Theresa O’Connor


In September 2005, full of enthusiasm, I started blogging about Emacs at After a somewhat strong start, my posting rate quickly declined. In total, I managed to post 24 times in 17 months, and not at all since January.

Apparently, I don’t care about Emacs as much as I thought.

But that doesn’t explain it. I mean, I’m pretty much That Guy. You know, that annoying guy at $SCHOOL or $WORK who uses Emacs for everything: my address book, blogging, coding, document preparation, irc, mail, writing markup, shell. I even post to twitter from Emacs. And all of these things are lovingly configured somewhere in the approximately four thousand lines of Emacs dotfiles peppering my $HOME.

There’s potentially a ton of good blogging material in there, especially the dozens of little, crufty lifehacks built up over time that I could clean up a little and write up.

But I missed the window and can’t be bothered to write any of them up.

What window? Well, Mark Pilgrim thinks the best time to write is

  • When you’re filled with wonder
  • If you wait until you’re an expert, it’s too late
  • Write when you can’t not write

I think that’s a fair description of when you’ll be most motivated to write on a topic. It looks like I lose on at least two of his criteria, if not all of them.

So I’ve folded the posts from into my blog here, and have closed up shop. Technosailor’s WordPress-to-WordPress Import made this relatively painless, despite this end not being WordPress.

Until I have an Emacs-specific Atom feed in place over here to redirect to, I’ll leave’s feed as a placeholder. I now have an Emacs-specific feed here, so the old feed URL is redirecting.

Unlike its ancestor, Planet Emacsen is alive and well, and will be around for the foreseeable future.