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Has it Been a Month Already?
I've been blogging for one month, now, and I have a few key learnings (am I allowed to say that?) to share.
Key Learning #1: Searching for links is very time consuming.
Several times during the month I spent lots of time doing web searches to find corroborating news articles for my posts. It's much more difficult to find useful news articles than I anticipated. Maybe I'm not searching the right way, or maybe I should reduce my linking — does anybody follow links, anyway? :)
Key Learning #2: My personal schedule restricts when I blog.
I have piano lessons Wednesday nights, so it will be unusual for me to post on a Wednesday. Thursdays will be uncommon too, because I'm usually tired from working all week. Weekends are clearly the best time for me to write, because I'm not a very fast writer and I need the extra time to be thorough.
Key Learning #3: Creating your own blogging software is a lot of work.
I've been tweaking my scripts all month, and they're functional but not polished. I don't regret the decision to write my own (hey, programming is fun!) but I underestimated the complementary work: Reading HTML/CSS specs, compensating for different browsers, etc.
Key Learning #4: Blogging is fun.
I'm still new at this and the novelty hasn't worn off. I'm thrilled to get e-mail from readers, and cross-blog pollination is great.
Key Learning #5: I'm still a procrastinator.
All my life I've been able to get away with doing things at the last minute. With a blog, there's no deadline, so the last minute never arrives. :) I still haven't completed the links box on the right side of each page, I still haven't posted my work-in-progress essay about monopolistic restriction of supplies, and (shamefully) I still haven't begun an essay about globalization — the opportunity to publish something about globalization was one of my major motivations to start blogging. I also haven't posted anything in the Technical Articles section, despite the material just needing some basic polish.