Sometimes the world moves too fast for me. There’s Twitter here, Facebook there, a great article opened in a browser tab and 138 unread Slack messages in another tab.
I write to reflect
I wanted a way to calm down and re-evaluate my experiences. To remember, reflect and share those experiences.
A place to write some of my thoughts down, rather than having them overwritten by the next pointless social media or news interaction I’m about to do. In other words: to remember. Because the information queue of my brain is overflowing constantly. I write to give something back.
All throughout my studies at two different universities i heavily relied on the power of the internet: infinite knowledge at your fingertips.
Ten years ago, the world wide web seemed less structured than today. Regional social networks dominated, with Facebook being something “only Americans use”. Most of the knowledge i utilized was found on personal blogs or websites. It was information that was shared with the purpose of being useful to some possible audience, written and published in an age where hosting a blog took a tid bit more effort than creating a Medium account. I’m very thankful for that and hope to give something back by sharing my lessons learned with a public audience.
When I started this project a co-worker at the company I worked for back then immediately questioned the value of such a thing.
If you blog your knowledge, your personal experience and especially your professional learnings, wouldn’t that lower professional and / or personal value?
Well, first of all, I don’t believe that myself blogging about how i fight my smartphone addiction lowers my “personal value” in any way.
Second, I strongly believe that sharing information and learning from each other is the only way to advance. It’s not just the information we carry in our brain that increases a humans “professional worth” — it’s about how we utilize this information, solve problems with it, and how we use this information to achieve our goals.
No one is going to hire me because I know how I can subclass UINavigationController to efficiently implement a great ViewController transition. People hire us programmers not just because we know stuff like that, but rather because know how, when and where it’s best to use it.
Sharing information on a blog is one thing — knowing how to use and prioritize this information in the current situation is an entirely different story.
I write for myself
It’s a lot of fun and greatly improves my English skills.
Plus it’s putting a spotlight on stuff I want to remember that much that I decided to share it with a larger audience.
And at last, it’s a great way to archive knowledge.