I’ve been thinking about how I want to structure my blog moving forward. The full time I’ve been posting, I’ve written whatever has been popping up in the news and has been really dependent on how much time I was able to spend looking at the news and thinking about what’s been going on. I’m thinking of structuring my blog so that I’m writing something about different topics. This will allow me to collect more information over the period of a week or so for a topic rather than whatever came to mind. We’ll see how it works. This is what I’m thinking and I’d like some feedback on two things, first, is this a good idea. Second, if it is then do these topics seem interesting.
Tuesday: Security/Politics topics
Friday: Kickstarter/indiegogo technology/science or some other innovation topic
Saturday: generic current events
Sunday: Reader’s choice – follow up on a topic earlier in the week or something like that
I read a great article today that I needed to write about. I think it’s going to influence the way that I write. It was Adam Curtis – WHAT THE FLUCK! which take a very different view on writing and journalism that really intrigued me. His article is really long, but well worth the read as it is something of a history of two types of journalism in the UK. On the one hand he discusses the rise of Tabloid journalism while on the other hand he discusses the origin of muckraking which helped to unseat the powerful in the 1930’s and helped get FDR elected leading to his trust busting.
Curtis argues that we’re at a similar inflection point in our society as we were at the turn of the 20th century. There have been revelation after revelation and the general public hasn’t figured out how to tie all of this together. I believe that there are a few journalists out there that have been pushing the current power structures and they’ve suffered from this a great deal. Glenn Greenwald and Julian Assange are two that have been the most vocal in challenging our current societal structure.
Aside from the history lesson on journalism the article is important because the author uses something similar to a popular research style in academia called Actor Network Theory. This pushes the actors and the people they interact with to the fore of historic events. It also reduces the importance of a single individual because they act within the constraints of their network. In many cases the most pivotal people are those that build the network to connect individuals in the network. In many of the history of companies books I’ve been reading lately this style is implicit in the writing.
What I took away from this article is that when I write I need to work to ensure including the longer view. Looking back more than just the past few weeks but to include events that precipitated the topics I’m writing about. This will help build credibility for my perspective as well as help convince skeptical readers through a consistent evidence and a broader story to explain the reasoning rather than just a reactionary response to an event.
I just decided to go bigger with my writing. I’m planning on writing at least 3 or 4 times a week on here. My goal is to write on a consistent basis so I can begin working on a book. I’m not entirely sure what I’d like to write about. I’ve had some friends over the past two years suggest writing a book with them. The first book I wrote several chapters, but my co-author became too busy to continue. Which was fine, it was a great learning experience for me and I’d love to collaborate with her again. My more recent request hasn’t really gone anywhere beyond the first phase of planning, so I figure I might as well just try to come up with an idea on my own.
So, I’d like to get some feedback from all my loyal readers on a few things.
First, how’s the new layout and color scheme. I’m not really the best with design like this, so please provide some feedback!
Second, any topics you think I’d be able to provide insight into that you’d like to see me write about either in my blog or in a longer format of a book.
Thanks for reading and I look forward to engaging more on this new platform with you all.