Well it has been one hell of a month, hasn’t it? I know it’s been tough writing so much, can’t imagine what it’s been like reading it all (obviously from the spelling & grammar mistakes I don’t read what I write). But this is the last day in August, and my last post for a while until I find topics to actually research then write about!
I know I didn’t actually get to post every day, but I got much closer than I thought I would. All while almost doubling my total number of posts since I started writing on this site in 2008. The point of all this was to force myself to put something out there for the world to see. Not only the posts themselves, but also the code that I have posted to github. If it wasn’t for my desperate need for content, I might have dragged my feet forever before I started posting more, actual code, to github (instead of empty, abandoned repos). So even though I didn’t hit 31 posts in 31 days, I still feel like I accomplished a lot.
What I learned
- Writing is fracking hard! Well not the actual writing I guess, more the prep work and research, and especially just coming up with topics to
ramble ontalk about.
- Sometimes, you have to stop thinking and just write something. A problem that has plagued me for a long time is over thinking my posts and topics. If you waste all your time trying to come up with “unique” content or becoming an expert on a topic before writing about it, you will never actually write everything. You are writing on a blog, not a PhD thesis paper.
- Write for yourself, act like no one else is reading. On this I might be alone, but I prefer to think I don’t have an audience. That way I don’t worry so much about what other people think about my writing, only that I enjoy writing it and reading it too (same goes for jokes).
- Being professional sucks. Again this might be just my style, but I much rather work in humor and ridiculous pictures into my posts, no matter how serious the subject. Anyone who has ever spoken with me for any length of time wouldn’t be surprised by this I’m sure.
- Don’t ever, ever, try to write a post every day. Unless maybe it’s your job, you should not be writing every day, it sucks and it’s draining. Writing is like anything else creative, you can’t force it. When you do everything suffers, especially quality.
Who knows. I hope that this experience has awoken my passion for writing, and that I can keep it up with at least one post a week, but only time will tell. The next personal challenge will be to code more in my free time, but specifically to finish projects. I imagine most developers who tinker on the side have the same problem, dozens of ideas that fall prey to the lack of a deadline, projects started only to be left long forgotten.
Like my sparse posting to this site, I am hoping that a personal challenge for a month will lead to some results. My new goal will be to become intimately familiar with Symfony 2.0 and make something with it.
Wish me luck!