Mute

I resigned my position as a columnist for Digital Web Magazine today.

I resigned my position as a columnist for Digital Web Magazine today.

For several months my column has been more or less dormant, not unlike this Web site. I have been trying to understand why.

~ Maybe it’s my life and the happy complications of business school.

~ Maybe it’s my job, at which I have been more hands-on than contemplative in recent months, forcing me to learn the nuances of CSS rather than ruminate about the ramifications of using it.

~ Maybe it’s the rather stale nature of Web site design in general. The most recent topic I tried writing was, “Why is the push for standards the only hot

topic in the design community?” I also have a column in my head (likely written elsewhere by now) wondering, “Why do we talk about weblogs so much?” That one is so big it’s hardly worth writing.

The Web design industry has matured. The two largest issues facing online purveyors today are clarifying code for future iterations and making money to keep the future bright. Neither of these issues requires much more discussion than already exists.

My creative juices have flowed into schoolwork and my other keyboard of late—I lead the class rock band at school. Working on chords instead of clauses has been refreshing.

Frankly, there’s not much incentive for me to think about Web publishing on a macro level at the present time. I have three roles in life:

  • Create quality output for my employer
  • Create quality output for my study group and professors
  • Create a happy home
Within that framework, expository writing comes fourth.

I’d post links to favored items here, true-weblog-style, but that’s not a creative or satisfying endeavor (let us mention here that every blog I read checks out the New York Times and kottke.org, just like me, thereby lowering the exploratory threshold several notches).

I can do better than that. I’m not interested in doing worse.