This is the first entry. So far so good. The organization of these diary entries may change after a little playing around with it. Hopefully they’ll normalize.
My goal is to consistently spend time working on this project for the foreseeable future leading from milestone to milestone, and possibly some target state.
I’ll be honest that it’s a little difficult for me to work on something like this more or less in isolation. It has always been easier for me to work for other people than it is to do work for myself. I don’t think I’m unique in that way. It’s not something I’m proud of. Who knows maybe this will help.
That is not to suggest that I don’t think there’s an audience for Ode/Ebeling.
As I’ve said here many times before, I’m convinced this is an important project, and for whatever reason no one else seems to be working on anything quite like it. Maybe I’m entirely off-base, or maybe I’m onto something. As I write this on the server in my favorite text editor with the full power of HTML, CSS, JS, markdown, live previews, spellcheck, the ability to manage this post (and multiple versions of this post if I so choose) at the level of the file system, confident that I can’t lose what I’m writing and that I can back it up, restore, and migrate it at will to any number of different providers, I can’t help but feel like I’m not entirely off-base. So maybe I’m onto something.
But, how are other people going to discover this?
There’s organic search. I could take out ads if I wanted to do that (and could afford it). Organic search and ads puts this on par with every other platform more or less. The difference is money. Are we going to suggest that the only things of value have money behind them? I sure hope not. I can post it to various social media platforms, like all other content on those platforms. Nothing is stopping anyone from sharing it as far and wide as they like. Will they do that, probably not. But having spent many years on Twitter, observing what’s happening on the social media generally, and news outlets, with the publishing industry, etc. I’m pretty confident that isn’t a limitation of this Ode/Ebeling. It’s a much bigger issue. Social media platforms provide the illusion of reach. After more than 36,000 posts, my 10th most popular tweet for the past month has approximately 150 impressions and a whopping 2 engagements. Does that give Twitter the edge over independent websites like this one? I think that would be difficult to argue.
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