Iâ€™m starting this post not knowing if it will be the story of how we got here or where I think weâ€™re going. This (hopefully) marks a return to blogging, spurred on by my friend Kazys Varnelis who recently posted about the demise of communication facilitated by Facebook and points to blogging as a way to resist managed content. So, here I am.
So many things have changed in my own life, not to mention in the world, in the eight or so years since I was regularly blogging that it feels like starting over. Much of the last year has been spent with my nearly 11-month old daughter, and most of the rest of my time is spent running my business, OpenScope Studio. There are ten of us in the office now and itâ€™s a very different experience than it was five years ago when it was just my partner and I doing a few projects renting desks in a scrappy garage.
The death of Google Reader in 2013 marked the end of an era as it hastened the move from consuming media from a list of sources and authors to skimming news and updates in smaller portions from curated feeds on social media platforms. This post from Wired points to Googleâ€™s cancellation of Reader as being in response to this shift away from a structured approach to reading news, but the platforms they intended to move people to (Now and Google+) have both also been cancelled. When Reader died I ported all my subscriptions over to Feedly but I never used it. Itâ€™s mostly a graveyard of dead blogs.
Iâ€™ve been writing, but mostly longer pieces and theyâ€™ve all been published elsewhere. Since the great Shipping Container Post of 2015 itâ€™s been hard to find anything that can top that in terms of reach (I went to a meeting in a different city and one of the officials, who Iâ€™d never met before, cracked a shipping container joke 5 minutes in). But clicks are not the point, having a public discussion is the point (although please note I have turned the comments off).
In spite of dreadful news about the future of our climate and a nonfunctional (and currently shut down federal government), welcome to 2019! Iâ€™m hopefully going to be back writing in the space in a semi-regular way. It’s hard to know where to start- architecture isn’t particularly interesting, politics are all anyone talks about on Twitter now so I hesitate to rehash that here and staying on brand by being cynical about people who want to reinvent housing can only go so far.