Published on Dec 14, 2019
I’ve launched my new “Note”s section of my website!
I always try to take notes on books, articles, podcasts, thoughts I hear, etc. Normally, I store these notes in google docs, but I recently realized that there’s no reason I shouldn’t put them online for anyone to get use out of. So, here they are!
If you have any feedback, feel free to reach out!
A notes section on my website is something I’ve wanted to have in some form or another for a long time. In fact, I’ve been tinkering with building it for several weeks.
It started off as a book list. Then I realized that I collect an interesting array of links around the web that other people might like having access to. And if I was going to have books, then I should do podcasts too.
A few days later I decided it would be cool to have a place for quotes or short thoughts. Not necessarily my own thoughts, but interesting thoughts other people have that I don’t want to forget.
I soon had several new pages/sections on my website that were confusing and seemed like they’d be a lot of work to maintain.
Then I sat down and asked myself, what is it I’m trying to share? What’s the common thread? It only took me a few minutes to deduce that I was trying to share my notes on all the knowledge I consume.
For me, this is how design goes. Sometimes I have to tinker with things to figure out what it is I’m trying to build; I know the features I want, but I don’t know how to organize them. Other times the act of building something and experiencing the limitations my design is imposing first-hand helps me come up with new strategies.
I think this is a also something to keep in mind when writing software. I’m all for planning things out and reusing code, but sometimes the best option is to tear down and rebuild.
This is the natural way of life. Our bodies cycle through cells, the Earth cycles through lifeforms, the universe cycles through planets and stars.
It’s obviously better to do things right the first time, but too often I see people shy away from rebuilding something that clearly needs to be rebuilt from the ground up.
The rebuild can be painful and feel like a waste of time. In my experience, it’s always turned out to be worth it in the end.