I had been reading other people’s technical blogs for quite a while before I decided to start my own blog. I always felt that I needed to start a blog but I didn’t necessarily knew how or what I would write about. In fact, even though my mind was filled with things I wanted to share with the world through my writing, I was literally failing at putting my words into action. That all changed when I found about John Sonmez and his http://simpleprogrammer.com blog. Reading John’s blog was like a breath of fresh air in a world shrouded with negativity, I found myself reading more and more of John’s posts which challenge my perspectives and essentially caused me to thoroughly evaluate my assumptions about technology, people, the software development industry and ultimately myself.
At the time I was also feeling a bit burned out by various situations and just life hitting me hard at times. So, just like every other software developer out there, I have a knack for wanting to solve my own problems. And since in my mind I saw this as a problem I needed to solve, I did what every other fellow geek would do: I googled for a solution to my problem. That’s when I found this video by John’ Sonmez about Dealing With Burnout. Once again, John’s advice had helped to change my perspective and it was in that moment that I decided to “push through the pain” and keep on going. Thus, I decided to sign up for John Sonmez’s blogging email course: http://devcareerboost.com/blog-course/ And I can honestly say it was among one of the best things that I have done for my life and career.
I usually keep my personal and professional life strictly separate, and for good reasons. However, I decided to give you, my dear reader, a tiny bit more background on where I was before I started my blog and where I am today so that it may serve some of you out there, whom like me, may be experiencing burn out for whatever reason. My advice to you is the same as John Sonmez: “push through the pain” and expect great things to happen to you. Life on this earth is short and we must do the best we can with the talents we are given. I truly believe that life is a new gift every morning, so therefore posting on this blog is a new gift every time I get to do it. I do it because I want to share what I am learning, I do it because I want to be a positive influence in the world of software development and security, I do it because I want to learn from you as much if not more as you might be able to learn from me, I do it because I would like to meet other like minded folks that are ‘pushing through the pain’ every day and finding new horizons to fly towards and summits to climb to; and ultimately I do it because the gift of freedom of expression and having a voice is a gift we often overlook in our every day lives.
Therefore if you are still on the fence about starting your own blog, or taking some kind of action in your life whatever it may be, I suggest you simply go ahead and take action because there is no time like today to get started. Take that first step and do it, do not ever look back. I can assure you that you will not regret it, I surely don’t regret starting my blog.
Until next time, keep ‘pushing through the pain’ and I will see you on the other side of the mountain. 🙂