There are a couple of things I’m thinking of lately. Firstly, I want to upgrade the look of this site. It’s been a while, and I think it’s time to make sure that the look is upgraded to reflect the seriousness of all the objections that I usually make in this place. WordPress has premium themes all over the place, and I was shocked to discover that Movable Types doesn’t really have a comparable marketplace. As I’ve said elsewhere (read: Twitter), if you don’t have people selling stuff on your platform, you’re pretty much toast. I’ll still keep a look around, but not being incredibly optimistic.
The other thing is I’m thinking of starting a book blog – a site where I’ll chronicle my reading journey. It’s not a high-falutin review site; it’s not like I’m a thoughtful and prolific reader. The genesis of this site has more to do with the fact that I’m forgetting things at an alarming rate, particularly on the things that I’ve read, what I felt before, during and after I’ve read them. The fact that I can only recall one or two scenes from the entire book of Raymond Feist’s Magician (which I did not enjoy), makes it very difficult for me to formulate coherent points to defend my position, not just on this book, or any other that I’ve read. And no, I don’t think that forgetting the majority of the book is really a point in and of itself.
I dislike the fact that we spend so much time reading, and only a sliver of the knowledge contained from the effort is retained. I recently read Daniel Ariely’s Predictably Irrational, which is a fabulous book about how we make decisions, why our supposedly random decisions are in effect pretty predictable after all. The book is endlessly fascinating, but I can’t remember most of what I’ve read, and it’s distressing! The same with Freakonomics, and will undoubtedly be the same when I read Outliers, or Lolita, or whatever.
So the book blog is primarily a personal journal of what I’ve read, along with stuff that has to do with my reading adventure. It’s not going to be regularly updated, but that’s ok, since it’s primarily a tool for me to remember stuff.
We’ll see how it goes as the days roll along. I’ve had this in my head a couple of weeks now, and the task of coming up with a name for the blog is messing with my sleep. This is an itch I desperately need to scratch soon.