I’m rebooting my blog. I know, I know. Here it is, the first day of 2015, and you’re reading yet another post about someone starting over, starting fresh, starting whatever. But as someone who began blogging way back in 2004, humor me for a few minutes and hear me out. Many of you reading this may think you’ve heard this one before, but for me, well, this time around it’s going to be a bit different.
Why the Reboot?
There are three reasons I want to blog again – I miss writing, I need an outlet for sharing, and I finally have a clear head again.
I wasn’t always this way (just ask my high school English teacher), but I’ve grown to really enjoy writing. I think it’s because the creative process of writing is similar to building software. Revisions and drafts are the equivalent to code refactoring. A typo is the equivalent of a bug. Publishing a post is the equivalent to releasing code to production. And in writing and in software, there’s no greater, and sometimes anxious, feeling than putting something out there.
Writing also provides an outlet for me to share my experiences, my discoveries, my failures, and lessons I’ve learned along the way. I used to be really good at that, but not so much the last 3-4 years. I’ve realized that sharing is core to who I am, so this is me getting back to that.
As for having a clear head, many of you know I spent 2010 – 2013 trying to make Max Foundry (my WordPress company) a sustainable business. That didn’t work out and I went through some rough patches with depression. I withdrew from a lot of things during that time period – friends, family, colleagues – but I’ve finally made peace with it and have moved on. For the first time in a long time I have clarity.
All Previous Content Is Gone
This might surprise some people, but all of my previous content is gone. Everything I’ve written before, the entire decade of 2004 – 2014, is no longer available. No posts, no comments, nothing.
In an odd way, this was an easy decision. I want to have the freshest restart possible, but I can’t do that by carrying over what I’ve written before, and I’m not worried about losing Google juice or any of that nonsense. I just felt like a truly clean break was necessary, if anything for my own mental happiness.
The last time I wrote a post like this I was determined to write one post a day. That lasted about a month and then it became a chore and I got busy with other things. This time there will be no promises about frequency. I’ll write when I have something to share. Some weeks will have more posts than others and some weeks won’t have any posts at all. And I’m OK with that.
Topics of Discussion
The overarching theme of this blog is around building software and the things that go into it. There will be some highly technical content and code, mainly related to the .NET stack, but also posts around culture, teams, and process. I’m always going to geek out about the technical side of software, but as I grow older, I find the intangibles of building software fascinates me more and more.
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