In the sixth month of keeping this blog, I am taking stock. For anyone thinking of doing something similar, I am enjoying it thoroughly, finding it valuable in exploring thoughts, hopefully sharpening them in the process. This recent post by Fred Wilson on blogging, and particularly the excerpt below, captures some of the personal joy and value of the effort.
Have a long form blog on a domain that you own and that is permanent. Like Anil Dash says in the comments to Tom’s post, this is about compiling a set of work that is substantial. Anil says:
Based on the past dozen years that I’ve been writing it, I expect that my blog will in some ways be one of the most significant things I create in my life.
I’m 100% with Anil on this. People ask me when I am going to write a book and I laugh at that suggestion. AVC is more than a book will ever be. It is live, it is deep (in terms of total posts), it keeps going, evolving, and ends when I end.
I agree completely.