First, Brian Lovin on a perspective around incrementally correct personal sites:
Incremental correctness is the process of iterating towards something more truthful, accurate, usable, or interesting. The faster we can iterate, the faster we can discover good ideas. Things aren’t perfect today, but tomorrow things can be slightly closer to perfect.
Incremental correctness changes everything about the way you work. It’s anti-perfectionism. It’s pro-generation. It’s about discovery and proof, research and prototyping, and having a framework to reliably test your instincts. It discourages major redesigns, preferring isolated improvements to a small subset of nodes in any kind of working tree.
I’ve always struggled to have this mindset when working on my personal website. I get stuck in these loops where I redesign the thing once every few years, and am left so thoroughly exhausted and frustrated by the process that I don’t want to touch the thing ever again. If you’ve ever dreaded the notion of having to redesign your portfolio, you probably know what I mean.
Paired with Frank Chimero, on digital homesteading:
Have you ever visited an architect’s house, one they designed themselves? It’s fun to walk through it with them. They have so many things, arranged so thoughtfully, and share the space with such pride because of the personal reflection the house required to design (not to mention the effort it took to build). It’s really quite special. I think there’s a pleasure to having everything under one roof. You feel together, all of you at once. In a way, building your own house is the ultimate project for a creative person: you’re making a home for what you think is important, done in the way you think is best.