Anyone who has tried to maintain a blog for awhile knows that the marathon of writing and focus needed to keep a blog fresh requires a great deal of sustained effort. Even so, six months between blog posts is a bit much. So I’m working on changing that. (Note, there are other posts on the blog from less than six months ago, but that’s because I’ve back posted some older articles.)
I’ve been working on improving my blog, which runs on the Jekyll static engine, by modifying the So Simple theme that it uses to do more of what I want and moving it from free hosting as a Github project to a running in a Docker container on Digital Ocean.
Part of my reason for taking on the task is to automate as much of the process as possible as I push toward incorporating a DevOps mentality into what I do. Once the automation is complete–and likely, by the time this blog is made public, it will be complete–it will make it far more likely that I keep up with the grind needed to keep the content fresh, because it takes out much of the day-to-day administration of getting posts posted.
I’ve always thought that writing was hard enough to do when you are getting paid for it. In reality, if you are not writing when you are not getting paid for it, then perhaps you should not be writing at all.
“A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.”
- Thomas Mann, Essays of Three Decades