Becoming a True Blogger


This is my 100th post! Thank you for bearing with me and I hope you've enjoyed as much as I did this journey that has started as a dogfooding experiment on January 12th of this year. I've tried blogging several times before, but all my past attempts at blogging died out after initial enthusiasm faded away. What made me persevere at blogging this time is that I've managed to find all four main ingredients of a successful blogging practice: ideology, gratification, routine, and inspiration. Your blog is a reflection of your personality. A desire to present yourself in the best possible light is therefore a natural reaction to the public exposure brought about by blogging. But a quest for perfection is the single biggest source of unfinished drafts. Once I overcome the ideological issue of striving for perfection, a more modest goal of good enough but regular posts become reachable.

I could not reach this milestone without gratification brought to me by my coworkers who are my most loyal readers. I write this blog mostly for them. I like to think about this blog as an internal communication channel of Zemanta's engineering team that has become externalized so that also fellow engineers at other startups and software development teams can learn from our experience (and who will hopefully start commenting more, so that we can learn from their expertise, too).

As far as routine is concerned, I'm a prototypical geek. Once I got my routine worked out, I stick to it in almost religious manner. I write a post every workday while drinking my morning coffee. I try to spend no more than 30 minutes writing a post and I get really nervous if the post is not wrapped up by 9am.

This blog was kickstarted by an experimental Zemanta project called BlogSpire. Receiving a daily email with 10 stories about software engineering in startups, provided inspiration for the most of initial posts and still serves as a morning blogging kick. Had has said at his recent visit to Zemanta, that you become a true blogger once your start doing things just to be able to blog about them later. I wonder if I might be there already...

If this post got you thinking about becoming a blogger yourself, remember what Lao-tzu said almost three millennia ago, "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." So register for your daily dose of inspiration here and start writing!