Why I blog July 25, 2021 on obsolete29.com
I follow Chris Wiegman on Mastodon and he wrote a post about Building a Blogging Habit. I wanted to write about the differences between Chris's approach to blogging and my own.
Re: Stop worrying about the site design
First and foremost, I need to stop worrying about my actual site. In the past a single “off” link could send me off into a rabbit whole of code and tweaks. That means that, rather than writing a post, I’m writing the code for the site and never actually get to the content.
Oh boy, that quote from Chris really resonated deeply for me because I've also struggled with the inherit friction built into Eleventy, and I presume most static site generators. At some point, I'd love to feel like development on my site is done or is at some 1.0 version but there's always just one more thing I want to do.
I have spent some effort in trying to reduce the friction of making new posts. I think I'm at a pretty good spot atm in that regard.
Forgetting who your audience is, or even that you have one, can really kill any motivation to write. If this was a personal journal that might be different but it isn’t. I’m a teacher at heart and I enjoy scratching that itch through my writing.
That's it for now. Thanks for reading!