Update – July 10th 2018

I’ve been terrible at keeping up the blog lately. For those of you who followed me through my journey as a software developer so far – I’m sorry. I still have ambitions to continue posting development/tech articles, and other educational content, but I figure I owe a lot of my readers a very overdue update.

So what’s been up with me anyway? Well, a lot! Since the last article I published mid-to-late last year I tried to start a YouTube channel which fell flat on its face when I changed jobs, then bought a house, moved, my wife’s lawsuit came to an end after 8+ years since her accident and my son finished his first year of school, I stopped attending UoPeople and all sorts of other events which aren’t all worth mentioning here.

I don’t mean to make excuses for my lack of blogging the past 7ish months… but man have I been overwhelmed! Until more recently I’ve been feeling so burnt out and lethargic by the time my son’s bedtime rolls around that I haven’t had many creative juices left in me. Most nights over the past half year were spent reading or watching videos – mostly related to my career.

I find it a lot easier to passively absorb ideas and opinions than to sit down at the computer and write down my own. So that’s pretty much what I’ve been doing.

That being said, the last month and a half I’ve done a lot to change my energy levels. I started exercising more regularly for one. I started intermittent fasting (for those who don’t know what that is, then check out this video on YouTube) which has dramatically increased my energy levels in the morning and has made a huge impact on my quality of sleep at night too. I also started biking to work at least once a week, sometimes twice (working my way up to three).

Now that I’m starting to feel like a regular human being again, I’m realizing that I’ve experienced an insane amount of growth as a software developer over the last year and I’ve completely failed to share the things I’ve been learning.

For those of you who have stayed with this blog, you know that one of my core values as a developer is to always be sharing what you learn along the way. Not only does it help others out who might be encountering the same problems you just solved, it also offers an amazing way of solidifying what you just learned.

The concepts and ideas that I’ve written about are far more difficult to forget than the ones I’ve only read about. It’s not until you’ve tried explaining what you think you know to someone else that you truly understand anything.

So for the time being, I’m not going to be trying to stick to any strict schedule or anything like that. I really just need to figure out how to get back into the swing of publishing more regularly and that could mean as little as once or twice a month.

One of the updates worth spending a bit more time on is the fact that I stopped attending UoPeople. I did build a significant piece of this platform on the premise of being a UoPeople student after all!

So why did I leave? Well, because I was tired as fuck. Plain and simple as that.

I’ve pushed myself so hard the last few years to gain any amount of traction in my life which involved balancing my school, personal studies to get ahead in my career as well as working full-time developer jobs on top of being a husband, father and at times a caretaker for my wife.

I got to a point where I didn’t have the capacity to balance everything and school started to feel like it was taking away from my ability to better my self as a developer. So I quit. At least, for now.

I would love to finish my degree one day. Mostly for the sake of pride to be honest. It’s not the greatest feeling to give up on something that I tried so hard and got so far, but in the end, it doesn’t really matter. Sorry… that last sentence didn’t make total sense because Linken Park started playing in my head. But I think you know what I mean 🙂

One day I want to finish what I started, but for now, it just makes a lot more sense to focus on developing myself as a person and a professional outside of an educational institution. At this point in my career, a degree wouldn’t help me accomplish any of my goals or help me earn any more money. So for now, it’s on hold.

I’m glad to see the stats showing that a lot of people still come to this blog. It’s been a source of depression for me because I feel bad about not publishing more content to keep those readers engaged. But it’s also encouraging now that I’m less lethargic and thinking about getting back into writing more regularly again.

Thanks for reading! I’ll have more to share soon.

Cheers,

Dan

 

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