a change of pace

2021-07-23

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I’ve been keeping this blog for a few years now and every now and then I’m struck by some new inspiration. The result is that what I write about continues to change. I expect that’s always going to be the case, but sometimes I see it coming and sometimes I don’t. Recently, I came across the idea of evergreen notes (again) and can’t stop thinking about them.

Andy’s work has been inspiring since I first saw it, but I want to give it another go. He’s not open sourcing his note system (yet) as it’s still an experiment (though he has open sourced a note-link-janitor). But that doesn’t mean I can’t try to do something that will work for me (what I’m referring to as building a personal-wiki) - after all, as Julia Evans’ says, Build Impossible Software.

What’s this all mean? Well, a few things:

  • For one, I’ve always believed these notes were for myself. Now it’s just a bit more explicit.
  • I also believe that Shawn Wang (Swyx) is onto something with his “Learn In Public” philosophy (it’s why I write in public in the first place).
  • It also means that I’ll probably have more errors - if you see one, please feel free to let me know! It also means that notes will likely be less full baked. It’s not that I won’t still want to write tutorials / how-tos, etc., but that I’ll be showing even more of the steps along the way.
  • Hopefully, it will also mean more learning! Whether that’s because the notes are more focused, linked by concepts, or just that I’m freer to explore and make new connections.

Hi there and thanks for reading! My name's Stephen. I live in Chicago with my wife, Kate, and dog, Finn. Want more? See about and get in touch!