One thosand posts

One thousand posts ago, I started this website as blog experiment. Since then, five years have gone by, and most things here have changed, including language, focus and design. To mark this milestone, I’ve decided to redesign the site, and you should be looking at the new version currently. It isn’t entirely finished and it isn’t perfect, but I have decided to publish it anyway. Having it online hopefully means the incentives to improve the design increase as more people view the site. This post is not about the new design (I’ll publish something specific about the design tomorrow), though, but about the one thousand posts.

One thousand posts, what does it mean? It means more than one post every second day for five years. It means perhaps two million characters. It means almost one month (600 hours) writing. Regardless of how one counts, it undoubtedly is a lot.

Why? This would be the natural question for any sane person to ask at this stage. Is it worth it? Couldn’t i have done a lot of better things with those characters and hours? Perhaps. When this site was new, I wrote a lot of crap, but I’ve changed a lot since then (which probably means I still write crap, but it’ll take me another five years to figure that out, so wait for the day marking two thousand posts).

Put briefly, I think the time and energy invested here are both well spent. I learn a lot, about myself, about writing and about languages. I have a convenient channel of information to family and friends, as well as an archive of opinions about books and films. I have an outlet for writing about myself and what I find important.

Everything changes, and this website is no exception. Five years from now, there will probably be something here reminiscent of the current site, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the focus has shifted again. I certainly hope so, because carrying around a history of one thousand posts shouldn’t inhibit me from making the changes I think necessary, or, to quote Emerson: “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds”. So, let this be a reminder that even though things at a fundamental level remain the same, that shouldn’t tie us down, endlessly repeating existing patterns and regurgitating old ideas.

Footnote: I should answer the question quite a few people have already asked, i.e. why the post counter is far beyond 1000 already (this is post number 1191 for instance). This is because deleted articles retain their position in the sequence. Sometimes I create drafts I never publish or remove old posts which have been made superfluous. However, as of today, there should be exactly one thousand “real” posts on my website!

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  1. Martin Ackerfors’s avatar

    Great and congratz!

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  2. Xhakhal’s avatar

    It feels strange to see this design on the real site instead of on the test site, but it’s not going to take much getting used to, I think :)

    Congratulations and stuff :D

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  3. Olle Linge’s avatar

    Thank you both! I think you will get used to the new look very quickly. In fact, I provided the reference pictures in the post about the new design simply to allow people to remember what it looked like before. I think it won’t be very long until those pictures are needed.

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  4. Alex’s avatar

    Din produktivitet är skrämmande…

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    1. Olle Linge’s avatar

      Ja, det låter ju rätt mycket mer när man lägger ihop det på det här sättet. Det känns inte som att jag får så mycket gjort, faktiskt. :) Jag pluggar en del, men rent produktiv känner jag mig kanske några gånger i månaden.

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