Help Us Find Your Blog (and others)

Previously: Against Facebook – Call to Action, Against Facebook – Details

Note (5/2): Due to my need to prepare for Magic: The Gathering’s Pro Tour: Amonkhet, updates to this blog and progress exploring new blogs will be slow for the next two weeks. I will still get to the full list in time, and anticipate finishing in May.

Inspired by posts by and conversations with Alyssa Vance, and the desire to do some tangible things beyond laying out my case, this post will attempt to start fixing the biggest problem that personal blogs have: by default, no one knows about them.

Ideally, this problem is addressed gradually over time, as those who do see such blogs post links to their best posts, and those who follow those links then discover the blogs, resulting in growth. Also helpful is the blogroll, which allows those who like one blog to discover other similar blogs that the author recommends. This is not the worst system, but it is not great either, and right now I am not even doing my part in having a proper blogroll.

I can at least fix that, and while doing so, give those who have blogs I do not know about a chance to find me. So here is the plan:

If you have a blog, comment here with your name, the name and concept of your blog, and a link to either your blog and/or what you consider your best post. I will then read at least one of your posts (at least a few thousand words, unless it is unreadable), leave one comment, and consider adding you to my RSS feed and blogroll.

If you don’t have a blog, but you want to start one, this post will still be around, and I get an email whenever anyone comments. Email me when you feel you have hit your groove and have a few good posts. If we are personal friends, one post is enough to get you on my RSS.

Whether or not you have a blog, you are also encouraged to name and link to one to three additional blogs that you feel are great that no one has mentioned yet, and I will check them out.

If something is R-rated (as in actually inappropriate for kids, not just dropping an occasional f-bomb) please say so. If something is X-rated, do not link to it here, as this is neither the time nor the place.

Note that for now I have turned off approval-first comment moderation for this blog. Let’s make sure I do not regret that!

To avoid getting in too far over my head: These commitments are good for the first 100 people to comment here, although if it gets into the 100-person range it may take me a while to catch up. It is also good for anyone I am friends with regardless of how many people post. If this exercise seems productive, I will keep doing it even beyond 100 people, but I am very careful not to commit to things if I am not willing to follow through.

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67 Responses to Help Us Find Your Blog (and others)

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  3. My blog is https://entirelyuseless.wordpress.com/

    I would be happy to give my name if desired through a private channel but I avoid public association between my name and this online identity.

    Officially I have not defined my blog other than as an expression of my personal interests, in order to leave myself free to write about what I want to write about. Among other things, it has some philosophy, some rationality topics, and some Catholicism related topics. The last is largely because 1) as a former believer my interests do not automatically change when my beliefs change, and 2) my former associates are mostly extremely devout believers and have little respect for apostasy. Historically I started the blog in part in order to address this situation.

    For various reasons I might not be posting for a while, but I will probably get back to it at some point.

  4. Paul Crowley says:

    My blog is Minds Aren’t Magic https://mindsarentmagic.org/ – there’s no overall concept.
    Some good posts:
    The long scale of utility https://mindsarentmagic.org/2014/10/12/the-long-scale-of-utility/
    The size of the Universe and the Great Filter https://mindsarentmagic.org/2014/09/12/the-size-of-the-universe-and-the-great-filter/

    • TheZvi says:

      I like it, some good bite-sized ideas to think about. Interestingly, I found a sampling of recent posts to be better than your choices for good posts – it can be tough to know what one’s own best ideas are!

  5. I’m very glad to see such a clearly written critique of Facebook. I’ve had similar feelings for a while, but I’ve never managed to put them into words this effectively.

    I’ll give you my blog: https://www.chrisstucchio.com/

    Topics range from fairly technical math/statistics/computing stuff to mainstream amateur economics. I’ll give you the best posts on some different topics:

    Best computer post: https://www.chrisstucchio.com/blog/2012/hft_apology.html
    Best econ post: https://www.chrisstucchio.com/blog/2013/basic_income_vs_basic_job.html
    Best math post: https://www.chrisstucchio.com/blog/2014/equal_weights.html (This post might be PG – it includes a picture of two fully clothed beautiful women.)
    Best machine learning/AI post: https://www.chrisstucchio.com/blog/2016/alien_intelligences_and_discriminatory_algorithms.html

    • TheZvi says:

      Thank you! I read the best-of links, and am happy to have done so, but don’t think the blog in general is a good fit for me – it’s aimed at a different level.

      The HFT article seems to be talking about pure market making as opposed to what I think of as HFT activity, which is harder (but not impossible) to defend. I also strongly disagree with removing the penny increment, and the debate would be fun, but this is not the place for that debate.

      The math post, as per my comment there, I think that you’ve proven something that doesn’t actually imply what you think it does. I do admire your willingness to get into the math and to write code in these spots, but we seem to disagree a lot on the implications.

      The AI post is stuff I’ve spent a bunch of time thinking about, so I didn’t learn anything new, but they are points that need to (carefully) be made and not enough people are making them.

      I would also advise you that, while nothing in any of the articles bothered me, I think you are spending what one SSC calls ‘heat’ (things that tend to get people mad at you) where it isn’t producing much light/value. You want to spend those points only when they are necessary/central to what you are saying.

  6. Daniel Speyer says:

    I’ve been splitting the difference. My Facebook/Blog can be found and RSSed at http://reddit.com/r/dspeyer (feed link is on the sidebar).

    I write about philosophy, statistics, science, politics, personal life, or whatever else I feel like.

    • TheZvi says:

      Interesting hybrid, giving yourself permission to ‘go shallow’ and ‘go deep’ in the same place. Pretty good hit ratio. What made you decide on reddit?

  7. benquo says:

    Thanks for the reminder to put you on my blogroll! FYI I can’t find yours at all.

    I blog at http://www.benjaminrosshoffman.com – you already know about it but I’m commenting to help others find it.
    My most commonly discussed-in-person post is probably this one: http://benjaminrosshoffman.com/wait-vs-interrupt-culture/
    The moral philosophy post I’m proudest of is this one: http://benjaminrosshoffman.com/humility-argument-honesty/
    Here’s an attempt to directly transfer a bunch of general thinking skills: http://benjaminrosshoffman.com/reading-writing-thinking-brain/

    • TheZvi says:

      Indeed! This post was inspired partly by the fact that I realized I didn’t have one and needed to start, which I am starting to do this afternoon, and will definitely include you. Assuming WordPress and I get along I should have the core stuff up within a day or two.

    • TheZvi says:

      Got a basic one up now (with just Rationality blogs), will expand upon that as I go through this list, figure out the stuff I’ve missed / neglected, and include other categories of things (primarily economics/politics and gaming, I’m guessing).

      For those reading this, I strongly endorse the above referenced blog, and on my (growing faster than it is shrinking) list of things to do here is to expand upon slash reply to a number of his posts including the first two above.

  8. PDV says:

    Jacob K, http://thepdv.wordpress.com, weakly about rationality-related topics but mostly just whatever intellectual-ish things I’m thinking about enough to share thoughts on. The most recent post on AI Safety is at least above-average quality for me.

    You’ve already got my top recommendations on your blogroll, but I’d add Brienne Yudkowsky’s Agenty Duck: http://agentyduck.blogspot.com/, and also https://frustrateddemiurge.tumblr.com/ (I think that author prefers not to be named.)

    • TheZvi says:

      Agreed, pretty good stuff. I’ve been thinking about Paul’s position for a while and how to either salvage it or convincingly (to Paul) refute it. I do think he is paranoid. What I worry is that he is playing a switch-game with the word benign. As he replies, strictly speaking there are no benign agents, and the definition of benign is shockingly weak in terms of what it can assure you of, so I don’t buy it as an invariant either. Whole thing is on my to-post stack but won’t get there until June at the earliest, probably.

  9. John Nerst says:

    First time I’ve seen anyone explicitly ask for self-promotion:)

    So alright, I write http://everythingstudies.wordpress.com

    Title pretty self-explanatory – writing about philosophical, psychological and cultural topics with a particular focus on the mechanics of disagreement, understanding differences and tying disparate ideas together.

    Best posts in my own view are probably https://everythingstudies.wordpress.com/science-the-constructionists-and-reality/, https://everythingstudies.wordpress.com/partial-derivatives-and-partial-narratives/ and maybe https://everythingstudies.wordpress.com/reactions-to-infinite-jest (if one is interested in that book).

    I’d also throw in a recommendation for http://liskantope.wordpress.com and http://www.suspendedreason.com

    • TheZvi says:

      How can I say no to someone pioneering Erisology? All hail discordia. Loved your Infinite Jest post in particular, I had different but highly related reactions. You’re on my RSS and good chance you make the expanded blogroll when I get to doing that.

  10. Grognor says:

    I am Grognor. my blog is at grognor.blogspot.com

    the blog doesn’t have a name. it appears to have a name at any given time, but I keep changing it. it doesn’t have a concept, either, though in practice I write just about myself or rationality. I don’t update very often

    one good post is Detachment Examined: http://grognor.blogspot.com/2016/12/detachment-examined.html

    the strongest endorsement I can point to is being on meteuphoric’s blogroll

    • TheZvi says:

      Interesting mixed bag. I especially appreciated the history of Weird Sun Twitter, which included a lot of great new information about how things developed, and also pointed me to the list you keep which is quite neat, I hadn’t put in the time to create a high-quality list or even find all the good ones.

  11. spiralingintocontrol says:

    My blog is here: http://particularvirtue.blogspot.com/

    Not very regular, and so far it’s mostly about software engineering.

    (I know you IRL but I’m not sure I’d count as a “personal friend.” I’m somewhat leery of connecting my blog directly to my real identity for now.)

    • TheZvi says:

      Strong endorsement of this one! Reliably says interesting things, and even contained the best (very qualified and partial) defense of Facebook I have seen so far. When it gets too deep into software engineering details I skipped over those parts, but that is fine, and the pars about dealing with management and with knowledge gaps and other non-technical aspects universalize quite well.

  12. Gray says:

    I write Eukaryote Writes Blog. The content varies a lot but tends to be fact-level research posts, with a lot of variance. A lot of it is about microbiology or existential risk. The tags are accurate if you want to sort.

    https://eukaryotewritesblog.com/
    My favorite x-risk post is this one: https://eukaryotewritesblog.com/2016/08/07/biotic-replacement-and-evolutionary-innovation-as-a-global-catastrophic-risk/
    In terms of “less research-y, more riffing on a concept” posts, this one: https://eukaryotewritesblog.com/2017/02/03/when-youre-expecting-the-weird/

    I think this is a good idea and also that I should get around to putting a blogroll on my blog.

    Some blogs not mentioned here so far that I like:
    https://mhollyelmoreblog.wordpress.com/
    http://briantomasik.com/feed/

    • TheZvi says:

      I think there’s quality content here, and I feel vaguely bad about not being able to get motivated to engage with it, but I think somewhere along the line I got turned off to microbiology and similar areas and I don’t think I’m going to get that back. Definitely keep it up, but not for me.

  13. ve.nam says:

    My blog is here: https://venam.nixers.net/

    I just recently stumbled upon your blog and quite enjoy it so far. I like the introspection you’re doing into the subjects that fascinate/annoy you.

    One of my good post is this one: https://venam.nixers.net/blog/programming/2015/09/25/group-work.html

    My blog is mostly about introspection, thoughts, some psychology.
    It’s to take lightly.

  14. I write [Put a Number on It](https://putanumonit.com/), the unifying theme of which is applying rationality and math in places your mom told you not to, like [optimizing shopping
    habits](https://putanumonit.com/2016/05/11/shopping-for-happiness/) or deciding [which girl to date](https://putanumonit.com/2017/03/12/goddess-spreadsheet/). Other recurring themes are [how not to get fooled by bad statistics](https://putanumonit.com/category/defense-against-the-dark-arts/), [policy and economics](https://putanumonit.com/category/policy-and-economics/), pictures of hedgehogs and bad puns.

    • TheZvi says:

      Yep, I know it (and you) quite well. Definitely a good one and it’s clear you put in the effort to maintain high quality even when pretending not to.

  15. I write Put a Number on It, the unifying theme of which is applying rationality and math in places your mom told you not to, like optimizing shopping
    habits
    or deciding which girl to date. Other recurring themes are how not to get fooled by bad statistics, policy and economics, pictures of hedgehogs and bad puns.

  16. bayesianinvestor says:

    I blog at bayesianinvestor.com on general topics of interest to rationalists, with a few too many book reviews. I’ve tagged 6 posts as best: http://www.bayesianinvestor.com/blog/index.php/tag/best-posts/.
    – Peter McCluskey

    • TheZvi says:

      Definitely my speed. It’s always interesting to see other smart people take their own approach to investing and markets, and I very much enjoyed your book reports (I wish I had the time to read that many thoughtful books!) Like many other bloggers, I enjoyed your average post as much as your best posts.

      I can’t get into the details of my investing opinions for regulatory reasons (anything that would sound like investment advice is right out) but I will say that I was surprised how big you think the long-term returns can be from doing things others are biased against, especially with trends others have noticed (e.g. low volatility), and less concerned with expense ratios. You also seem much less concerned with the ‘everyone knows about this now’ phenomenon, which does match my experience in other areas that everyone hears tons of good ideas and then doesn’t act on them.

    • TheZvi says:

      Definitely will be adding this one on the next revision. Lots of good, concrete stuff to chew on. The thing that stood out to me here is that it drives home the idea that even if you’ve thought about concepts, hearing someone state them well and cleanly in their own words, with their own take on where they matter most and how they use the insight, is still really valuable and worth one’s time. There’s certainly a danger of having ‘too much’ of that type of thing in one’s intellectual diet, but it’s not clear to me that there’s enough high-quality content of this type to allow an overdose.

      It also made me think about the value of focus. I built up a Twitter following in part by avoiding things that would be ‘off-topic’ to someone in the Magic community, but that makes me sad in some ways, so I wonder what things you have to say that you don’t say because you feel like they wouldn’t fit, and how we generally can solve the ‘diversity in content drives people away’ problem.

  17. i blog at Agenty Duck. most of my blogging is me talking about stuff i’m learning, usually in the realm of rationality. here’s a sample post: http://agentyduck.blogspot.com/2014/09/what-its-like-to-notice-things.html

    • TheZvi says:

      Been keeping an eye on it for a while. Your brain and my brain work quite differently! It’s cool to see someone actually trying different techniques in a coherent and logical fashion, even if I would never use or suggest those techniques myself, and occasionally there will be something that does seem worth exploring on top of it.

  18. Elo says:

    http://Www.bearlamp.com.au

    Best post: list of common human goals
    Or – currently writing series on exploration exploitation.

  19. My name is, uh, I’m not sure if this using real names on the blogroll is even a good idea
    http://squirrelinhell.blogspot.com/
    The content is pretty mixed (I try to really follow the advice to not worry too much). Sometimes I roll up my sleeves and try to write about some interesting idea like this one (but most of the time I’m overwhelmed with how communication is broken and how I can’t get any of the fun ideas across anyway): http://squirrelinhell.blogspot.com/2017/04/the-ai-alignment-problem-has-already.html

  20. drossbucket says:

    My blog is https://drossbucket.wordpress.com

    It’s mainly a workbook for my own benefit, and not necessarily very well laid out for general consumption, but I really like your ‘get your writing off Facebook’ call to action so I thought I’d list it. I moved my blog off Tumblr recently, partly for similar reasons.

    The main obsession is mathematical intuition, but I also write about anything else that I’m trying to get clearer on.

    • TheZvi says:

      You don’t seem to think much of your plan; I think it is better than most plans, and having a plan at all already puts the whole reference class a step ahead!

      • drossbucket says:

        Thanks! But I’m not sure what plan you’re referring to here – the plan to get off tumblr and get a real blog, or a specific plan I talk about in a post, like the ‘becoming a crackpot physicist’ one?

        Those two plans are going well and I’m very happy with them. I like to take the piss out of my plans/myself when writing about them, though, and that tone doesn’t always cross the Atlantic well, so maybe that hasn’t come across 🙂

      • TheZvi says:

        Primarily here I was referring to becoming a crackpot physicist, but getting off of tumblr definitely would also count!

  21. srconstantin says:

    I’m srconstantin.wordpress.com

    • TheZvi says:

      In case anyone doesn’t know, this blog is great and should basically be considered required reading. I keep meaning to respond to a number of posts and haven’t done it yet. So much time and so little to do, etc.

  22. Malcolm says:

    My blog is http://malcolmocean.com

    It generally say that it’s about metacognition, mental models, and cultural change.

    Here’s a solid candidate for best post: http://malcolmocean.com/2016/05/honing-mode-vs-jamming-mode/ (it certainly has more & better comments than any of my other posts)

    There’s also this page — http://malcolmocean.com/best-posts — you can skim the sections/titles til you get to something that seems intriguing to you.

    Posts have been intermittent lately but I have a backlog of stuff that I *am* making progress on (wrote several thousand words today!) so I expect it to be much more active during the second half of this year than the first! 😀

  23. Zerosaurus says:

    My blog is https://zerosaur.wordpress.com/

    It is tightly focused on a single philosophical consideration and its implications, and has few entries at the moment, but I happen to like it.

  24. My blog, An Algorithmic Lucidity, specializes in cutsey dialogues and idiosyncratic philosophical commentary or technical exposition.

    I also (pseudonymously, for branding and market segmentation purposes) write The Scintillating But Ultimately Untrue Thought, a blog on gender and transgender issues from a perspective that is perhaps less commonly seen.

    • TheZvi says:

      I heartily endorse this service or product.

      I had been told you were important, but I didn’t understand why. I now understand – I devoured an entire year’s worth today, pretty great stuff. I’m regretting that we haven’t become friends at some point, perhaps this can be fixed in the future.

      Just as you hold two brands, I hope you can, or can learn to, hold other outlooks and use other filters, and inhabit them when it is useful to you, and still be you. One must see things as they are, but even more than we cannot afford to hate the player, we cannot afford to hate the game.

      • Thanks! ❤❤ Any outlooks/filters to suggest?

      • TheZvi says:

        I really should write the answer to that up at some point, because it’s a really interesting question, and applies to pretty much everyone. I’ve been tanking on this question for a while; there’s a LOT of them that have proven useful to me, and I need to think about it more. I feel like there’s two important ones for you. One of them is a version of “Everything is awesome”, think Louis CK’s bit about how everything is awesome and no one is happy. The other is hard to describe concisely; it feels like if I can answer this correctly I’ll have something important, and this is not right yet. Best I can do right now is, the one where the obviously stupid things that are about horrible social failure spirals or what not are instead to be accepted at face value of the actual local dynamics, and dealt with as useful and interesting things: it’s the ability to, for any given game (in the ‘don’t hate the player’ sense of the word game), inhabit the game, care about the game, play the game, to try to win the game, for the love of the game, and X really is about Y. This mode has never met an uninteresting person, and so on. At some point, I’ll figure out a good way to say it.

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  26. Hivewired says:

    Heyas I’m Hive,
    I blog at https://hivewired.wordpress.com/

    I write about topics including, rationality, plurality, metaethics, politics, community building and organisation, and transhumanism.

    • TheZvi says:

      Let no one say you lack ambition!

      I think rechecking now that you’ve posted the whole template was much more enlightening than when you started out with a story. Your template is in its own way quite detailed, and I was surprised given its level of detail that I could not find more disagreement than I did. On many levels that is good, but it also might mean you’re not biting enough real bullets slash being sufficiently concrete. It wasn’t clear what the concrete steps were going to be, but I often don’t know what my concrete steps are going to be either. It’s a problem.

      Reminded me of Leverage.

      I am very glad this is happening and am eager to see what becomes of it.

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  29. DisplayName says:

    Hi.

    I’m currently blogging at briefliteraryabandon.wordpress.com. Someday I’ll get my own url and etc. I’ve got formal schooling in education and law, but have never let my schooling get in the way of my education. I blog books I read, and mostly that’s it, and mostly the point right now is to develop my own ability to think to completion on small topics, in preparation for thinking to completion on larger ones, and maybe someday writing for a living.

    Cheers.

  30. Moshe says:

    Hi!

    I blog at Yahweh Memorial School for Error Correction in Signal Processing. It’s a Bible commentary blog from a Rationalist-adjacent perspective. Probably my highest-value-per-word post so far is Flood-resistant lineages, though each post builds on prior ones.

    Moshe

  31. jdp says:

    Hi,

    I write at the untitled blog on my personal website: http://www.jdpressman.com/blog.html
    General themes include:
    * Computer history, especially the history of the word ‘hacker’
    * Becoming more effective as a person
    * Politics
    * The history of various niche subcultures I belonged to at one point

    • TheZvi says:

      I too am somewhat curious about the word hacker. I know that at work we have to not use it because of its negative associations, so for example we can’t do a “hackathon” even when a thing is pretty obviously a hackathon, and have to call it something else so it doesn’t end up sounding bad out of context. This makes me sad because it has a true name and not calling things by their right names when you damn well know their right names is pretty terrible.

      For use in my own thinking and with my friends, though, I don’t consider it ruined at all, I just use it to mean what it actually means (and thus, I reveal my diehard perscriptivist streak).

  32. My personal blog:https://flightfromperfection.com/

    It’s about whatever is catching my attention at the moment – often history, art criticism, gonzo social theory

    Some posts that have withstood my withering standards over time:
    https://flightfromperfection.com/motorcycle-risk.html
    https://flightfromperfection.com/online-dating-frustrations.html
    https://flightfromperfection.com/the-fading-of-older-relatives.html
    https://flightfromperfection.com/vegas-dispatch.html

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