On Blogging

Ben Casanocha describes Seth Godin on blogging:

Seth says that blogging is not about the size of your audience but the “meta cognition” of thinking about what you’re going to say and then saying it, having to explain yourself. Tom says that blogging is the most important professional thing he’s done in the last 15 years. Note: Seth says “blogging is free.” Not true. Blogging takes time. Time is money.

Ah meta-cognition. No wonder I’ve had difficulty blogging. I’ve been suspicious of all things meta for a while now, ever since deciding that fundamental understanding was not as relevant as it felt, and reading GEB and realizing how unstable introspection was liable to be, and then coming across Yudowsky’s treatises-for-the-purpose-of-epistemic-health (here) and realizing how many of the mistakes I made myself.

With meta-levels as depth, my searches have been too deep and not wide enough. As I have opened my eyes to the evidence, I have realized how little the type of depth I favored corresponded to a real reduction in decisional uncertainty. Deep thinking can still be good, but not deep thinking of this sort. Bad assumptions and bad recursive structure, in other words. Depth is not virtue in of itself, it can only be if the assumptions and algorithms followed are sound – to understand is to compress, and to compress one is refining the mapping and better using the primitives in the representation for a given reality. To do that, one has to understand both reality and the primitives. Doing so separates specification from implementation – not every thought a brain thinks is about itself.

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