Blogging for Fun and ProfitPublished on Saturday, July 13, 2019
This past year has been a time of transition for me. Last August, I moved from the AWS client tools team to AWS Ground Station and from Washington State to Washington, D.C. After getting to work with some extraordinary people to see Ground Station evolve from an idea to a preview to a generally available AWS service, I decided to seek a position at the US Digital Service, where I’ll be starting work next Monday. I’m looking forward to starting and am using some of the time between my last day at Amazon and my first day at USDS to set up this blog.
I’ll be reading through Antonio Cangiano’s Technical Blogging to get a basic primer on the ins and outs of running a blog, as I know next to nothing about building up an audience. But I’ve already settled on what my larger technical and content goals should be.
From a technical perspective, I want to run a blog with a minimal footprint.
I also want this blog to have a minimal footprint on the network, so I won’t be using a CSS framework like Bootstrap or Foundation. It’s been a while since I wrote much CSS, so learning the new features should be a fun challenge.
And lastly, I want this blog to have a minimal footprint on reader’s privacy. I won’t be using any third-party trackers or using any CSS, JS, or fonts hosted elsewhere.
As far as content goes, I plan on posting
- short tutorials related to personal projects,
- reviews of technical books I’ve read and reacted strongly to, and
- summaries of and slides from talks I give at meetups and conferences.
To seed this site, I’ll be cannibalizing two previous attempts to start a blog that I had left in private repositories on GitHub. Both contained a single post, though the earliest one also included a full import of a Blogger blog I kept while teaching myself to program with Project Euler.