Well it’s been a long year since I’ve posted anything here.. but it’s not because I haven’t been writing. Between studying at Uni, and keeping a chatty (and super helpful) personal journal, I’ve written more words in the last year than any other time in my life.
But it’s just that I haven’t been writing publicly. And I feel like I want to do more of that in this season.
So here we are.
And let me start by talking about some of my private writing…
For the course of this year, each workday I’ve kept a “Developer Journal”. It’s really just a scrapbook of the things that I have worked on each day.
Sometimes it’s documenting weird Angular stuff, or something I’ve learned about PrimeNG. It can be something I learned about refactoring or something I’ve read or realised in leveling up my professional skillset.
But often it’s simply documenting how I solved some problem that I ran into (with links to interesting stuff I discovered when I was researching it). Kinda like a personal blog but without the overhead. And super easy to search in later when I know the error message, but not how I solved it :-)
I use Microsoft OneNote since I can update it from client sites using OneNote online, as well as on my phone and laptop and everything just syncs nicely.
It’s been tremendously helpful to me - like a personal knowledgebase. I remember having friends who’ve kept personal Wikis back in the day - this is my modern version of that. But it’s also been useful to remind me of all the cool stuff I get to work on - and how much progress I’ve made on the days where I simply feel like “I’ve just got nothing done today.”