I spent much of the first half of the this month plugging away at what was my first sizeable piece of technical writing, my previous post on using Terraform to set up a new Hugo website on AWS. It took much longer to write than I originally anticipated, and the longer the post remained unfinished, the harder it became to continue working on it. While a piece of writing taking longer than originally anticipated or intended is not really a problem in and of itself, I found that the unfinished state of the post acted as a blocker preventing me from writing regularly, which in the context of my overall goal to improve my writing skills, is indeed a problem.
Background Static generated blogs have seen a surge in popularity over the past few years, as a more cost effective and scalable alternative to traditional publishing platforms such as WordPress. A big reason contributing to why it took me so long to actually start writing online was uncertainty about the publishing medium I should use. Ghost appealed to me for a while, but it felt like overkill for what I wanted to achieve.
For as far back as I can remember, I have never taken a cold shower. If ever hot water has not been available when I wanted to take a shower, I have gone without showering until hot water was available again. As it stands, my current morning routine looks something like this: Wake up Make bed Take supplements Exercise Shower Study Write Read Go to work The activities in my morning routine can roughly be divided into pre-shower and post-shower activities.
Over the weekend it was decided that this year’s wedding anniversary would be celebrated somewhere in Italy. It has been a long time since I last had any extended exposure to Romance languages. My French and Spanish are still fairly strong, though I rarely have the chance to speak either at any great length these days. I’ve flirted with the idea of learning Italian many times over the years, though I have always ended up deciding not to.