I’m taking a break from daily blogging. I’ve started my first job in tech as a full-time software developer on July 1st. Before that, I was employed as a tax officer where I chose to work part-time. The transition to full-time work and a totally different industry doesn’t leave me enough energy to work on my side-projects or to write blog articles. For now, I will concentrate on getting up to speed in my day job.
Last month I decided to try to write a blog post each day. Today’s article is the embodiment of my frustration with this experiment. While I code every day, some days I don’t have anything interesting to share. No learnings, no insights that warrant a blog post. Today the daily writing habit feels pointless. I will try to keep it up for a few days more. My new job (first job in tech!
In this ~1 hour video David Perell explains his method for writing. The Capture Habit You need a note-taking system for generating better ideas. What ideas should you save? PILE: personal inspiring easily lost (losable) effective (useful) Sources: ebooks, online articles – use a service like readwise. Capture your ideas while you read. Capture things while they are fresh. Writing Modern writing isn’t created. It’s assembled.
Inspired by Seth Goding and other folks like Mike Crittenden, I’m going to write a blog post each day for 100 days. Writing daily was a habit that I followed in 2019 and 2020, until I burned out on writing. My situation is different now. I’ve quit my job as a civil servant and will start my first job as a software developer in July. I plan to use my free time to learn a few new things (Angular, Java), play around with things that I enjoy (Go), writing and reading.
About writing beyond academic papers The Art of Writing Effectively is a fabulous lecture by Larry McEnerney, Director of the University of Chicago’s Writing Program, on being an expert and conveying your ideas. The lecture and a related workshop called Writing Beyond the Academy take around 3 hours of time to watch. It’s time worth spending, but if you want a quick overview, here are my notes.