Like everyone else, I’ve got opinions and experiences to spare and to share. So why not simply haunt the usual online communities and contribute there? Why go to all the trouble of starting an isolated blog? Three reasons: to control my own data; to spare innocent users of all the other sites the burden of my opinions; to see whether this is a feasible model for personal interaction on the internet.
I think that the notion of a “project” is one of the fundamental cognitive advances of mankind. It is a kind of social signal from an individual or small group to a larger community that a problem can be and will be solved. It’s a framework for negotiating the scope of the problem and how it relates to other problems and solutions used by the community.
Related idea – planning