This post will eventually live at https://iki.am. In the meantime, it will live on https://interi.org.
Okay folks, big decision here: I am splitting my blog. Again. But this time I know what I want, not just what I feel.
The gist is that I need a place that I can talk about me, opine and share really horrible traumatic stories. And this site, interi.org, is not that site. Because I also need to generate interesting content, and push the boundaries of publishing online as a professional and fulfilling part of my life. And those two drives, the need to be vulnerable and raw, professional and researched, they don’t mesh in my brain, and they don’t match what I want to do online.
But that is okay. I’ve been fairly depressed recently, and while I can never claim to be coming out of it with any certainty, I feel a lot… okay, right now. And this may help me in the future.
See, the thing is, I often feel broken. And for my entire life I’ve created some really complicated and profound coping mechanisms. And as I find success in my life and “career”, my coping mechanisms don’t hold up to the issues I am dealing with. So I go in deeper than I am used to, and my systems get neglected. But I don’t want those systems to be neglected, I want them humming along as I process, because I am not actually broken, and my systems, my routines, my communications, those are really important to me.
A fundamental part of my relation to the web is that it saved my life at the time it could have really gone off the deep end. I’ve never fully told that story, because it is the story of my life, and now I want to tell it. But not here. Because even I can only take so much of my hurt in one place. So I want to surgically remove it, and place it somewhere I can express it well, with the write tools. We’ll return to that in a moment.
So what do I want this place to be? That is a question I’ve been answering for a decade, scribbled in notebooks and text files scattered across my physical and virtual places. It is my magnum opus, but as a iterative process: the grand experiment of creating knowledge artifacts while exploring the developing open web. At the end of the day, that is something, perhaps the most important thing I care about.
That doesn’t mean it is going to be classy. And by that, I mostly mean I am going to talk about video games. A lot. But also webcraft, the sharing economy, blockchains, social dynamics, tea, and Oakland. Most of those are givens for anyone ever visiting here or meeting me, though Oakland is a new dedication, in part because in dealing with my personal issues I realize that I am afraid to like the place I live, but Oakland matches my self-image so well, I might as well embrace us for what we are.
I will be super meta each step of the way, but as a highlight of what’s to come, think kind of like a magazine/playground. I want to model how creating valuable content can be presented in a way that makes sense for people and a producer. And that means structuring it more than a blog, which has been my modus operandi forever. I am going to clean up the categories and do some solid IA, while also expanding into a weird docs section. And then I will be testing assumptions for possible web projects here before spinning off interesting ones into their own sites or whatever.
As I clean up my categories, I will also be systematically migrating content out of this site into the other one. All the posts about my pain, or childhood, or about parenting from my perspective; all of those are going to live at ikiam. Why? Because they don’t fit the tone of this site, and I think tone is important as a context clue. Because I know how I learn from the long tail of content, and I don’t want to dilute that with unrelated information that was created for a very different purpose.
Oh, and the new site? Yeah, totally configuring it differently! This has been a big pull for me, because I have some practices to test about increasing the discovery of interi, but I don’t want to increase the discovery of my personal stuff. I am not hiding it (because I could easily keep a non-public account of my thoughts). But I am not going to put forth the same effort to broadcast it to anyone stumbles upon it. For instance, it is important to me that public records be archived, but ikiam will have a robot.txt asking to not be indexed, and I won’t have WordPress auto-ping other sites. I am doing the things people warn new bloggers against, because I know what I am doing, and I want a non-publicized, public space, on the web.
I am starting at the beginning of my archive, which is around 1,600 posts. I will have completed the process when this post is no longer at interi, but published at ikiam, instead. So if you are one of those folks that hold a personal interest in me, https://iki.am is the place to check out for your subscription/stalking activities. I may never mention it on https://interi.org again. ^_^