There was a time I thought about how to change my life. A lot of things changed in my life but I needed to adapt somehow. I also wasn't very happy with how I used my time and needed a purpose in my life. I started writing blog posts daily (on Medium back then - see my archive of many old Medium articles here). Today I finally read an article, which I wanted to read for a long time.
I sometimes write articles. On this blog. On my German blog. Not long time ago, I used to write on Medium. I already spent hours and hours of writing. After writing and publishing something new, I usually share it on social media. My fediverse account and Twitter most often too. But sometimes I am thinking: Is there just anyone getting some worth out of my posts? Is there someone who would even visit and read articles, if I don't spam my followers on social media?
I recently got a new (refurbished) notebook and already wrote a post about that, but this time, I would like to focus on my software setup. What programs do I use for developing? What do I use for writing? And what is my favorite web browser? But first let's start with the Operating System: Operating System: Solus I love Linux and I'm already on the Linux site for a few years.
When you're writing just to publish your thoughts, when you aren't forced to cover specific topics, when you're totally free about each post, it may happen often, that you start but also delete many drafts. I often have ideas. Sometimes I think my ideas are great, so I start to write them down. But then I get interrupted or I rethink about my thoughts and come to the conclusion, that they aren't as good as I was thinking before.
When you're on the go quite often (at university during the week or with the family during the weekends), it's actually quite difficult to use the spare time you have for writing blog posts instead of fixing bugs or coding new features for your favorite project. That's why I recently built the habit of writing most of my posts on the go. But how? For my cheap Amazon Fire 7 Tablet I bought a case with a Bluetooth keyboard, which I can also take out of the case and connect it with my smartphone.
Writing posts, especially when you just write for the sake of publishing a post, can be really painful. You tensely try to come up with an idea, then you start typing but have to think about every second word. Another bad addition to this is, when you aren’t native English speaker, so you use a translation site and copy every translated sentence over to your editor… It’s like building something, but you directly know it’s bad.