This blog has been inspired by books more often than not. When I crafted the first version of my personal website many years ago, a database of my favorite books was one of the first things I added and changed frequently.
For better or for worse – I organize my thoughts and my websites in relation to books I have read or pick books in order to find new ways to articulate what is on my subconscious mind.
Based on the feedback on my recent post about favorite books 2013 I am now keeping
It is experimental und I might make changes to layout and the organization of items often.
I can’t deny that I have been inspired by The Great Curators, Farnam Street and Brain Pickings. I will never reach their professional level of productivity in digesting and reviewing books – but I can relate a lot to the idea of starting your intellectual adventures from well-articulated accounts given by others.
As a so-called knowledge worker I feel that there is already so much ‘out there’ that the task of the day is not to try to be that original, but to consolidate, re-arrange, or – as they say today – curate existing knowledge. In passing, this might solve my issues with finding my ideas and life too cliché.
It might also give proof to my theory of using social media in bursts. In 2012 and in 2013 I have written some opinionated posts – based on thoughts that were given several years to ripen. I was reliving several career transitions in time lapse.
But I cannot add anything really new or urgent for the moment. I had experienced the same when I setup my personal websites. Hence I also believe the usability or interactivity of the web platform does not matter. I ‘blog’ in pure text and without the technical option to get likes and comments if I feel the need to write.
I did not think a second when I invented my blog’s title. It is of course much too long but I consider it remarkably apt. I try to make weird connections between different things, many of them sciencey.
In summary I felt the urgent need to setup that page as I indulge in keeping blogging a related ‘research’ activities an experiment. I don’t try to put forward a theory here – this is simply how my mind works.
So 2014 might become the year I turn even more to book-inspired essays – but I don’t at all turn this into a managed project with deadlines and to-do lists.
And now I will commit a mortal sin in blogging and not add an image here. You might see an inappropriate ad as I pay for tweaking my style sheets but I don’t pay for the no-ads upgrade.