After I finished building my treadle lathe (and blogging about it) I thought I would just post every now and again if something interesting turned up. But when I made the chess set, I found my posts nesting into series. This is great for focus, but I noticed that only a handful of blogs I read have this particular style. A lot of blog posts (especially non-woodworking ones) have a more stand-alone style which lets you dip in and out a little easier.
I welcome comments on what you think about the project-series style and if it is worth maintaining.
I guess my inner scientist has a lot to say about how I’m organising this blog. I like to follow a linear path:
- define the problem and review the literature
- describe methodology
- present results
- conclude with remarks about the experience and suggest direction for future work.
Throughout, I try to give credit to ideas that are not my own. I also like to revisit work to see where thing could have been done better
Scientific literature builds off the past and prevents the re-invention of the wheel (like this guy). But there is plenty of scope for someone who has studied the wheel finds a way to improve it (like this guy).
And just like with a scientific paper, I feel I should put effort into separating observations from interpretations. Internet sites (and 24-hour news channels, for that matter) do a particularly bad job at this. Opinions may be valid and interesting, but they should not to be mistaken for, or sold as, facts.
Maybe this blog will become a library of projects with enough information provided for anyone to repeat my ‘experiments’ or, better, improve on them.
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Update 07/08/12: I have just been reading the breenbushdesign blog where every post has lots of links and a ‘more’ section, which is a reference / further reading list. I thought this was a great idea and worth mentioning in the context of blog organisation.