I have just had my first cup of the coffee for the day. Oh! what a moment it was. An interesting post just popped up in my RSS feed that touches on a topic that I’ve wanted to discuss for a while, but that I have resisted mentioning. I want to talk about being myself on this blog. You can read the original post by Rubenerd that inspired me on his blog.
A person commented on how my blog seems so… like a blog. I didn’t take this to mean much at the time. It was a compliment, I knew that much. When I think about it more, that compliment means so much to me. It means that I’ve been able to stay true to myself, even when, at times, I struggle to do so.
When I write on this blog, I feel a pressure to write about software. There. I admit it. I’m not going to cover it up any more. I feel somewhat tempted to add this in the footer of every post I wrote. Sometimes, I feel like I have to write about code. I think it’s because I see so many other people do it.
I follow a lot of technical blogs. I like reading about code and technology. That rubs off on me. I sometimes think that I need to do what other people do. I need to have ten plates spinning at once otherwise I’m not doing as much as I could be and that, for some reason, I am failing.
Well, that’s not the case. I am going to set myself a challenge. I am going to write more about just me and my life. Now that I say this out loud (well, write this down in a markdown editor), it sounds like an interesting challenge. I want to share more about what it is that I do outside of just thinking about tech.
I shut down my micropub server. I shut down my weather station. They were all interesting projects. I feel as though I sometimes learn best through failed projects. I succeeded in building the project. I just forgot about the part where I should only build stuff that I really want to see in the world. I regret nothing about those projects.
Anyway, what made me think about this was a comment that Rubenerd shared in his post:
I really wish we didn’t put so much pressure to be professional and serious all the time. Working takes up 1/3 of my life currently and I can’t actually be my self. Another third is sleeping. So for only 1/3 of my time I can actually act like my self.
I feel somewhat like a cliche for writing about this. I’ve avoided this topic because, in my mind, I’ve thought that it is not “hip” or cool or whatever to talk about non-tech stuff. Well, guess what, tech is only a bit of my life. I own two cats. I’ve never blogged about them. I’m sure they do not mind because, as far as I know, they cannot access the internet. Although I do have a suspicion that cats can read minds. I’ve never shared that with anyone until now.
Yeah, I’m going to try and be a bit less serious. Here’s to being a bit less serious. It’s been a serious year full of serious business. I deal with enough serious business just listening to speculation about what’s going on in the world which, as hard as I try to avoid, is never far away.