Archive for August, 2007

Tuning my writing expectations

I have a writers block. After a couple of blog posts I have a writers block. Isn’t it just sad.

Well, it’s just partially true. I’m not out of ideas or drafts, I have several 90% there. But I’m reluctant to finish and publish them, I’ve come down with what I think is a serious lapse of self confidence.

The last months I’ve been reading up on a lot of .NET related issues. I have found great blogs, written by people I think is the front figures in today’s .NET world (you can see them in my blog roll). These have inspired me to share what I know and to start my own blog, but now I’m being discouraged by the same people because I can’t write like them (yet)!

For a blog to be interesting, the person writing it must know what to write about or how to write about it. If the person knows their way around both issues, you have a blog superstar.

Jeff “Coding Horror” Atwood is one of those superstars, and he recently wrote a blog post about how you shouldn’t be a commodity blogger. I’m certainly not an expert in any field, nor am I a wizard with words, so where do I start?

Atwood says it in the end, it takes an effort. Another superstar and a personal favorite of mine is Joel Spolsky, and from this article I quote:

Writing is a muscle. The more you write, the more you’ll be able to write.

Because if I want to get better, I have to practice. Practice makes perfect is an old proverb that certainly fits the bill. And to practice I have to write this blog, even though it still is a commodity.

The main problem is to live up to expectations, my expectations.

I’m putting myself out there, no filter applied, and I’ll try to speak my mind. I’ll have to face my fears.

And for the rest of you trying to blog about something, Chris Garrett gives us a pat on the back with this post.

Phew… It helped writing this. Maybe one of the other below average posts will reach the public as well after this.

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