One Week of Daily Blogging

This morning I’ve hit my first milestone. It’s a small one but a milestone none-the-less. One week ago today, I began blogging on a daily basis. None of the posts over the past seven days have been written before hand and released automatically.

If you’ve known my history with blogging, then you’ll know that this is unusual. I’ve had two other blogs before this one; the oldest of which dates back to late 2011. So then, why the change? Quite simply, I wanted to begin to build a platform, something to help me distinguish myself from others. A number of my dreams and ambitions revolve around business and freelancing. In those areas a good platform is invaluable.

I have recently made a change to my morning routine. I used to get up very early for a job that both started early and also had a long commute. But since then I’ve been working a regular 8-5 job with a 25 minute commute (and sometimes not even that because of telecommuting). Needless to say, the incentive to wake up very early dried up quickly!

However, I’ve come to the conclusion that with 3 small children if I’m going to have quiet time on a regular basis, where I can spend some time focusing on things like personal reading and blogging, I’ve got to get up earlier. So that’s what I’ve done. To a bit of surprise, it’s worked really well so far.

My plan is to continue my morning schedule and improve my writing skills and platform by continuing to blog daily. Stay tuned: I’ve got some cool technical posts in the works!



Creating Habits

I have a confession to make: I’ve been a terribly irregular blogger. In the past I’ve had more days go by that had no blog post than did. Recently, I’ve altered my morning schedule and have started blogging daily. I’m a bit surprised how much I enjoy it!

So what lead me to changing my habits? I suppose the reason is multifaceted. First, I’ve admired folks like Chris Lema in the WordPress community who blog on a daily basis. Chris writes his posts on a daily basis, not in a batch and scheduling them to be posted. He’s mentioned that over the past eight years he’s had a number of blogs but they always died. Writing daily has helped build a quality blog and platform.

Platform is the second reason I wanted to start writing daily. The software industry is a noisy place, especially online. It’s my desire that through writing good articles each day, I can help myself stand-apart a bit in the industry. While searching for answers to various coding problems online, I’ve seen many, many blogs (often very helpful) but the posts are either all very old or very sparse.

The third reason to blog daily is that it helps me solidify my programming skills if I can explain something in clear and nonsensical way. The old saying is (something to the effect of) “you don’t really know a topic unless you can teach it to someone else.”

My final motivator to blogging daily was a podcast called “Giant Robots Smashing Into Other Giant Robots.” Great name, huh? Specifically it was episode 72. In that show, Nathan Berry talked about committing to writing 1,000 words per day. Out of that effort he has been able to write new books and update new books for things like iOS 7. These efforts have paid off for Nathan in a big way! I’d like to work toward a similar goal. Writing daily is something that will, and has so far, help me to work toward that goal. As they say in the personal finance world, just keep taking baby steps!