Welcome to Data Imaginist!
Sep 18, 2016 · 703 words · 4 minutes read
I have tried - real hard (really) - to get this site going for some time now. It probably all boils down to not having a lot of time and having way to many projects, which I think we can all relate to. I’d rather spend time developing a tool than telling the world about it (safe for 140 character advertisements on Twitter). Still, there is something alluring about having a bit more room to explain yourself and make your points and I have always been impressed by the likes of David Robinson and Oliver Keyes and how they simply just throw inspiring prose at you, so the wish to try it out for myself has persisted.
So this is me trying something new. I’ve grabbed a theme I liked from http://jekyllthemes.org (HT to Nick Balestra for Kactus) and started writing, ignoring for the moment how to properly set up RSS feeds, and disqus and integrate with R-bloggers, and… I do hope that I will be able to move the design and functionality gradually towards my vision, but the keyword is gradually. Also, you might find leftover template text somewhere - revel in my imperfection! It might stay there for years to come while I do something more important, tainting the overall impression of my blog - this is the cross I’ll have bear to get any content on the site in my lifetime…
So what will I put here, now that I’ve broken the writers block by accepting meritocracy (btw this theme is probably way better than anything I could ever have done…)? You probably wont see my writing tutorials on how to use R, ggplot2, d3.js etc. The web is flooded with high quality tutorials and if I ever feel inspired to describe how something works I should probably use that drive to improve the documentation of one of my packages. I probably also wont show enthralling data analyses underlining that Donald Trump is way worse than his staff - better people than me have that covered. Honestly, I have no idea if there is an overarching plan to what I’m going to put in here and this is not a manifesto - I might end up writing tutorials for how to analyse tweets for all I know.
If you made it this far through my incoherent ramblings it’s safe to say that you do have some interest in what I have to share. So to you, that one guy over in the corner: “Welcome to my very imperfect blog!”