Memex 和 blog

作家 Cory Doctorow 写了超过20年的 blog,他在这篇长文 The Memex Method. 里描述的对于 blog 的若干看法,跟我一致。

什么是 web-log 和 blog


Like those family trip-logs, a web-log serves as more than an aide-memoire, a record that can be consulted at a later date. The very act of recording your actions and impressions is itself powerfully mnemonic, fixing the moment more durably in your memory so that it’s easier to recall in future, even if you never consult your notes.

而以 blog 的形式记录 web-log,促使我们写得更有条理和容易被理解。

The genius of the blog was not in the note-taking, it was in the publishing. The act of making your log-file public requires a rigor that keeping personal notes does not. Writing for a notional audience — particularly an audience of strangers — demands a comprehensive account that I rarely muster when I’m taking notes for myself.

Cory 如何写 blog

我的 blog 灵感来源,1/3来自于灵机一动,1/3来自于听播客时的想法,1/3来自于早晨的阅读。

Cory 的习惯是,从大量 RSS feed,邮件,Twitter mentions 里点开所有链接,阅读,思考,写下让他印象最深刻的想法。

Every day, I load my giant folder of tabs; zip through my giant collection of RSS feeds; and answer my social telephones — primarily emails and Twitter mentions — and I open each promising fragment in its own tab to read and think about.

If the fragment seems significant, I’ll blog it: I’ll set out the context for why I think this seems important and then describe what it adds to the picture.


That’s how blogging is complimentary to other forms of more serious work: when you’ve done enough of it, you can get entire essays, speeches, stories, novels, spontaneously appearing in a state of near-completeness, ready to be written.

blog 在于发现未知,而非探索已知

传统的写作方式是,找到一个主题,研究它,直到足够深入,动笔写作。而 blog 的意义在于写下所有看起来有趣的东西,它们是你未来作品的源泉。

Traditionally, a writer identifies a subject of interest and researches it, then writes about it. In the (my) blogging method, the writer blogs about everything that seems interesting, until a subject gels out of all of those disparate, short pieces.

Blogging isn’t just a way to organize your research — it’s a way to do research for a book or essay or story or speech you don’t even know you want to write yet. It’s a way to discover what your future books and essays and stories and speeches will be about.

Memex 和 blog

这是 Vannevar Bush 在1945年的作品 As We May Think 里提出的概念,它是一个机器或软件,帮助人们组织想法,半自动的关联所有相关的想法,让用户将那些离散的见解综合起来,创作出新的,更大的作品。

听起来像是“第二大脑”之类的笔记方法不是吗?在 Tiago 之前已经有更多的 blogger 使用 Memex 方法来写 blog 了。

The Memex has inspired bloggers since the earliest days of the form. Dori Smith called her pioneering blog her “backup brain”; the Observer’s tech longstanding columnist John Naughton has kept a blog for 19 years that he calls “Memex 1.1.” I called my blog my “outboard brain” back in 2002.

我的这个 blog 也称得上是基于 Memex,将近300个 posts,我时不时都会通过搜索来找到之前发布过的某个想法,在新的 post 里引用它们。

为什么要每日 blog



I deeply regret the years in which I waited for inspiration to strike before writing (as I regret the years when I didn’t get adequate exercise or nutrition) because of all the practice I missed and the habits I waited too long to develop.

通过 blog 建立社区


And while I never set out to blog in the hopes of “building a platform” (or, worse still, a brand), the act of publishing my own interests helped people with similar interests to mine to find me — and vice versa. Some of those people buy my books (and vice versa), but far more importantly, they are a community.

最后,我看了一眼 Cory 的 blog,这是个称为 “Daily links” 的 WordPress 网站,每天有一个以日期为标题的文章,包含一篇主题短文,一些有趣的链接,和网站自动生成的(我猜想是)历史文章回顾。