What I Learned from Holidailies

Holidailies 2007 badgeThis is my penultimate entry for Holidailies 2007. The goal was a month of daily blogging and I'm on track to achieve that (for the first time in my many years of Holidailies participation).

I've learned a couple things from this exercise.

The first thing I learned is that I'm not as interesting as I thought I was. But, then again, who is?

Although I've had a handful of posts over the past month where I think I've had something pretty valuable to say (such as the Socialized Football and Time Warner Rate Increase posts), the blather ratio was higher than I'd have hoped.

Part of the problem is that I'd intended to write on things that came out of interesting December projects, but I didn't have many of those. I didn't take much time off from work, and I spent that little free time on family stuff not projects.

The few projects I did led to some interesting results. The posts on benchmarking SATA controllers and Linux RAID had some very valuable information. I wish I'd had time to do more projects so I could have done more posts like those.

The other thing I've learned is that good writing is hard for me. I had thought that after a month of daily writing the chore would be easier, but it isn't. I already do quite a bit of writing in various personal and professional ways, so maybe the daily writing didn't do much for me. I've probably fallen as far down that learning curve as I'm going to go.

I do feel some satisfaction in meeting the post-a-day goal, and I like some of the things I did. I'm not not, however, satisfied with the overall quality. Before I participate again next year, I'd want to spend some time thinking about a strategy to address that—and if I'm willing to put in the time and effort to do that.