Blogging - A (Second) Year In Review

yearly review checklist

Two years into writing for myself, how it feels like I have always been here. But, in the grand scheme, it is still a new practice to me. What I was initially worried about (spelling mistakes, having nothing to say, confidence in writing skills) have all but disappeared. This journey was designed to put me out there and become uncomfortable. That has been an overall success in my eyes.

How about a quick look at the 2022 summary:

Number of Posts25
Post Series4
Top Tagsazure data reflection

A couple of things worth pointing out from the past year's posts, I had never deployed anything but .NET to Azure. Nor had I completed a multi-step ETL using SQL server. A couple of new experiences under my belt were brand new to me. One last thing to note on this whole journey, the learnings I have had in building and experimenting with Gatsby on this blog site, I have brought into my work life as well. Taking these technologies that are moving fast in the feature development space and nearly instant feedback loops to the developer to quickly move through the SDLC.

In the second half of the year, my writing was not nearly as consistent. This is something I have been experimenting with to obtain more consistent deliverables. The experiments continue to discover what is the best arrangement to meet all my needs. In the review last year, I discussed a preview flag I had implemented to assist with the ebbs and flow of writing. This feature almost made writing worse. I would use it to my advantage to write as much as possible, as quickly as possible. Then do no writing or idea generation between these blocks. More to come on this topic.

What is at the top of the list for the coming year? More learnings More consistency in writing

My theme: reduce friction in the process