100th Post

This is my 100th post on this blog. It is a milestone for someone like me, for several reasons. I’ve struggled for years to get the motivation to write, I’ve never been able to keep a blog going for longer than a couple of weeks and a handful of poor quality posts. This milestone is important for me as it signifies a change in my life in sharp contrast to how it used to be. My writing quality has improved to the extent that I’m actively looking for opportunities to write essay length posts as well as IT tutorials. I believe the very act of writing has motivated me to write more and steadily increased my writing ability. I can only hope that this continues to be the case in the future as I’m in this for the long haul and I intend to keep this blog going for as long as possible.

When I first started this blog I had the intention of following in the footsteps of one of my favourite authors John Scalzi. His blog Whatever is a testament to anyone wanting to run their own blog regardless of whether your blog’s topic is related to Johns in any way. I’ve read his blog for several years and always marvelled at how effortlessly he seems to be able to crank out blog posts, they just flow out like a torrent and I’ve yet to find a badly written one. May he continue to write and publish on his blog for many years to come.

I’d like to take all the credit for this blog and this milestone but if I did that I would be being unfair to all the people who have helped me along the way. When I say helped I don’t mean that they have written anything themselves as every word on here has been written by me, what I mean by this is all the book’s and blog posts I’ve read prior and during the life of this blog that have helped me in my endeavour to write and share my thoughts and technical knowledge with the world. One book in particular which I have mostly got through now and has helped me immeasurably is Technical Blogging – Pragmatic Bookshelf, Amazon US, UK. Without this book this blog would just be poorly written IT tutorials with screenshots. When I have finished reading the book completely I intend to provide a full review. I can not recommend that you buy this book strongly enough, the wisdom the author shares with the reader is priceless and it has provided me with an entire notepad of suggestions and ideas which I have already begun to use to improve this blog and my writing.

I shall leave you at this point and go off and look at what I’m going to write for my next 100, if you have any suggestions regarding writing resources you think I would enjoy reading, if you are writing something of your own which you are proud of or you have reached a major milestone yourself let me know in the comments or email me using the details found on my About page.

Jason Edwards