Late last year I decided to pull my sleeves up and give this blog a bit more attention. I looked at my namesake and decided it could be so much more. I opened textwrangler, learnt how to inspect and architect CSS, and most importantlygot back into the habit of writing. I didn’t have any goals for the writing, apart from consistency and some fuzzy thoughts around quality. Aiming for achievable targets does help, as progress and success on those fronts is highly tangible and it feels good. I like writing on here, I never really know what form it is going to take and I like that it will grow and flex over time. I set myself a target of one post per day, and so far I’ve managed to write two. On some days I write more, and when I don’t feel inspired I’m happy to let it be. I’ve only gone a few days without feeling compelled to jot something down here, and I’m genuinely surprised with how much more I feel like writing – compared to, say tweeting. It feels like home, my place to scrawl and sketch thoughts. No pressure at all.
My dashboard tells me I’ve written 220~ posts on jasonmcdermott.net. I’m not inclined to archive and move on, but I honestly feel that anything written before November 2011 was the old site, and this new site has much bigger ambitions. I’m almost at 100 posts in the new jasonmcdermott.net, and I don’t intend on slowing down.
I’m really enjoying it, and I think you might enjoy it too. There’s been a lot of press about code yearlately, and I think it’s well deserved. But I also think there’s a lot to be said for a counter proposal – blog something. Writing daily, no matter how inane or brief, massages that muscle and helps keep that part of your brain in shape. If half the people who were considering learning to code, instead considered learning how to write, it would be incredible. I view around 10 bloggers to be my trusted sources of reliable information, insight and review – but I want more! The more there are involved in this new medium, the higher the bar will be for all.
Are you blogging? If so, where are you hiding? I want to know who you are, I want to read your stories and I want to learn a little bit more about the world through your lens. 2011 was a good year, but 2012 is going to be bigger, badder and blogger.
(ugh I know that was terrible, but I couldn’t resist. It’s my property, I can do what I want! Seriously though, it won’t happen again.)