In September 2005, full of enthusiasm, I started blogging about Emacs at Emacsen.org. After a somewhat strong start, my posting rate quickly declined. In total, I managed to post 24 times in 17 months, and not at all since January.

Apparently, I don’t care about Emacs as much as I thought.

But that doesn’t explain it. I mean, I’m pretty much That Guy. You know, that annoying guy at $SCHOOL or $WORK who uses Emacs for everything: my address book, blogging, coding, document preparation, irc, mail, writing markup, shell. I even post to twitter from Emacs. And all of these things are lovingly configured somewhere in the approximately four thousand lines of Emacs dotfiles peppering my $HOME.

There’s potentially a ton of good blogging material in there, especially the dozens of little, crufty lifehacks built up over time that I could clean up a little and write up.

But I missed the window and can’t be bothered to write any of them up.

What window? Well, Mark Pilgrim thinks the best time to write is

  • When you’re filled with wonder
  • If you wait until you’re an expert, it’s too late
  • Write when you can’t not write

I think that’s a fair description of when you’ll be most motivated to write on a topic. It looks like I lose on at least two of his criteria, if not all of them.

So I’ve folded the posts from Emacsen.org into my blog here, and have closed up shop. Technosailor’s WordPress-to-WordPress Import made this relatively painless, despite this end not being WordPress.

Until I have an Emacs-specific Atom feed in place over here to redirect to, I’ll leave Emacsen.org’s feed as a placeholder. I now have an Emacs-specific feed here, so the old feed URL is redirecting.

Unlike its ancestor, Planet Emacsen is alive and well, and will be around for the foreseeable future.

Comments

  1. Maybe you could do some screencasts on "emacs for everything". It's always impressive and instructive to watch emacs at work. Some tools are complex to get started with, but for instance, I started using the gimp again after looking at this face replace tutorial on youtube.

    James Cooley, 1 August 2007

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