Forcing it 👨💻
I was forcing myself to write today, but why? I certainly didn’t commit to writing every day in my second article of the year, “I’m going to write more - for a bit”, but it’s becoming a habit, and I’ve been enjoying it so far.
I thought this might happen at some point. I don’t want to write today but I’m sure if I start, by the end of this article I’ll have come round to the idea, and I’ll be rambling on about something entirely different than I’m thinking about right now.👥
Why I write
I’m a firm believer in writing for myself - notes, reminders, tutorials for future me. Diary-like entries about what I’ve been up to and how I felt about it. Getting down in public what I want to achieve for accountability.
That’s why I do this.💁🏼
For my friends
That’s why I do this.😃
For my peers
I believe that if it helps just one other person then it’s been worth getting it down on the page or in a talk.
In 2018 presented at a front-end web development conference in Sheffield and afterwards, someone came up to tell me that they’d followed a tutorial I wrote in an article, and it had directly contributed to them getting a promotion.
Years later, another developer came up to me at an event of 100’s of people, bought me a beer, and told me that the talk I gave at that conference helped him in his job too.
That’s why I do this (not the beer).🎉
Why you should write too
You do have something worth saying - writing can help banish imposter syndrome.
If it inspires one other person, it’s worth doing.
Go ahead and write something. Let me know. I’ll read it.