To be honest, I was in a dilemma. One part of me wanted to dive right in and start blogging straight away whereas the other part (the caffeine-fueled, keyboard punching programmer) was nagging me to go for a customary “Hello World” post! So, here I am trying to strike a balance – scripting a “Hello World” post which is also informative (or is it an informative post which is kind-of “Hello World”?).
So why start a blog, all of a sudden? For the sole reason that I love writing and I wasn’t doing it enough! The inception of this blog has been carried out with the aim of motivating me to get better at writing stuff, explaining concepts and exploring the unknown day-by-day. Innovation in any creative pursuit requires you to understand the tastes of the establishment. Only then can you administer your own panache. A beautiful quote by Ira Glass on storytelling resonates with this idea and is remarkably apt for my situation.
“What nobody tells people who are beginners – and I really wish someone had told this to me … is that all of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, and it’s just not that good.It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not.
But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase. They quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know it’s normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story.
It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”
And since I’m a novice when it comes to blogging, my readers can expect mistakes, inconsistencies and often re-statement of the obvious. But, I assure you of my unceasing efforts to become a better content generator.
Let the blogging commence!