Chris Hannah


We’re All Just Saying Things on the Internet #

I was scrolling on my phone on the commute home today, and I came across someone talking about how you could subscribe to their content for a certain price. I can’t remember where I saw it, or who posted it—not that it matters—but it certainly sparked a few chain reactions in my brain.

For context, either I didn’t read it fully, or what this “content” was, wasn’t explained to me. I can’t quite put into words what my first thoughts were, but I couldn’t understand the value proposition at all. One thing that flashed across my mind was that this was just someone asking for money and that they were probably going to create this “content” no matter what. So why would someone need to pay a subscription?

I then started putting it into the context of a blog or newsletter to try and understand my thoughts a little better. I kept coming back to the idea that we’re all just saying things. Which surely isn’t worth anyone’s money? But then maybe there is value behind it. Otherwise, how do you explain blogs, newsletters, podcasts, etc? There’s clearly a desire for the opinions and viewpoints of other people, and maybe that’s worth money to some people.

It made me think about what I share on my blog. Sometimes I wonder if my blog should contain small fleeting thoughts, my review of a product, or a deeply thought-out essay on a topic. Is this just me “creating content” and hoping someone throws a bit of money in my direction? I don’t think so.

I like to think that my blog is just an online representation of myself, my thoughts, opinions, and maybe also just things that I think others may find interesting.

So why would people read my blog?

Well, I guess it’s for the same reason that I follow people on Mastodon, why I subscribe to people on YouTube, and why I read so many blogs.

Most of the “content” I consume seems to stem from people going onto the internet to either express their thoughts or share their perspectives. That all seems rather simplistic, but I think it’s true.

Does that mean a blog is someone just saying things on the internet? I think that’s what I do. I think it’s what other people do as well. And I think I like it.

Now on to more current thoughts, is this blog post, me talking to myself, or am I talking to the internet? I’m not sure. But if you’ve read this far, then you have just caught a small glimpse into what goes on inside my head.

What Games Are to Technology #

A weird thing popped into my head earlier. That I think games are now, what war used to be for technology.

We all know that a lot of science and technological advancements of the past were driven by war. To create weapons, to break communications encryption, achieve space flight, and loads more.

But what drives technology now, or at least consumer technology, are games.

Sure, not all improvements are because of games. But why do we have powerful computers? Mainly, the power is to play games. And a lot of extra stuff gets achieved along the way.

The most common marketing example of the power of smartphones is showing a game demo. Because games constantly sit on the edge of whats possible. They encourage technology companies to push boundaries.

Right now, the next step is Virtual Reality. But that’s just a stepping stone to the real destination, Artificial Reality. That’s where I think we will see the next major technological breakthrough. But what’s pushing VR? Games.

It doesn’t exactly mean much. But it’s interesting to see that games are a fundamental part of pushing technological advancements. Both as a reason for advancements as with more power can come better games, and as a marketing tool that can be used to help push the development of a product, as in VR and AR.