I only started documenting instances of “a web that’s well-considered and worth savoring” this past weekend, but they’ve (ironically?) accumulated quickly. Taking a cue from the Slow Food movement, I’m trying to draw more attention to the sites that pay attention to you. And by you, I mean me, and by us, I mean the universal consumer. And by pay attention, I mean show respect for the fact that we’re giving them our time and attention. This is something well-applied to almost any experience, whether it’s food or web or, in the case of our KBB, shopping.
If we really take the time to savor what we consume, we’re more inclined to be discerning about what exactly the input is. Conversely, if the makers of what we consume know that we’re paying attention, they’re more likely to give us the good stuff. Oh yes, my theory is riddled with flaws, I realize as I type this, but allow me some idealism, won’t you please? Work with me people!
It’s kind of how I see this here newsletter too. I take a lot of time to make them, and I certainly don’t make them alone. A lot goes into forming my ramblings into something fit for your consumption. We go through several phases of editing, and that’s just for the words. We’re not perfect, but we sure do try hard — we figure that if you’re going to take the time to read, we should take the time to put something together that’s worth your while. Conversely, I’ve gotten a lot of wonderful feedback (constructive criticism included!) from people who look forward to what I have to say because they know how much work I put into it. What a virtuous cycle no?
—From today’s The 20x200 Newsletter