Posts Tagged ‘writing’

Finding topic to write about

July 14, 2013 Leave a comment
I couldn’t find a topic to blog about, therefore writing a blog on “finding topic to write about” seems about perfect. Irony, yeah, tell me.

I decided to write 4 blogs per week to be more involved in writing. Even if I force myself to write atleast one hour daily to meet this target, it turns out, finding something to write about has been the major reason to miss this writing target. Its not that I didn’t anticipate this. I had decided I’d try to write more about general things and my opinion, and I’d write about technical stuff whenever I run short on writing topic. How hard it could be to come up with a technical thing to write, right? 
Writing about technical stuff is easy and when you do programming for living, it shouldn’t be hard to write about any problem that you faced or your opinion on a particular design/coding practice. But there are two issues that makes me having second thought about it.
Very short post
The easiest to write technical posts have the structure of problem and solution. I’d write about some problem (that I faced) and a solution that I either found by myself or through SO. Usually, both these components can be finished in a couple of sentences. It doesn’t feel good to write about this.
The other problem is I end up spending less time on writing and more time on inserting code snippets, adding screen shots, and other formatting tasks. This is made worse by wordpress and my current theme. The  published post always look different from the view that I get in  WYSWYG (what you see is what you get) editor.

From amateur to professional

June 29, 2013 Leave a comment

Over the last couple of months, I have been reading a lot about making myself more productive. I do lots of readings, collect all the points and promise myself to follow all of them. Quite often, either I forget to keep these points in mind or even if I remember, its just too much work to act on them.

I came across this blog titled the difference between professionals and amateurs  during one of my random explorations. The idea described in this immediately struck a chord with me and I realized I had experienced the same thing. I started gymming 5 months back. I was too skinny and was fed up with my sedentary lifestyle. I don’t know which of these motivated me more to join at that time. Afterwards, every day I had to struggle to make up my mind to go and very little progress also didn’t do much help in that. But I kept going, never missed a single day except for unavoidable circumstances. And that made all the difference. Every day that I showed up at the gym even when I didn’t feel like working out, I never regretted that decision. After two months even my body showed signs of progress. There was no reason to quit. These days, after 5 months, it has become much easier to keep this habit. So, that worked out okay for me.

Why not try this to become pro in other fields. I have always wanted to become good at writing. I usually read a lot but that is not consistent. I started writing blog a couple of times before but procastination won every single time. The problem was I tried writing whenever I “felt like”. This time I am trying to do this the “gym way”.

I’ll start with target of writing 4 blogs per week (2 on weekdays, 2 on weekend). I’ll not be too hard on myself and will write about anything from programming post to any abstract idea/opinion. Time to get started.  You don’t have to be too smart to excel at something.