One of the primary reasons I want to start taking blogging seriously in 2019 is that to use it as a tool to help cement anything that I learn. As the famous saying goes, if you can’t explain it in simple terms, you don’t understand it yourself. Hence, this blog will be my space on the Internet where I will try to explain things that I am learning, to an imaginary audience.
Yet another reason for blogging is to improve my writing skills. While I am not a bad writer, I don’t believe I am a particularly able one either, and the best way to improve is via practice. In 2018, I wrote quite a bit, but much of it was unpolished and never saw the light of day. Various ideas, concepts, and just general thoughts in my mind that I put down on a text file on a dark night or in the early hours of weekends. It was time to materialize these writings and bring them out into the open. Even if nobody out there is interested in reading what I write.
A third reason is that I would like to have a central place to document interesting (and relatively un-interesting) happenings in my life. While this site will be a way to expose my opinions on software to the rest of the Internet, there are other aspects of one’s life that go beyond professional. And maintaining a blog for those is also important. A good example would be travel. I travelled quite a bit in 2018, and the thought of documenting all of those experiences has been bugging me for quite a while. Both for posterity and for my own reminding.
The aim will not be to publish content to be shared across the wide Internet (although I shall strive to maintain quality), but to simply churn out content that I see fit to write about. This means that some posts will be trivial (such as a quick solution to a problem I encountered in my work), while some posts might be carefully thought and reasoned about, festering for weeks, before being published. Both are important to me.
And so it begins. I hope by the end of this year, I have a decent amount of content in my archive to look back upon.