Production logs are my way of relaying progress for a given project.
Most work is invisible unless you directly interact with the process. This creates an illusion of lack of work.
For creators relying on donations to subsist, this is detrimental. The seeming lack of work signals inactivity and disinvolvement, which may prompt people otherwise interested in investing into the future of the creator to, instead, look elsewhere.
Being such a creator, I do my best to ensure my patrons know I'm not wasting their support. Production logs is one way to do so.
Production logs also allow me to express the thought process behind the work.
This has two benefits:
One is for a specialist who stumbled upon my logs in search for a particular answer. Relaying my thoughts gives them the insight into the problem – sometimes crucial to solving their own side of it.
The other is my own. I require a conduit for self-expression. I wither without one. Given that I work, and that my work is above menial, I often have things to say about it. This constitutes self-expression.
Production logs act as inverted to-do lists. I find rigid structure suppressive; I need the freedom to choose what to work on. Production logs allow me to channel the work already done into validation, without having to worry about chasing items on the list and dreading the looming requirements of any one of them.
Production logs allow me to expose my errors to the world and be honest with the public because I am being honest with myself. It's a liberating practice that took years to get used to.
Every project on my website has a log attached to it. This includes the website itself. If you can't see a link, add
/log/ to the URL.