Gilles Vandenoostende

Hi, I'm Gilles Vandenoostende - designer, illustrator and digital busybody with a love of language, based in Ghent, Belgium.

Welcome to my blog, 2.0

So, I’ve finally gotten round to updating this blog’s theme to closely match my main site’s look & feel. I hope you like it, and as always, should you run into any bugs or annoyances, let me know.

Now, I might be flattering myself by assuming you may have noticed this blog has become more active as of late. I’ve been trying to get into the habit of posting at least one update every day, and so far it’s working out, I think. Partly because I stopped worrying so much.

The power of the internet is that if someone has already made the point you wanted to make, there’s no reason to regurgitate the entire discourse again – just link to it, stupid. Which is what I’m doing, mostly.

Some of you might recognize this approach as being the same as John Gruber’s, and you’d be right. Daring Fireball happens to be one of my favourite blogs, and I’m not about to hide my influences. And looking around, there’s a lot of other blogs that seem to follow the same model of being part “original programming”, and part “linked list”, to borrow Gruber’s parlance. And it’s not hard to see the appeal of said model.

Think of it like commenting. I figured that instead of posting some anonymous comment on someone else’s blog, for it to be moderated, altered, ignored or deleted, why not take complete ownership of my opinion and post it on my own blog?

I’ll still try to write original articles. But if I should come across another blog during my research that makes the point just as good or even better than I ever could, I’ll just link to it instead. And in the mean time, I’ll be getting a lot of practice and hopefully become a much better writer than I am now.

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