(2019-11-03) Nadia Eghbal Re Writing Hypertext

KicksCondor interview with Nadia Eghbal, Re: Writing Hypertext. A few months ago, I stumbled across the essay ‘The tyranny of ideas’ (2019-05-09-EghbalTheTyrannyOfIdeas) and was truly struck by the inquisitive, thought-mashing flow of the writing.

The author, Nadia Eghbal

You have a simple, minimalist blog

If it’s a blog post, I generally don’t want to do anything that takes away from the text itself

You have a page on your site for somewhat ephemeral thoughts and unpolished shorthand. This page has no feed, so it doesn’t actively broadcast

The problem with likes is it naturally draws your eye towards the most-liked stuff, instead of deciding for yourself what’s most interesting

I like having total freedom on my blog to roam around and write about whatever I want, as much or as little as I want.

Twitter is probably the “social sidewalk” for my blog

I guess that’s why some blogs have comments. I was so anti-comments in the past bc it felt like “the comments section”, as a place, had become so crappy and low-quality. It’d be funny if comments sections made a retro comeback as a place to have deeper, substantive conversations. (blog comment)


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