Annual Navel Gazing

Well, it’s been a year since I started this blog, and I have been pleasantly surprised by the personal changes that I have seen, as well as other people’s responses to my writing.

I appreciated feedback that people gave me over the course of the year, whether through comments or discussions. This helped me realize that I can provide value through writing and that people are actually interested in reading what I am thinking about.

I now think that being creative is something that one can improve with practice. I don’t think that I seriously considered this angle before trying to produce something creative over a long period of time. Being able to produce consistently is a challenge, but once I started doing it, my mind changed to accommodate this request. When I gain new insights, I start thinking about how I can formalize these thoughts into something that is digestible for other people.

I’ve noticed this in songwriting or poetry as well recently. I don’t think most artists just sit down one day and say, “I’m going to write ten songs today.” The way I imagine it goes is that they write songs continuously and then take the ones that resonate most strongly afterward.

By and far the most popular two posts have been the Pomodoro Technique post and the Vim Word Processing post. Based on Google Analytics, I’m thinking the former is popular because people are searching for things on the Pomodoro Technique, and the latter is popular because it is linked to from the popular Vim Autocorrect plugin page.

As noted in some of the notes sections, I have work to do with limiting WIP and getting things out while they still have energy. Again, as written elsewhere, I realize that having a word target is good, but writing every single day is probably more trouble than it is worth. Writing with energy is important, as is writing out what I am thinking about and just getting it on paper.

Looking forward to another year of thinking, writing, and interacting! Thanks for tuning in.

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