More About War On Pants
I've been posting less frequently. As expected, once the blog got a bit older I started to become complacent about it. There are a few reasons why.
1. I joined Twitter.
I didn't think Twitter was a big deal for me. I didn't see the point. I read RSS feeds, but I find the character length constraint helps. Apparently, like everyone else my age, I have the attention span of a goldfish. I just want the headline. If it looks interesting, I'll read more.
2. That made me start to like social networking more.
I kind of hate myself for it, but I started using Facebook more. It's Twitter for my friends that don't use Twitter. Although, I shouldn't feel that bad because Facebook is now more popular than Google.
3. I'm not really on a computer when I go home.
This is because I stare at a PC all day at work. When I get home, I build things or read. I program less at home because I'm forced to do that at work. My job is slowly killing my hobby.
4. I hate office life.
This blog is slowly evolving into me bitching about office life. It's a release for me. I like to write. I always have. I have quite a few 50 - 70 page documents that I wrote when I started to compose a novel. Many of my posts are done during my lunch hour at work. When I get home, however, I try to leave work at work. So, when I load up my blog editor, I'm already relaxed. I lose the drive to write about my frustration because I am no longer frustrated.
5. I can't post my projects at work.
This is due to the nature of my job. I can't bring my pictures to work to post, so I haven't written about any of my projects. That's why there are more office-life posts than there are pictures of circuit boards. That also why my post on my trip on Groundhog Day make my internal webmaster cry. I may buy another domain one day so I can upload pictures from home. It'll also let me host web software that I've written.
6. I run this blog for myself.
The most important is that this blog is for me. I enjoy sharing the technological ideas I have with people who may appreciate them and use them. I expect nothing to grow from this blog. I write because I like to write. I design because I like to design. I build because I like to build.
7. I have a life.
I'm not usually home. My girlfriend and I like to go out and do things. I make plans with friends over a month in advance sometimes solely because I'm booked solid with other things that I planned a month before that.
8. I love to be outside.
This ties into point 7, but it's important enough for it to be on its own. I bring my laptop outside to do work whenever possible, but that doesn't happen often. I have no laptop at my job, and the only part of my projects I can do away from my desk/workbench is writing firmware.
9. No one cares about my life.
This isn't a bad thing. I don't want to write that posts that are content-free. I may have two or four weeks between each post, but I feel my posts say something. I'm not interested in blogs that posts twice a day with content like "My cat is even cuter today!" or "I just a massive poo! Here's pics!" If I don't care about what I write, neither will you. It would also violate point 6.
10. I use this blog as a reference.
War on Pants is also a way for me to organize my thoughts and store my design ideas. It's like Configuration Management Software for my mind.
It's a little funny that this list became ten points long. I really didn't plan it that way. I tend to write very stream-of-consciousness-ly. I guess this may be the closest this to a real "mission statement" as I get for a while. The first time I wrote one, it's what I planned. This is more of what it really has become.