I have been having quite a lot of very interesting discussions lately on multiple subjects, and I kept facing the below problems repeatedly:
- I needed to explain the same things again, sometimes with some minor details changed
- The medium through which the discussion was being had didn’t help in expanding adequately
- Sometimes people interposed in the middle of an argument, or the discussion would change subject slightly while I felt there were things not adequately covered
After some thinking about it, I decided to start blogging again (what happened to the old blog is a story for another time btw), and start writing in a way that will help me address the above problems.
My personal reasons
However, in the past few days, in an attempt to structure my thoughts, I came to realise that there are yet more reasons why I want to start blogging, reasons which I believe are far more important for me at least.
For one, even though I sincerely hope people would benefit from what I write here, I am mostly doing this for myself. I want to learn how to properly express my opinions, and also say some things that I feel need to be said about some sacred cows 1. The past few days have proven that I need work on this, and learning to structure my thoughts and ideas will only help me convey my message better and eventually have more meaningful, and hopefully more beneficial discussions.
I believe that communicating through a blog will give me the time I need and help me properly structure my thoughts into a cohesive argument. Moreover, I am confident that the form of a blog encourages being comprehensive, and (equally importantly) encourages an actual narrative, which is near impossible in the character limited nature of twitter or the fast-paced discussions in Slack.
Finally, (and quite importantly to me) the inherent delay will allow me to respond in my own time, and dedicate the time I want to my family and the stuff that I want to do, instead of participating in live discussions (although I am sure I’ll be doing some of that too if something interesting comes along).
Anyway, family comes first, opinions second.
EDIT (2020-08-19): Someone said that I have to have a meme on each post. Apologies for the transgression, and here you go: