Who Publishes On Wednesdays, I Mean Come On

Ideally this posts are written in batches and then scheduled to be published at future dates and times but I’m SO NOT THERE YET.

Also?

Don’t try to write while also letting the television play if you’re Rain Leander cause you’ll be CONSTANTLY DISTRACTED. I mean, some people can do it?

But not I.

Focus, Leander.


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But the reboot of Sabrina the Teenage Witch is SO GOOD.

#AMIRITE

/me pauses the show so that she can write…

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These Titles Are Supposed To Be Short

The original title of this post was “Wherein Rain Schedules Out The Next Few Weeks of Blogging per Adam DuVander And Then Freaks The Fuck Out (Just a Bit)” but SEO #amirite

I’m sitting in my local bakery thinking about three things – routines, writing, and identity and wouldn’t you know it, that’s exactly what this post is about.

Stick with me.

To become a better writer, one must write regularly. To write regularly, one must schedule it out as well as figure out WHEN you’re going to write and WHAT you’re going to write. To figure out WHEN you’re going to write, you need to incorporate it into your routines / make it part of your daily habits. To figure out WHAT you’re going to write, you need to know WHERE your posts are going and WHO your audience is.

And then my brain starts melting off a bit.

The other day I was listening to a podcast – I totally forget which one and such, so that’s helpful – and one of the guests mentioned that she uses her blog to keep track of her own ramblings / technical experiences / et cetera and if that helps someone, that’s great, but if not, no worries.

This resonates.

Over here in groningenrain.nl land I’m still figuring this shit out so there’s going to be a lot of messes and such.

Probably always will be because I do love me some experimentation and making messes.

And, yes, I realize that this introduction has turned into its own blog post, so I’m going to go ahead and plan to write about routines, writing, and identity on the next post.

My point is that I’ve figured out a few things.

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Figuring This Shit Out

One of the things I’m Working On Right Now ™ is this whole blogging thing and social media and becoming an influencer and thought leadership and how many more buzz words can I fit into one boring sentence. #CanIGetAnAMEN

And part of figuring out some of those things is blogging regularly again, so here we go, with a totally mediocre and that’s okay posting of hello hi and here’s what’s going on in my life RIGHT NOW.

I just noticed that I’ve used ‘right now’ two times already and now three times and that’s exactly where this post is headed.

You’ve been WARNED.

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My Notes From Adam DuVander’s Developer Content Marketing Workshop At DevRelCon London

I know what you’re thinking right now.

“It’s been umpteen weeks since you’ve written on this blog and THIS is what you’re going to write about?!?”

Yes, I totally used quotes because THAT is EXACTLY what you’re thinking.

Yeah, that’s right, THIS is what I’m writing about – so sit back, buck up, and get ready for a totally bumpy ride.

First, let’s focus on the AUDIENCE

1. Where do they work?
2. What languages do they use?
3. How how much experience do they have?
4. Do they tinker on nights / weekends or only at work?

Do you have multiple audiences what are the differences?

Starting with the last question, just to be contrarian, I…. wait. No, my brain just melted off. Because am I answering this question as a Red Hat employee? As an IBM employee? As the RDO Community Manager? As the OpenStack Liaison? Or as Rain the Dancing Engineer Fierce Woman?

When I talked with Adam about my melting brain he suggested focusing on the similarities among them to find the buckets OR to go ahead and entirely separate out personal from professional.

But this is being published HERE; therefore, my audience on groningenrain.nl is:

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Fighting Acedia: Developing Mental Resilience

TRIGGER WARNING This article or section, or pages it links to, contains information about sexual assault and/or violence which may be triggering to survivors.

In the midst of recovery, I bought entirely too many books for self help, distraction, and work.

And along the way, I read a lot of Medium and ThoughtCatalog and in those meanderings I came across the Freakonomics Peak Project which is basically about becoming GREAT at something.

I joined.

Because I want to become GREAT at mental resilience.

I know.

Odd, right?

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