illegitimi carborundum me


This blog inexorably trends toward idleness. This lamentable result owes to two factors. First, my gradual capitulation to the numb stuffed-couch comforts of passive entertainment (not a sentence and I’m passive entertainment over it).

My life has become increasingly bimodal, divided into periods of intense activity and profound inactivity. I don’t know why. When I’m not working, I’m increasingly consuming highly passive entertainment. I mean, really passive. Blogging is entirely too much effort after a long day of work.

The second force is more pernicious: self-censorship.

When I started this blog (seven years ago… sheesh!) posting (personal thoughts) on the internet was like swearing in the woods: it didn’t matter, because no one could hear you. That’s no longer the case. Obviously. I prize my position as the first Google result for “Mark Egge”. But it’s also a liability as we all increasingly turn to the internet to learn about strangers (and ourselves).

A blog post, [simili omitted], once required effort to seek out and to find. Now, I click [Submit] and whatever ill-advised introspection I happen to be typing is instantly pushed into the pockets of acquaintances across the globe.

I have not kept up with the times. I’ve continued to treat my blog as a private enclave for sharing thoughts with close friends. There’s a bit of a circle to it, actually. I post thoughts wildly inappropriate for a wide audience. Inevitably–and with worrisome speed–that something gets back to me. Which discourages me from posting. Then I do it again, and the cycle repeats.

Of course, I could simply stop posting inappropriate things. I could start a nice outdoor adventure blog. Review movies, music (or books, but those have largely succumbed to my passive entertainment addiction). A COOKING blog, for crying out loud! God SAVE us!!

This might even sound reasonable to some! But it’s not! I’ve only ever blogged for two reasons: 1) to chronicle my thoughts and experiences (for myself) and 2) to occasionally enrage, bemuse or offend my friends. Just the pretense of writing to a broader audience should be sufficient to drive away any lingering readers!

Blogging is fun when posting the profane, snarky, offensive and obtuse thoughts that most have the good sense to keep to themselves.

So. It’s time for me to modernize. Not by perfecting my self-censorship–but by refining my audience.

Thus, I’m updating to a modern blogging platform (the current version of runs on a platform I coded myself in high school…). All “personal” posts (such as this one) will be accessible via authenticated log-in only. It’ll be a pain in the ass for all involved.

But holds a certain promise: once we’re back in the woods, I’ll start swearing again.

About Mark Egge

Transportation planner-adjacent data scientist by day. YIMBY Shoupista on a bicycle by night. Bozeman, MT. All opinions expressed here are my own.
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2 Responses to illegitimi carborundum me

  1. Sagar1586 says:

    So my 10 year login time is going bye bye?

    that makes me sad.

  2. Hopealess says:

    Yipee! Back to the woods!