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30/01/2021

2021/01/30#p1
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After reworking the blog to a "daily" scheme in 2017 I added a note that I will normally not post on weekends. This showed when there was no posts yet on each of those days. There was a time that I deliberately wanted to keep Saturday and Sunday largely digitally free. I wanted to avoid the pressure of posting something every day but, over time, my position shifted to just wanting to post something whenever it came to me.

Why wait until Monday?

"I will normally not" changed to the current "I will often not" as I embraced the flexibility to write whenever the urge arose. Fair enough.

Now, however, I am firmly back in the habit of posting every day so I am debating with myself about treating weekends just like other days during the week.

My journalling streak is up to 47 days — of just me talking to myself and making notes — and I think this, combined with working on the new system, has reinvigorated my approach. Looking back, the last time I didn't post anything was December 10th. A pretty good run.

Between then and now there has been a lot of work on the Garden and the Journal (as well as the new blog) and I am well aware that a lot of posts have been incredibly meta. I get moments when I think I should be posting about other things but this is a personal blog and building them is what I have been up to so why not?

Lockdown has obviously been instrumental in limiting my options, we haven't been able to get out and do different things, but there are still topics to write about. Working on the site just happens to be one of them.

But I digress.

The original note on any day said "sorry" for there being no posts almost as though I owed readers something and was failing by not writing. Ridiculous! Still, that's the type of pressure I used to put myself under. It's self-induced pressure like that which caused me to take breaks and drop the blog altogether, sometimes for many months. But not any more.

On my /now page (while it was still updated) I wrote "Enjoying blogging again." and that has never been more true since building my own system. The connection between creating the site and then being able to use it to post is a deep one. I enjoyed blogging before but the sense of satisfaction achieved from that connection is truly palpable.

This is all a very long winded way of saying that I am removing the note at weekends. No apologies, no explanations. If I post I post, if not so what?

It really doesn't matter.

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peterimoore replied:

@colinwalker This seems to be the biggest benefit and idea behind microblogging; the removal of friction and rules around posting. I’ve followed quite a few regular style blogs that I enjoyed, but fell by the wayside as they always had the mindset of needing a substantial post.

colinwalker replied:

@peterimoore I fell into the "everything's an essay" trap for a few years but not any more.

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2021/01/30#p2
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This interview (on BBC Sounds) with Ethan Kross — author of "Chatter: The Voice in our head, why it matters and how to harness it" — was a very interesting listen.

Chatter by Ethan Kross

I think this is going to be another book on my wishlist.

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strandlines replied:

@colinwalker I heard about this book recently and thought it might be one to read. Thanks for the link - I shall have a listen.

strandlines replied:

@colinwalker ah yes 😀, I have listened to a few other episodes. I particularly enjoyed an interview with Alex Honnold.

colinwalker replied:

@strandlines Stumbled across it by accident. It's usually a sports podcast apparently so they have to reframe a little 😉

colinwalker replied:

@strandlines Looking back I see there's also an episode with Ryan Holiday. Will have to check that out.

peterimoore replied:

@colinwalker Great book share, thanks Colin! I’m putting this one next up to read once I’m done my current set. As someone with anxiety this seems right up my alley.

ridwan replied:

@colinwalker Thanks for the reco. I have added it to my playlist.

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2021/01/30#p3
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For at least 18 months I've been using Icode-go, an integrated code editor/IDE/FTP app, on my phone but have recently noticed it's been removed from the Play Store. It looks like the developer is no longer supporting it. An older version is still available for download from Aptoide but I don't really want to go that route if anything happens to my phone.

With that in mind, I've installed the free version of Acode for testing. All I need is something to edit pages with decent syntax highlighting and an in-built FTP client so this looks like a viable alternative.

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2021/01/30#p4
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Look at me being all organised — putting my images in a folder and tidying up the CSS into named sections. Who am I and what have I done with Colin?

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