A Blank Sheet of Paper

I have a bunch of websites, and I was pseudo-blogging for a while. ‘Pseudo-blogging’ refers to editing old-school static websites not based on blog software. In contrast to what usability experts might say, I feel that the user interface does not matters. There were times of intense (pseudo-)blogging: Coding and writing html tags in a text editor did not stop me. There were other times of silence – when the most user-friendly interface would not have made me talk.

These pseudo-blog sites are old, but maybe not really outdated. I found, there are recurring topics in my writing: suddenly I resurrect an old text that turns out to be perfectly up-to-date.

So what to do with all those old sites? Unfortunately, I am good at data and software migration, and I have technically updated these sites over and over.

But I like the idea of starting all over again, using a blank sheet of paper. Randy Komisar talks about business and startup in his book – The Monk and the Riddle. In passing, he mentions that he considers business an art and starting new businesses equivalent to writing on the proverbial blank sheet of paper.

I second this – I also like the blank-sheet-of-paper-feeling – with respect to business, but also with respect to (pseudo-)blogging.

However, I am simply unable to dispose old content. Thus I have temporarily closed most of existing websites by hiding the pages – by means of my home-grown content management system. My existing websites look bleak – on purpose. Behind the scenes, I am editing and re-arranging the old pages. I am actually re-discovering them.

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This is sort of notice to the readers of my existing websites who might have followed a link from there to this blog. I am still in the mode of clandestine blogging, but I provided some one-way links that might be found.

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