Back in 2002 (or thereabouts), I started writing up my thoughts on technology at a site that I dubbed “Technovia“. About fifteen years later, after about a year’s break from blogging, I went back and found that at some point the database holding all that content had become corrupt. Thousands of posts, disappeared, and despite some pretty exhaustive investigation I’ve yet to find a way to get it back. I could probably do some snazzy SQL export and import, some kind of magic incantation, but at this point, when the site has been down for over a year, it’s just not worth it.
Which brings me here: Technovia’s successor, which I’ll be constructing over the next few weeks and months.
I actually feel like starting with a clean slate is actually appropriate. It’s not that I’m ashamed of my old posts, or feel the weight of history on me (there’s no way I could be that pretentious — my one significant contribution to “knowledge” can sit in Archive.org and Wikipedia for the rest of time — but that I feel there’s a new age of technology now, and it deserves somewhere new to write about it.
The aim is to write something everyday. I’m following the “500ish words” model that MG Siegler pioneered, but hopefully with a little more regularity. It’s going to be rough — think of this as first drafts — but I think that’s perfectly fine.
And I might well stray from the world of technology regularly too. There days, I’m not an active participant in the world of technology journalism. I do more management and thinking about media and business models than I do about bits and bytes. So don’t expect too much commentary on the latest tech events only.
I think it will be fun, for me. I hope it will be for you too.