"Real Artists Ship"

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The Naming of Blogs…

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

I hadn’t really thought about names when I started out setting this up. I am aware that most blogs have names, but for a while just thought about calling it “Colin Johnson’s blog”. In the end I settled on “Real Artists Ship”, a quote from Steve Jobs about the importance not just of doing interesting creative work, but getting it out there (see Steven Levy‘s book Insanely Great for details). Two names that didn’t quite make the cut were “Talentless but Hardworking”, a phrase that I’ve liked for a while; and “Cakes and Ale” (after Shakespeare in Twelfth Night), more for the attitude than out of any especial liking either for cakes or ale.

First Post!

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Hello! I thought that it was time that I had a blog; I don’t really have a particular focus for this at present, but we’ll see what happens. I’d like to use this as a repository for random thoughts and observations. I’ll be interested to see what happens with this; I’ve made previous attempts to do this kind of thing, both in the form of computer files and physical notebooks, but they haven’t really had all that much staying power. Perhaps making this “public” will inspire me to add more.