This is my 100th post! 33 posts (one third 😮) of those were written in 2021. And it’s only the beginning of May 🙂

I’ve tried and failed at blogging several times before, changed platform, and failed again. But this time I have managed to keep it going, at least so far, since I migrated back to Hugo in January.

I’m still migrating content from my old wiki, and have about 25 posts left. I’ve built and documented my electronics projects since 2006, so it’s nice to have all that history in one place — this blog.

This time I’ve really invested myself into the writing process. Learning what makes me a better writer, and what workflows works the best for me. Below are some things I’ve observed.

Write for yourself

Sometimes I feel like writing is a waste of my time. Time I could use for other projects — more valuable things. But that isn’t true, writing makes me think, helps me better understand the things I do — and write about.

If you think you understand something, explain it in writing. In simple terms.

It also motivates me to complete projects, so that I can write about it.

Focus on the content

Don’t let the platform or technology get in your way. It’s easy to get lost fiddling with trivial details, or implementing obscure features that you may never need. Start simple — add only what you need, the rest can wait.

The longer you wait; the better position you will be in to understand what featured you actually need.

Make it easy

Reduce the friction of writing. Make a system where your drafts and notes are always available — on all your devices, always in sync. I use SyncThing to keep the notes folder on my laptops, desktops and phone synchronized.

If you can — instead of making a note to write about something later, write about it now. Don’t stack up writing debt.

I do my best writing early in the day, when I am rested and haven’t had all day to fill my head with thoughts.

It might be tempting to write complicated, or sophisticated. Fight that urge, instead write it as simple as you can.

Let it flow

When writing the first draft; let it flow. Don’t think too much, just write. Focus on getting the thoughts out of your head, into written form. You can go back and fix it later.

I like to leave my drafts overnight, and read though them the next morning — with a rested and clear mind.

Keep it simple

  • perfection is the enemy of progress
  • a blog post is not a book
  • don’t think too long about a subject, start writing about it

Ending thoughts

I can’t make the day longer, or free up more time. I have obligations with my family, and other projects that require attention. To write more; I need to write faster and more efficient.

I expect my brain to resist writing, that makes it easier to power through and get started.

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