Why This Blog?
I’ve made more than a few half-hearted attempts at writing and maintaining a blog, ever since the time when blogs were “in”. But I’ve never managed to sustain any of them, in large part because there was no real motivation behind. Indeed, as a professional in the tech industry, I have always found the web flooded with blogs written by fellow developers and designers, so much so that I never saw the need to add my voice to the already crowded space. “There are already too many tech blogs”, was the key reason that deterred me from keeping a blog.
Even after reading Mark Llobrera’s thoughtful post, I hesitated and procrastinated. I’d have loved to blog, but what for? What’s the motivation behind it that will sustain the blog for me? Am I going to write a few blog posts simply because I want to move to a new company and I want to impress them? Am I going to drop my blog the moment I join the new company, the way I failed to maintain my past portfolio sites?
Something’s Missing of Late.
Lately, though, I noticed one thing: I’ve stopped keeping up with the many blogs I used to follow in the industry. I still visit A List Apart every now and then, but more often than not I am no longer interested by their posts. Smashing Magazine I was never a huge fan of, and again I found myself losing interest in most of their articles. Stuff and Nonsense is my favorite tech blog, but Andrew Clarke hardly updates it anymore, so I’m effectively left with nothing interesting to read. Joel on Software is another good blog that I’ve missed reading.
That was when I recognized this: that more than anything, I am constantly looking for personalities to learn from. It’s not the industry standards and the newest technologies that I want to read about, it’s how people are using them. That is why A List Part’s articles are starting to bore me (frankly, it’s beginning to read more and more like a industry journal, the dry and boring ones), and why Smashing Magazine never won my favor to begin with. They may be great references to the latest tools and trends in the industry, but they are simply lacking the personal touch. In Andy Clarke’s posts, on the other hand, I see a passionate designer developer who’s into Planet of Apes, and I see a vulnerable person just like myself who’s wary of new stuff like Node.js and who’s anal over typography. From Joel Spolsky, the blogger of Joel on Software, I learned so much about software development and recruitment and even investment into the right chairs. Joel has strong opinions about a lot of things in the industry, from hiring the best developers to how to measure the effectiveness of a team, and that’s what makes him unique. If the above tips have come in a dry “10 Rules on Better Software Development” article written by someone with less personality, I wouldn’t have read a single word.
And when bloggers like Andrew and Joel stopped updating their blogs (presumably because they’re too busy with their successful careers), readers like myself are naturally bummed. Can’t anyone else fill the gap?
When in Doubt, Step Forward.
And then Mark’s post came to mind, and I realized, that maybe, instead of waiting for some other bloggers to come in and fill the void, I can step up and contribute something. So many years I’ve been taking from generous people like Andrew Clarke and Joel, it’s probably time I give back. If we want the Web to stay amazing, then we need to do our part. I’ll clearly not be able to be another Joel or Andrew, but I can certainly be myself.
It also helped that a while back, a young friend asked me for some career advice. That’s when I remember, that yes, when I was a student, I had similar doubts about my career path and future. Now that I’m a somewhat experienced professional, I’m sure I’ll be able to give some advice and perhaps even provide inspiration to others.
And that’s how this blog began.
This Ain’t (Exactly) a Tech Blog.
When it comes to the latest information about web technologies, there are so many amazing resources out there I won’t even try competing. Instead, my goal to this blog is to keep it totally personal, totally opinionated, somewhat random, and completely unapologetic. I’m going to write about my web design and development processes and my thoughts about the industry, and then cross my fingers and hope that you can learn something from my perspective. I’m also going to insert random posts on a few things I am passionate about, from modern art to writing fictions to cinema and even (!) relationships.
In short, this blog is personal, and I intend to keep it that way. I hope you’ll like it nonetheless. Cheers.