I enjoy writing for this website immensely.
While reading paper books I often get distracted by footnotes and taking notes. While reading online I often get distracted by tangential links. For this reason, I strive to make my website a place of focus.
Overall, I believe most writing can be made shorter and simpler while also being more useful.
For example, I continue to revise essays long after I’ve posted them. What if text were living? I don’t want to create more noise on the internet. For this reason, I often take down essays that I no longer think are of quality. I’ve had this website for a year and I’ve taken down two to three times as many essays than I currently have 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. A few lucky drafts begin will coalesce into coherency, usually after several months, if ever.
The design of this website is meant to reflect my style by emphasizing legibility and simplicity. No froth, just focus.
The design of this website was inspired by Derek Sivers’s website, and he also helped me start this. Moreover, his essays showed me the beauty of succinct writing.
Drawing © Ariana Dyer.