Why these notes exist
Hello there. This article is an attempt at explaining, to you as much as to myself, why these Notes exist separate from Articles.
I’ve asked myself this question in the past and thought about it a lot. But I was asking myself a high-level question that is compromised of multiple questions, which didn’t help find a good answer.
- Why do I publish some of my writing publicly?
- Why do I write some things in private, and don’t publish them?
- Why do I write at all, as a hobby?
Each one of these questions has a different answer, but lately, I found myself thinking about the second one.
Some obvious advantages come with writing in private:
- Discussing feelings I don’t want to share publicly
- Freedom to explore ideas I’m not ready to commit to or share
- A safe haven, away from judgment
I find that a big reason I left many articles unpublished is that I’m concerned with publishing low quality, unedited articles. I call them articles for a reason, they should be of high quality, as good as I can make them within a reasonable time investment and my skill. I like to do things as best as I can make them.
When I was about seven I was cleaning an ancient, big disco player we had in our apartment. Why I was cleaning it escapes me.
When I was about to be finished, my father asked me if I had also cleaned the crevices. I had not. The disco player was made of wood and had many openings which were nothing but dust catchers. I wasn’t planning on spending time cleaning those, I was seven!
I remember vividly my father telling me that “if you’re going to do something, do it properly”. To this day I repeat this mantra to myself, which memory probably modified beyond recognition. I want the things I do, the things I show the world, to be as good as I can make them.
But not everything has to be of the highest quality, there should be a space for us to play, to be free-er from expectations, even if only our own.
These Notes are just that, an attempt at free form writing. A safe haven for me to express ideas without worrying about polishing them up, or polluting my main blog’s funnel, or whatever else excuse I was using that stopped me from publishing.
I’ve started reading about Digital Gardens, places on the internet where you can create without worrying too much about the outcomes, I think that describes this small part of my digital life quite well.
Notes are my digital garden.