got an automatic reply from postmaster in my mailbox that your return adress (@ libertarian something) is invalid.

    Mere reader

    Posted by Tatyana on 20 July 2005

    Oh my. I really know what you mean. Yes. Having just started blogging again after a gap of a couple of years, the software is so clever, and the templates so pretty, it’s like mine eyes are all dazzled by form, and content is like writing post-it notes. I’m hoping for a gradual evolution of all this, slowly. It’s rather like moving house and finding after a few months that you need to replaster.

    Posted by brendadada on 20 July 2005

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