A few years ago, I discovered Mike Caulfield’s The Garden and the Stream: A Technopastoral and understood why I wasn’t happy with my blog.
Blogs are streams, timelines of posts. Each post has a timestamp, and is considered “finished”. Later changes are technically possible, but culturally limited to corrections. A blog post is considered a published essay, and therefore comes with a date of publication. I am much more interested in gardens, which are collections of essays that are revised and improved over long time periods.
It took me a while to actually set up a digital garden and populate it with some content, but I eventually did it. I won’t say much about it because it speaks for itself. It’s just one click away: https://science-in-the-digital-era.khinsen.net/
Does this mean the end of this blog? No, but posts will become even rarer. A blog is still the best place to make announcements, or to comment on events. But I am a researcher, not a journalist. The fundamental job of a researcher is to curate and extend knowledge collections. That’s what I will do from now on in my own little garden.