Sunday, May 28, 2017

Public Journal?

I just updated my blog description and changed the name. Jedidiah May Blog is the title - simple. catchy, and it serves the purpose for now. It's true in life, just as everywhere else: the more you do, the more you learn. It's also true that the more you study, the more you learn. I believe it's again true that you study harder on what you want to do. When I first started this blog, I did so because I was simply curious how blogging worked, what kind of stuff you could do with it, how easy it was, etc. Well, curiosity fades, and eventually, that "new" feeling is gone. It probably happens to a lot of people. So, what's changed? Why am I starting back to blogging now?

Well, to start, new features! 😁 That's actually somewhat true about there being new features, but it's not the reason. The features and layouts are nice, but I have found something out about myself. Now that the newlywed lifestyle is slowing down, the kids are becoming more self-sufficient, I've got more time. I've discovered I really enjoy writing. I even attempted writing a book (attempted, still on the back burner). That part was pretty cool. And with the Kindle publishing options, I could even get it published myself. Much of that was, again, the "new" features and discovery. I'm a junky. I love learning new stuff. I also love to teach it.

And when I think about it, that's the reason I'm doing a few blogs now. I have one called Path 2 Developer that is chronicling my specific experiences and learning to become a computer programmer/developer. My other blog is called Path 2 Pilot (noticing the cool pattern?). This one, I'm chronicling the journey to actually getting a pilot's license and recording that experience. When I looked up information on both, the information was really sketchy and hard to follow sometimes. Pilot's license information varied so much, it was either so generic you couldn't get any real information or it was so technical, you couldn't understand it. The same was also true for becoming a developer. The information is all out there, but someone who knows nothing about programming would have a very hard time figuring out what to do. So, I feel it would be a good practice for me, as well as to help others, if I logged all of the experiences down.

So, that's my plan. To write everything out. I'm not exactly sure where the Jedidiah May Blog posts will fit in because nearly all of my time is going to be spent either learning to be Tom Cruise from Top Gun or Hugh Jackman from Swordfish. I suppose the interesting things that take place in between will have a home here. Maybe as I get time to actually write crazy ideas, they'll show up here.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Back to Blogging

It's been a few years since I've gotten online and blogged anything in a while. Life got in the way. I got married, full time with wife, kids, job, and me, and it's hard to find time for everything else. Now, however, things have finally slowed down a little. The one-year anniversary is coming June 25, so I've got to find something to do that's creative, but not too expensive.

It's awesome right now. My wife actually gave me an early Father's day gift that the kids were in on. They got me setup to do flying school and then actual flight lessons. School itself isn't too expensive, but I think the lessons might actually be. I'm not sure yet.

Now. The reason for the comeback. Well, it's about time. Computers are about to take me over again, and I'd love for them to. I've got a position as a tester and working toward becoming a developer. For the first time, it looks like it might actually be a possibility that I learn how to be a programmer for computers, which has always been a dream of mine. I want to learn it all. I want to be able to write code for apps, create websites, write software to run Raspberry Pi devices, you name it.

A book my group is reading now, the Software Craftsman, suggests writing a blog to help track your own progress. I really liked that concept. I write in journals now to just get ideas out of my head, and I think writing something down might help others as well.

So, long story short, I'm back. Back to blogging a little more often, I hope. I'm going to keep trying to fill my time with learning and progressing forward, rather than waste time. I hope it works out in that direction.