I'm back to asking what's important for my life to feel enriched.

Looking at my tools, rereading my Deep Work summaries (and likely reading "Digital Minimalism"), and trying to clean up my files somewhat makes me want to trash everything and start over.

But there's good stuff there that I want to get back to and everything that's happened since last March is keeping me from reclaiming any motivation to touch any of it.

Do I let it go, stick it in a virtual cardboard box and start over? What comes with me if I Konmari the shit out of my digital/intellectual life?

I want a single interface, a single pipeline, but my interests and "audiences" don't support that in a way that "protects" either my career or my personal life.

I'm an author, a software engineer, and then I'm also just me. Three separate voices, three separate streams of thought and not much in the way of overlap.

I would merge them all, but something tells me that's not wise. I have a reputation among the first two versions of me that needs to be maintained to some degree.

Bah. This is a perpetual struggle for me that means I end up not actually doing much of anything on any of these fronts from pure indecision.

I trust the answer will present itself eventually.

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One thing I'm hitting against is that I've spread myself across a couple different platforms that don't talk to each other.

Some stuff is on self-hosted Wordpress, some on netlify-deployed Jekyll. So if I switch my WP sites to take Markdown, I can at least WRITE in one place and then copy/paste as needed.

That might help as I'm trying to get all of my writing into a github repo in markdown.

Potentially, I could swap out the WP sites for Jekyll. I'll see if there's anything "special" about them that makes them worth keeping and what the level of effort it would be to make the switch.

@pixelpaperyarn As someone with multiple aspects, I really found joy with setting up Git repos with my blogs and stories and then just writing code to pull it together. I have twelve sites roughly grouped under four categories, each one has the same setup in terms of Markdown, a SSG, and Gitlab setups including deployment schedules.

It's seems to have worked for me in the last five years, though one site is always getting a refresh that slowly rolls through the others.

@pixelpaperyarn My writing is pretty much the same. :) I have one Git repo per novel and one for all the stories. The SSG pulls in them all and creates pages out of them.

But, when I start a project (I even set up a Yoman generator), chapters go in `chapters/chapter-??.md`, description goes in one file, metadata in another.

That way, there is no orientation needed. One consistent pattern in the way I work. :)

@dmoonfire This sounds interesting. What’s an SSG in this context?

@pixelpaperyarn Static Site Generator. I started with Jekyll, then moved to another one, then another, got frustrated that each one required so much custom code, so I write my own (Cobblestone JS), but then got tired of maintaining that for six years, so I switched to Gatsby JS, but then I got interested in Gemini protocol but Gatsby is the diametric opposite of that, so I'm in the process of switching sites to Statiq in hopes of having something that works.

Take all that and call it SSG. :)

@pixelpaperyarn My desire to make fedran.com as comprehensive as possible as an author site has caused me a few problems. :D

Mainly the pulling in dozens of other Git repos and merging them together seamlessly bit.

@pixelpaperyarn Now, the constantly changing bit might be worrisome, but that's me.

I'm always looking to improve a process and I'm looking for something *specific* to how I work.

I don't know anyone else who works with the degree of metadata I do while writing or does as much meta-writing. I'm sure there are others, but it seems to be uncommon at best.

I also like to try things out to decide if I like them or it has something that works.

@pixelpaperyarn I also integrated the same input files into the actual hardcopy and EPUB generation. So, those Git repos drive everything: website, ebooks, print, metadata for crosslinking, custom calendars, geolocation (eventually).

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