Periodically, I review the content I’ve written over the last decade or so and am surprised to at some of the things I wrote about in the past (like My Day-to-Day). I also find it interesting that I stopped doing so. Then again, I likely exhausted that particular topic. At least for that time.
Specifically, I’m surprised that I used to write about such things despite the topics not really being relevant to what I consider my core content.
Personally, a lot has happened in the last, say, roughly five years alone – between changing jobs, growing the family moving, pursuing additional hobbies, and more – one of the things that’s taken a back seat is writing. Then again, though, isn’t that how it goes?
We have a finite number hours on how to spend our time and as that time gets allocated to other things, something gets squeezed out. And that’s what has happened with writing.
For a while, I felt guilty about it. Partially because writing daily was something that I enjoyed doing and that I did habitually. Partially because it had become such an habit that when I didn’t do it, I felt as if I was dropping the ball on something.
And though there’s truth in some of that (such as I miss writing every day), that doesn’t mean I’d trade out some of the things I’m doing that occupy that time now. Some of it’s related to my day-to-day work, some of it’s related to my family, and some of it’s related to other hobbies.
Over the holidays (and as I’m trying this, I realize I didn’t write a short Christmas post for this year which is likely the first time since I can remember not doing that), I had time to think about a lot different things some of which included both how I want to spend my time and how I currently spend my time.
Though I’m not one for setting resolutions, I’m for settings goals. And I was planning different goals for myself over the coming year, I couldn’t help but reflect a bit on this site.
Sure, the goals would be fun to share (and maybe I will in a future post – I always enjoy what other people are planning!), I found myself thinking a little bit about software development, WordPress, the WordPress economy, where things have been, and where things are headed.
But writing about WordPress in the age of AI especially as developer is proving its own set of challenges. Of all types of people, though, shouldn’t we be here to meet it?
And with the rise of popularity in AI, the more-or-less standardization of the Block Editor, and the upcoming changes to the administration area UI, there’s a lot that can be discussed and there will likely be a lot about which to write (either via commentary or tutorials on how to achieve something).
When thinking through that, though, I found myself remembering all of things about which I used to write that weren’t always dedicated to programming but were still dedicated to what I, as a remote developer working in software developer in WordPress, was doing.
Why did I stop doing that? And what’s to stop me from doing that again?
Just as I do think tools such as ChatGPT has wrecked some of the content I (and others) have historically written, it’s by no means a call to inaction – or a call to stop writing. It’s just a call to adjust and keep moving forward.
Though I don’t know if I’ll ever write daily again, I do think there’s plenty I can share that extends beyond:
So at the end of 2024, we’ll see how I’ve done. Here’s to a greater variety of content all the while still keeping the focus on the type of content about which I’ve historically written.