It's easy to spot them, since they often have a "Oh, and i forgot to tell you: 'We're hiring!'" at the end of the articles.
In my opinion, if you don't write to better understand how you think, you're dead wood. No one can better relate with your brain than yourself, and writing helps that relation grow.
Also, that helps improve your coding skills too. As you better understand how your thinking process works, so your understanding of how to solve coding related problems.
Anyway, in the end there's always someone interested in learning from other's experiences, as long they are a bit enlightening or entertaining.
Anyway, I should start blogging just to write more. :)
Can't agree more. that's pretty much what got me into writing back in my teens. But i have found that without reading,thinking and making connections, it's kinda monotonous and you stop writing. Recently found 750words.com and enjoy the interface(mine's black bg with white text). Infact, last 3 months i have written 50K+ words on that site. I hear mac guys can use ommwriter, but linux user here.
__ my only current gripe being having to store it on someone's server. think i'll build a open-source package.
blog blog blog it all, blog it if it's big or small
blog at the cineplex, blog while you're having sex
blog in the locker room, babies blogging in the womb
blog even if you're wrong, won't you blog about this song?
It seems like Svbtle may be going after exactly what you describe here, although it's unclear whether it will be free or paid at this point.
Most of all, however, I don't think most people blog to inform others: they blog to inform themselves, since writing is such an effective means of stimulating thinking.
I like writing, but when someone says he or she reads my blog, I'm a bit freaked out. I mean... I did a couple interesting stuff, wrote a couple articles here and there, but... It always feels weird. Other forms of online discussions took away a lot of the energy and effort I used to put into my blog and, gradually, I mostly stopped.
Oddly enough, today I pulled down a copy of it. I'll start moving it to Plone 4. Since it runs on an ancient version, 2.5 tops, my hosting provider would be very happy if I migrated it to something less... anachronistic.
I will migrate it, of course. And possibly continue posting articles on it. But I don't see myself investing as much time and energy on it as I did 10 years ago.
There has been a a period of time where all the Web 2.0 hipsters relentlessly bashed anything with editorial control as outdated, bad, unnecessary and so on. (Which is kind of ironic, considering the whole movement was started by a publisher.) That's part of the reason why, I think.
There are others, but these are the main ones.
An alternative is to separate out several kinds of writing. Paul Graham has an 'essays' page, for example, which is sort of like a blog, but less focused on timeliness and updates. Only essays get posted there, and the focus is not primarily on which essay is most recent (old essays don't quickly scroll off the main page into the archive, for example).
In my own writing, I've come to the conclusion that if I had a blog, it would contain two main kinds of entries: 1) essays I've written, and 2) references to interesting things I've seen written elsewhere. At least for my personal interests, I would prefer those to be separate, and also would prefer them to take more of the flavor of "building a website" rather than "updating a blog". That is, the focus is on the accumulated content, which you can read in any order, not necessarily the order I happened to add it. This is partly because I suspect most people who will run across it aren't ardent mjn fans waiting for my latest update.
So what I've done is have two sections:
1. Essays, which are organized primarily by subject rather than date, but do also have an RSS feed and show recent additions at the top, for my friends/acquaintances/colleagues who might read regularly: http://www.kmjn.org/notes/
2. Snippets/clippings, where I collect interesting excerpts I've run across. If I had a blog, these would get interspersed with the long-form posts, but I prefer having them separate in a sort of digital scrapbook, for the moment fairly unorganized: http://www.kmjn.org/snippets/
I'm not saying that method is the best organizational method either, but so far I like it more than a blog. I suppose part of it is that my thinking on online writing is still heavily influenced by some of the 80s/90s hypertext ideas, and "maintaining a website" versus "blogging". Websites often had an /updates.html page where you could see what was recently added, but that wasn't the main interface. The main interface had some kind of rational organization, rather than assuming reverse chronological order of addition is the universal organizational framework.
On blog, not being a good place for long-form writing. I have begun to realize that, i should write the long-forms without thinking about the publishing medium to pay attention to the meaningful long-form.
Infact hate a MS Word s/w for the same reason. and even writing on my 750words page is mostly just a brain dump not coherent. Think vim might be best chance at focused long-form writing.
-- Disclaimer: not an expert in long form essay writings.