Notes on the design philosophy of this website.

Style

While reading paper books I often get distracted by footnotes and by taking notes. While reading online I often get distracted by tangential references. I’ve tried to take this into account by making my website a place of focus.

I believe that writing can say more in less words, while also being more effective.

In my practice, I continue to revise essays long after I’ve posted them— because, what if text were living? I don’t want to create more noise on the internet. For this reason, I also often take down essays that I no longer think are of quality. In the first year of this website in total I took down about twice as many essays as I had left up. Increase signal-to-noise by reducing noise.

How I draft

I have a few hundred text files each for different ideas. Incrementally, I revisit each and add new thoughts. Occasionally a lucky draft will coalesce into coherency, but usually only after several months, if ever. I also have a couple year-long drafts that I intend to post eventually, but they’re not done cooking yet.

In practice I publish less than maybe 2% of what I draft.

Design

The design of this website is meant to reflect my style by emphasizing legibility and simplicity. Focus, not froth.

The design of this website was inspired by Derek Sivers’s website, and he also helped me start this. His essays also showed me the beauty of succinct writing.