I try to write weekly posts that share a bit about what happened in my week.
I’m writing this from a coffee shop. It’s the first time I’ve sat inside one since the pandemic started. I spent several mornings at a coffee shop writing Morning Pages before the pandemic. When you go regularly like that, you get to know the regulars and be known as a regular. They stop asking your name when you place your order. You get to know the staff and the regulars like it’s a little community.
It’s fall now. We have about 10-15 huge trees that are pouring out a steady stream of leaves into our yard. The leaves are beautiful to look at while they’re changing colors and still in the trees. But when they come down, they turn into a sloppy mess. I’ve been coding a lot lately, for experimenting, for building tools for work, and for my own tinkering. Friday, I wrote a Python library for fun called zzip that’s useful for traversing over data and making immutable changes.
I’m writing this again using GitHub Codespaces. I got Hugo working to be able to serve up the local server by setting up port forwarding for port 1313. Port forwarding is a feature in Codespaces, so it’s just a few clicks. Then I provided Hugo with the URL Codespaces created and told it to not append the port. It works, but LiveReload doesn’t because of some protocol issues. I’ll dig more into that later.
Our youngest kid had a birthday. It was a week full of unicorns, pizza, and cake. I created a landing page for my book. However, I think I’m going to move it away from the dedicated domain to this one. I’ve been reading This is Marketing by Seth Godin. I enjoy the way he writes. I’ve been tinkering with an idea. I’m thinking of adding a notes section on this site for shorter writing.
I’m coming down this week after a book release last Thursday. I didn’t realize how much different a book would be than a blog post. I know they’re different—obviously—but finalizing a PDF that people would download had a new level of finality to it. Lots of times with blog posts I fix things after I publish them. That’s not possible with a PDF. Once you put it out there, it’s out there.
It’s already October? This last part of the year always flies by for me. It’s so busy with holidays and birthday. I do love Fall weather, though, which we’re getting a glimpse of now. I didn’t write a weeknote for last week. I was too busy! First, I released my book API by Design. I’ve been researching the topic for several months and writing the content for a couple of them.
This week I opened up preordering for my book API by Design. This has dominated my time outside my normal working hours. I’ve had a lot of fun writing it. It’s been enjoyable taking ideas I’d been working on for a long time and trying to package them up to share with others. This takes a lot of time and work. And help from others. I’ve enjoyed this ebook format for writing.
I’ve been writing a lot these past few weeks. I’m excited to say I finished the first draft of a book I’ve been working on. It’s a shorter one, but I wanted it to be short. I hope to have a pre-order up soon for it along with more information on what it’s about. It’s about dealing with complexity in API design. On writing and editing I’ve been using my Remarkable 2 for writing.
I’m experimenting with an idea. I bought a Mac Mini M1 early this year, but I’ve wanted to have something I could use away from my desk. I considered getting a new Mac laptop to replace my 2014 one that’s in need of a new battery. I also considered getting an iPad with a keyboard. But I decided to try out a Chromebook. There are lots of things I’m not thrilled about with a Chromebook.
This is my sixth weeknote in a row that I’ve published without publishing a regular post. I’m OK with it. I’m writing a lot, personally and for work, so I’m keeping the habits, just not on here. I’m fortunate to be working with companies right now that put a high value on writing and ask me to spend a big part of my time doing it for them. Consuming too much I read a tweet recently that got me thinking about the amount of content I consume in a week.