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Saturday, November 26th, 2011

I have started a new blog that you might want to visit. It is more personal than this one, and somewhat less cerebral. You can find it here. It has lots of big pictures with brief, thoughtful captions. The images are interspersed with pithy quotes. Most of the quotes are things I’ve said on Twitter, but a few come from other people and other places. Many of the pictures are taken on my new farm in Petaluma, California.

Lately I’ve been putting my software and business related posts up on the Cooper blog, called the Cooper Journal. Over the last few months I’ve posted quite a few essays and a few of them have attracted considerable attention. My esteemed colleagues at Cooper also post lots of brilliant stuff on the Journal that you will likely find interesting.

I’m not sure what will go on this blog, except that I’ve been working on my bibliography for 2011 which I will post very early in the new year. Creating this blog is what spurred me to begin making a summary of the books I’ve read during the year. I’ve come to really enjoy this annual recap. All of my life I’ve been a voracious reader but I’ve never kept records. This exercise has forced me to do a little detective work at the end of the year to remember all of the titles. A few of them surprise me: “Did I really read that one?”, while a few of them are unforgettable. I also find myself wanting to write more and longer reviews, so I need to edit more aggressively to keep them brief and pithy. Even so, I just checked, the current list is 15 pages long. Stay tuned.


Sunday, March 21st, 2010

I’m trying to learn how to be a good blogger. I’m modestly handicapped by being a published author, and I tend to think I know what I’m doing, but reality keeps whacking me upside the head, and revealing my misconceptions. The toughest challenge for me is brevity; I think all of my posts are too long.

I used to think that brief blog posts were trivial, largely because they seemed so extemporaneous and self-indulgent and, of course, the bad ones are. Good blog postings are also very brief, but they speak profoundly about important things and they provoke thought, comment, and dialog.

I find Seth Godin’s blog posts shockingly brief, and yet, they are so brief that I read all of them, and most of them are excellent. If my blog has fewer, longer posts, will we have equivalent readership and influence? I suspect not.

It’s certainly not a new lesson to me that it’s harder to be profound in fewer words, but the blogosphere takes things to an unfamiliar extreme. The medium really does change the nature of the message.

(It has been a good exercise for me to write this post: It’s 181 words long, but I started out with more than three times that)