I hate writing. Really. I hate everything about it. Organizing my thoughts for an outline, rewriting, putting together a rough draft, rewriting, editing, rewriting, deleting content I spent hours putting together, rewriting... ugh. The whole process is stressful and it takes me way too long.
Why would I start a blog and voluntarily spend what little free time I have doing something I despise so much? Honestly, I'm not sure, but a lot of it boils down to this: I can't write clearly about a topic unless I think clearly about it, and I cannot understand the topic if I cannot think about it clearly. In other words, forcing myself to write about concepts I'm struggling with helps me understand them. I could just write about things and never publish them, but that eliminates the second benefit I get from writing--reading feedback from others. It's fair to say my Labview learning curve was reduced considerably due to the feedback I received on LAVA.
That's where you come in. I anticipate using this blog as a way to periodically unload the contents of my brain and expose them to the world. Your role is to critique them. My posts will usually be presented from the perspective of my worldview--that of a small integrator working for on projects for other businesses. Your worldview is likely different. Does your worldview reveal gaping holes in my reasoning? Let me know. Have I failed to consider alternative worldviews that render my conclusion invalid? Speak up, please. I want to identify and eliminate errors in the way I think, but I can't do that unless you are willing to point them out for me.
While writing up this introductory post prior to creating Brain Dump, I had this nagging thought in the back of my mind; do I really want to do this? When posting on LAVA or in the Actor Framework community, I can choose to post when the mood strikes me. Blogs are different. Do I want the pressure of keeping a blog up-to-date? Do I want to subject myself to the agony of writing every couple weeks?
No, I don't, but like Sisyphus, I must. Here's hoping my efforts are more productive than his.
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