I've now been blogging for about two months. In that time, I've written 19 posts or about 12,000 words. After my first month, I reviewed my progress and adjusted my plan for the future. Now it's time to do it again.
A shift in topics
There has been a big change in what I've been writing about this month. Most of my posts have been about non-programming stuff. I'm very happy to write about some personal stuff. However, I still want to write about programming. After all, the tag-line for this blog is supposed to be "A blog about programming".
In the future, I want a better spread of topics. I fear that by writing too much about personal topics, I risk not being interesting to readers.
A shift in writing habits
In my second month, I changed from three posts per week to two per week. I'm not sure how I feel about that. I ended up spending more time on each post. I think the quality of my writing has generally gone up because of that.
It's a complex trade off between writing more posts and spending longer on each post. According to the equal odds rule, each of my posts has an equal chance of having high impact. That means I should focus on creating more of them rather than spending longer on each one. However, two posts per week is still quite a lot and if I start rushing them too much, the quality will definitely suffer.
What I've been doing when I haven't been blogging
I've written a lot about myself this month. However, I have said nothing about what I've been doing when I haven't been blogging.
I'm still living at home with my parents. In the year before I started this blog, I was working on the professorp.co.uk website.
About two weeks after I started blogging, we found out that my Dad (author of the Professor P books) had to move out of his office. The plan was for him to take over my work room in the house and store the Professor P books in the garage. Unfortunately, we had a lifetime's worth of possessions around the house which needed to be sorted. I've spent much of the last six weeks sorting through and selling everything we didn't need. Stuff like furniture, books, toys and everything that my family has bought over the last 25+ years.
Oh, and we also won two croquet league finals. I haven't written about croquet yet but I definitely plan to. Here are links to newspaper articles for the Association Croquet South West Federation final and the Golf Croquet Handicap League final. Naturally, croquet matches and practice have taken up a lot of my time lately.
My goals for the future
Anyway, we have nearly finished sorting out the house and the croquet season has ended. That's going to leave me with a lot more free time. I've been thinking about it and there is only one thing I should be working on: getting a job.
I've been procrastinating for three years. Admittedly, I have done some incredibly valuable stuff in that time but still.
The power of public commitment is very strong. It's helped me stick to my blogging schedule, even when it's been hard. I now want to start writing about the process of getting a job.
A new schedule
Two posts per week has been fine but I'm going to try something different. I want to bring this blog back to the topic of programming. I also want to start writing about jobs and I also want to continue writing about personal things.
Starting Wednesday 15 October 2014, my new schedule will be:
- Mondays: A post about my job search
- Wednesdays: A post about programming
- Fridays: A post about whatever I like