The Story I Want to Tell

I love Dan Benjamin’s 5by5 network of podcasts, and I try not to miss Merlin Mann’s “Back to Work” or John Gruber’s “The Talk Show.” So was I excited to find that on this week’s “Back to Work” Gruber and Merlin teamed up for an episode? You bet.

In the episode, titled “The Field of Completion,” the two cover everything from parenting to Star Wars to LEGO to commercials…everything. When the issue of bias comes up, Gruber, who runs the equally beloved and reviled Mac-centric site Daring Fireball, shares a bit about how he approaches blogging.

{% blockquote -John Gruber Back to Work #49: The Field of Completion (approx. 46:30) %} I’m never trying to paint a picture of this week in tech, I’m trying to paint the big picture; like a years long tapestry. I have to do it, though, one day at a time based on what’s going on right now.

Maybe parts of the narrative change. Maybe, I’m wrong. You have to look at the story that’s being told over the course of a year. {% endblockquote %}

I read Daring Fireball every day. This is perhaps the best distillation of what it is that makes Gruber’s site so honest, enjoyable and engaging. The idea of painting a big picture, a “years long tapestry,” is actually why I keep reading most of the sites that I love.

So that’s what I’m going to aim to do here. Cinema runs a lot deeper than the weekly churn of receipts and press releases and who’s who lists, and that’s the story I want to tell. I hope I’m up to the task.