Monthly Archives: July 2008

The Shotgun Approach

The first selling point in most blogging software is “time to first blog.”  WordPress, for example, lists as its first feature “You can get a blog started in less time than it takes you to read this sentence.”

I understand how at first blush this seems like a feature, but let me make the argument that it’s a bug.  Starting a blog should be difficult.  You should really have to want it to make it happen.  Maybe, instead of requiring an email verification, they should make you wrestle a bear.

Because otherwise, before you know it you’re staring at a blank screen.  A screen demanding input.  From you.  Now.  And you wonder why you’re avoiding the blank screen that is supposed to be your dissertation in favor of the blank screen that is supposed to be your blog.

To dispel that thought, I’m now going to try to offer you, dear reader, an idea of what you will find in this blog.  I bet every blogger apologizes for this, but unfortunately it’s going to be a little bit of everything.  The Shotgun Approach is the name of the blog, and that’s exactly what you should expect.  Expect a wide spray of high-velocity information pellets.  I’ll touch on my studies in experimental psychology, my thoughts on web development, what’s wrong with academia, my reactions to This American Life, learning to skimboard, and where to get the best mochas.

The one thing I will always do is try my best to keep it interesting.  I’m writing this so others will read it and hopefully respond, so please comment as you see fit.  Now go read a post that’s got some actual content in it.