Is a blog post realy free to write?
There is a lot that goes into my writing this blog post. Until a few moments ago I saw writing the post as a free activity but actually I have hidden a lot of cost into the mix. I am sat here with a cup of English Breakfast Tea (because I am that sort of gent) in my favourite leather computer chair and typing on an old familiar keyboard that has outlived four computers and three monitors.
- Why did I buy the PC I am using rather than another one?
- Why Ubuntu over, say, Windows?
- Why this text editor?
- Why this ISP?
- Why that monitor, keyboard and mouse?
- Why did I choose the electricity provider over any other?
- Why the server provider over, say, shared hosting or some other geographically closer server?
- Why this desk?
- Why this chair?
These are part of what Trent Hamm calls The Decision Stack (picked up via Life Hacker) and these choices all add up to the choice at this moment to write this blog post.
But could I have done without this PC? Could I have taken less money from the pot by using a different OS? (In my case no as I am using Ubuntu which is free).
Am I using the most efficient energy provider? If I am not then I am wasting resources that I could be investing into my development pot.
One thing is for sure. This blog post is not free - it's costing me server, energy and hardware depreciation. So I had damn well better make sure it is worth my money.
Trent Hamm's Decision Stack is an intriguingly expressed idea and one that I think deserves further consideration.