Exactly one year ago, I published my first blog post ever. I didn’t know what to expect or where this path would lead. Nevertheless, I pushed forward. Today, the MindBodySoulDeveloper blog turns one year old!
Let’s take a quick trip down to memory lane. We’ll revisit some of the great, the bad, and the unexpected awesome things in our adventure so far. Ready?
There’s been many great things and change brought by this blog. If I had to pick any of those things, I’d pick: consistency.
I’ve blogged about consistency in the past. I keep repeating the same theme for one simple reason:consistency works.
Whatever it means to you, consistency will help get there. I’ve published a weekly blog post. Sometimes, I have published two blog posts per week. I’ve written a total of 54 blog posts – including this one.
Consistency has also spilled onto many other parts of my personal life. One example is exercise; running for me. I’ve a full post celebrating my first year of consistent running!
I can hardly believe what I’ve achieved with commitment and consistency.
Here’s some examples:
- Beginners guide: Developers Guide for Meditation
- Happy to See More Female Developers
- The Art of Doing Nothing
- Brew Awesome Tea
- How to Improve Your Focus
When I started my adventure, I had no idea what to write about. All the good ideas, niches, and cool domains seem to be taken. It was discouraging and paralyzed me. (Good ol’ paralysis by analysis).
I’m glad I decided to just jump in. My first blog post was on June 27, 2015.
Notice, I didn’t wait until the new month of July or end of summer.
I just wrote my first post and published it. I still remember staying up until 2am wrapping up my first blog post ever. My wife helping me edit it. It was a long night. But we got it done.
Even though with John Sonmez’s guidance, I had a lot to learn.
It was slow. It was painful.
It was also cutting into my personal and family time. Blogging takes a lot of creativity juices. After writing a blog post, you end up usually drained.
Don’t get me started on blog post editing. Boy, if you perfectionist, you are going to have a ball with this one. I sure did!
Also, don’t forget about branding, promoting and getting involved with social media…yep, it was an introvert’s worst nightmare.
I don’t like to dwell too much on these…failures. But I learned some awesome things along the way.
My editing and time-management skills have improved. I can articulate my thoughts very well instead of going all over the place. This translates into improving both my verbal and written communication skills at work.
Best of all, I found out that I enjoy telling stories to get my point across. I tend to use a cathartic approach to connect with you.
The unexpected Awesome
Back to social media
I was social media absent on purpose. I never log on into my Facebook personal account and lost track of my old Twitter account.
I learned that in order to promote my MindBodySoul Developer brand, I had to get involved in social media.
- Twitter: JoseGonz321
- Github: JoseGonzalez321
- Facebook (professional): Jose Gonzalez
- Medium: JoseGonz321
You aren’t getting famous over night!
If you’re worried about trolls coming to your blog, don’t. You aren’t getting famous over night. Hell, it may take you a year or two.
Unless you have a super niche idea like Kevin O’Shaughnessy, it will take time to gain traction.
Am I famous? Nope, far from it. But I am not doing this for “fame and fortune”. I just want to share my thoughts and ideas.
Which leads me to my next point.
Meeting mind-like people
Networking is never important until you need to find a new job. (It’s ok, I’m guilty of this as well).
As an avid Simple Programmer reader, I’ve been active on the community. This led to connect with other developers.
Dave also invited me to join the Developer on Fire Facebook group. This is the sole reason I created my new Facebook account. It was totally worth it.
I remember reading one of his guest post at SimpleProgammer. He left a comment on my about page and things just took off from there.
He’s an awesome guy. He even connected me with another developer Jaime Dixon who was a guest in his show (also super awesome).
So, there is nice people/developers out there?
Yup! Not all is lost in humanity/developer community.
Here’s a very short list of other awesome developers I’ve met and continuously interact with:
- Pavneet Singh Saund
- Gjermund Bjaanes
- Kevin O’Shaughnessy (already mentioned above)
- Leif Larsen
- Jean-Francois Heon
- Shawn Rakowski (My Life For the Code podcast)
- James Murphy
And here is another bunch of devs I’m starting to interact with via Twitter:
(If I let you out of the list, please contact me and I will add you. Nothing but love! /wink)
They are all great inspirations in one way or another. I’d love to meet them face to face one day.
Although they are great developers, I follow them because I believe in what they believe: software development is more than just writing code.
In case you haven’t notice, the theme of this blog is: we are more than just code.
We are developing the developer aka you!
I will continue to share my experiences to develop the developer.
I’ll continue with my cathartic format for all main sections:
The main goal is to share my stories to help you reflect on them.
I’m only an expert on my own experience.
It’s been a great and crazy ride for the last year. Starting my own blog taught me a lot of great things.
Some of them have been great like being consistent. Committing to something and continue with it. It brought me great benefits to my soft skills (mind), physical improvement (body), and fulfillment thru reflections (soul).
The “bad parts” helped me grow and made me into a better developer and person overall.
The unexpected awesome part has been meeting other developers with a similar mind-set. I can’t wait to meet you all in-person one day!
I can hardly believe it’s been a full year. I never had a goal to “last” for a year. But here we are.
I will leave you with a quote from one of my favorite books:
Mastery – George Leonard
Do you still think you can’t start you own blog? Think again.
See you next year!