Hi, I’m Ethan.


There’s a saying that I’ve read a few times to the effect of: if you want to write well, you must be willing to write badly.

This site owes its existence to three facts:

  1. I want to write more as a way to explore thoughts, and I thought having a small internet property to populate with words would motivate me. (2022 update: that hypothesis was mostly false)
  2. I’m not into Twitter, a place some people go to share ideas.
  3. I shrewdly purchased ethanalter.com in 2010 before any of the other Ethan Alters out there could stake their claim. If you’re an Ethan Alter, sorry.

After 10 years of defensively paying GoDaddy domain fees, I’ve decided to use this plot of Internet to craft my masterpiece (…it’s a work in progress).

Self description has always been agony for me (to write and to read), so for our collective sake, I’ll be brief:

I’ve been lucky. I think a lot about intuition and attention. I think that writing is a kind of thinking, and there are ideas I’d like to explore that may be best unearthed by writing, even if it’s not great. I have a not-so-unique desire to be useful, and a corresponding desire that you, fellow traveler, find something of use here.

If it would be useful to you to know more, I invite you to check the About the Author page of this site and/or my LinkedIn page.

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