ThisIsWater – Reflection #2

This is the second of my intermittent reflections since I started writing this blog back in March this year. This blog is a platform I leverage to learn about the things I am interested in through writing, bring discipline to my writing habit, and practise attachment and detachment, at the same time, with what I create =)

My first reflection discussed the system I deploy to write my posts – read extensively, commit to a topic that interests me instead of an interesting topic, write in concentrated bursts, and rewrite taking short stabs at it over a longer duration. It also talks about how I choose what to write about. It is more than safe to say that this system continues to serve me well.

In fact, the principle of committing to a prompt worked so well that writing weekly posts did not come in the way of what was a relatively busy last couple of months. The busyness was down to two reasons –

  • Having to readapt a couple of my blog posts as contributor pieces for a business journalism newsletter. I wrote about how it serendipitously came about here. This was over and above my day job and continuing to write weekly posts here
  • Having to do a bit of a sprint about ‘everything-life’ before taking a ten-day break, when my partner and I went off-the grid to immerse ourselves in mountains and nature.

Fantastic reasons to be busy I’d say =)

I also see a few patterns emerging from the kind of things I find myself writing about.

My last three posts have been about pricing carbon, climate change, and why I am optimistic or pessimistic about the success of some of the proposals floated by global economies.

Before that, I wrote about why the internet did not melt down due to increased traffic during the pandemic, thanks to congestion control algorithms developed by a Berkeley University professor in the 1980s who was struggling to upload class materials onto the university network.

(I promise I will get to my point after this) I also wrote about the geopolitics of semiconductors, and how an unassuming man in his 50s made Taiwan so indispensable that they find themselves both at the centre and the side lines of this global technological song-and-dance.

I will continue to write about technology, climate change, and economic structures, through the following lens –

1/ The not-so-obvious reasons that have led to where things stand

Understandably, not all of this would be doom and gloom. This could also take the tone of mild intrigue, distant admiration of someone or something, among other good things that I might stumble upon =)

2/ The not-so-obvious reasons that could shift the trajectory by a few degrees and result in unintended outcomes

I’d think this one is straightforward when I say unintended outcomes. There aren’t a lot of things where unintended outcomes are good. That would imply the intended outcome was bad. I don’t see myself writing a lot about those =P

3/ The occasional digression from these to satiate a very personal curiosity

This includes all those posts that do not fit the two categories (which also includes this reflection). To give you another example, I find myself gravitating towards understanding evolution better and its relevance to our modern lives. I see myself writing a few descriptive posts where I connect the dots to understand about how we got here and how we can lead better lives in harmony with our surrounding environment.

I also see the occasional rant to blow some steam, and this comes from intimately knowing how I am wired =)

It has also been brought to my attention that I need to (re)position my blog to reflect what it is evolving into. This post has helped me articulate its current and future direction well enough that the repositioning should be that much easier.

You can expect to see some changes in the coming days.

I wish you good vibes and happiness all around =)

Sricharann Seshadri

P.S. The featured image on this post is from our trek up to the mountains =)

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