A few (not many) have asked why I'm not writing as much. Two reasons: I grew tired of reading all the essays that were not saying anything new and I grew tired of writing essays that did not say anything new or add value to the Grand Discussion.
Too many blogs began to strike me as nothing more than a form of literary masturbation. Not that there is anything wrong with writing for writing's sake and the feeling of self-gratification when comments from others are solicited, but there is simply too much being written that is self-evident, redundant, or simply being re-cycled in an effort to impress the great blog-o-masses out there.
I read two books that caused me to stop and reevaluate my whole idea of blogs, web pages, wiki spaces, and All Things Web 2 Oh!
Garr Reynolds' Presentation Zen. And Daniel Pink's A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future.
Then I discovered Japanese cell phone novels and Smith Magazine's memoirs. New trends...
Brevity. Focus on function.
Cell phone novels kept to 70 word chapters. Memoirs in 6 words.
Wow. What. A. Concept.
Throw in a renewed appreciation for a long-time hero - Steve Jobs - and I am a Reformed Techno Geek. Take a first time look - again - at the Mac, the iPod, the iPhone. Art meets function.
FREE apps? iPhone apps for under a dollar designed by teens in their bedrooms?? Anyone can submit an application - the simpler the better. Some great ones, too.
Yes, the cowbell CAN be an instrument in the orchestra!
Simple apps, simple functions.
Functional Design is the new driving muse.
Can - shouldn't - this apply to blogging?
I believe it must if it's going to add clarity to any issue.