I’m re-thinking what my personal hub homepage, busterbenson.com, will be in its next iteration. I’ve been aggregating my online content since 1999 (I lost my first few months of online mayhem from diaryland.com because I got kicked off in 1998), and have recently been trying to find interesting things to do with all of this “stuff” I’ve written, collected, commented on, and otherwise stashed. I just checked and it looks like I’m about to break 1,000,000 words… or about 4,000 pages of personal content.
I recently went back and cleaned up some of the data. I used the Flickr, Twitter, Foursquare, and other apis to go back and store full XML data about all of my past Flickr, Twitter, and Foursquare posts. I also went back and archived any geo-location data that any of these services attach to posts. And I also archived all of the photo information so I can better manipulate it in the future should I ever want to.
The next version of the site will be inspired by a couple different things. I do want to make my personal footstream visible. I also want to distinguish between content that I make (my blog posts, tweets, and photos) and content that I “like” from others (faved tweets, favorited Flickr photos, shared Google Reader items, liked Tumblr posts, Delicious links, etc).
I also want to tell a better story about how I exist in this world. How I choose what to work on, how to work on it, etc. I want to tie in my life outline, as well as my rules for living, and my general outlook on life.
From there I started thinking about how there are certain big themes in my work that I am somewhat obsessed with and constantly return to. So I made a list of interests that I had. I rated each interest on my level of interest and also on my level of experience with that interest. That created a really interesting picture of my interests that I hadn’t considered before. How, some of my interests are brand new, and how some are decades old. And yet, they somehow work together, and it almost seems like there’s a method to the interest evolution over time.
Common themes include: smaller-sized projects, quick development, highly interactive, somehow linked to passions, goals, and knowing the self, while building tools that make insight into the self and into my goals easier and more accessible to others.
It’s interesting enough that I think I’m going to flesh out the list of interests, rate them on experience, and then also rate them on my current commitment to the interest and my perceived availability to develop that interest in the future both for myself and as a service to others.
Who knows if it’ll go anywhere, but it clicks with my brain right now.