Let’s be bloggers

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A few days ago Ash Furrow told me to get back into blogging. He really did. Kind of. My blog doesn’t do footnotes, which is a bit unfortunate. If my blog supported footnotes, I could put one right here. In that footnote I could hide the unimportant detail that Ash Furrow did in fact tell a whole crowd to get into blogging, the crowd at UIKonf that I just happened to be a tiny part of. But I don’t have footnotes and while I could have gone ahead and implemented footnotes, I would have been back in my old pattern where I’d spend lots of time updating or rewriting my blog engine and only little time blogging. And that was not what the talk was about. So I decided not to do it, and no, Ash Furrow wasn’t specifically interested in my writing, but was rather pointing out that blogging was a useful thing for any developer to do. Fine. Still. I thought the talk was really inspiring, and since I had this unused blog lying around anyway, I thought I might as well go ahead and write something.

So let’s see. Quite a few things have changed since my last few blog posts. I do even less web development these days and concentrate solely on iOS and Mac development, mostly Swift (and some legacy Objective-C stuff if I can’t avoid it). I have been writing at least two apps from the ground up for my current employer, contributed to a third and I am about to finish another one in (hopefully) just a few weeks. So the last two years have been extremely busy and full of learning and struggling with architecture and best practices and all of the stuff that engineers like to do. So attending UIKonf made me realize two things:

  • There are a lot of people out there trying to figure out all the same problems and many of the things that they end up with are often really similar to the things that I ended up using
  • Consuming what they have to share has been working out pretty well, so maybe I should return the favor and share my own struggles and findings. After all it seems to be a really nice community to be a part of.

After figuring out how to do something in a clever way, my first impulse has usually been to be content with things working well and skipping the sharing part. Maybe I can fight that impulse.

We’ll also see, how well writing in English will work out, but that’s a whole other topic.

Anyway, meta blogging posts are boring. I don’t like reading them so I’ll stop writing one.