Chris Lakin

About This Website

I enjoy writing for this website immensely.


Recently I started listening to audiobooks, and I relish how linear they are. Thoughts that usually impede my reading are reduced (“should I chase this footnote?”, “should I highlight this sentence?”).

I try to do the same in my writing. To make reading more focused, I don’t do in-text links. While reading online I have frequently had the experience of becoming distracted by other pages linked mid-text.


I continue to revise essays long after I’ve posted them. Why shouldn’t text be living?


I have a few hundred text files for different ideas. Over time I revisit each and add new thoughts. After several months, the text begins to coalesce into something coherent.


The design is meant to be legible and simple. No superfluous features. Only ideas matter.

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

To keep my process from becoming complicated, I manually write this website’s HTML.

Posted 2020 May 21, last updated 2021 February 19.

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