One of the inspirations for creating this blog was John Sonmez of https://simpleprogrammer.com.
I’ve been randomly watching John Sonmez’s videos on YouTube every now and then and have always enjoyed his videos. When I was stopping by Maryland for a month or two, I realized I had his book Soft Skills in my bookshelf and due to sheer boredom one day, cracked it open and began reading it.
One section in the book that was intriguing was on how to market yourself as a software developer and how blogging was one of the best ways to do this. I’ve always thought that blogging was a waste of time and found that I had difficulty maintaining any sort of consistency with it. One of the things the he mentioned was that you have to take a long term view when it comes to blogging. It’s actually hard to find an unsuccessful blog that’s been consistently maintained for 4 – 5 years. I thought he had a valid point so…
I signed up for John Sonmez’s “How to Create a Blog” course mostly to give myself mandatory homework to do and keep myself accountable. The course is emailed to your inbox with tasks to complete and is an easy way to keep track and be accountable throughout the blog creation process. It gives tips on what to write about, which blog platforms to choose (hint: WordPress), how to host your blog, what themes to choose, how to niche yourself, and etc. Well, this blog is the result of the course and I’ll be writing in it twice a week in 2017. The topics I’ll be focusing on are 1) Android development and 2) Remote/Nomadic software development.
If you’re interested, the link to the course is https://simpleprogrammer.com/blog-course. Off to filling this blog with at least 100 posts by the end of 2017!