Five is how many blog posts I wrote for all of 2015.
I started this blog in March of 2011 which means it is coming up on it’s five year anniversary. Here is the breakdown of blog posts per year over the past five years of daddyjake.com:
- 2011 – 4
- 2012 – 72
- 2013 – 37
- 2014 – 15
- 2015 – 5
Anyone who has followed me over the years (which is probably no one), would know that I have been blogging on and off since 2001 and that I still (obviously) struggle to blog on a regular basis, save from a couple of good runs over the past 15 years.
Last year was not a good year for me and my family and because of that, I had no inspiration for blogging, photography or sewing because I was in survival mode. While I did write a few posts last year, including some of what I endured, I have tried very hard to keep posts on this blog of a positive nature.
Now that I am slowly but surely crawling out of survival mode, I have been missing my Sunday morning blogging and have really been wanting to get out with my dSLR that has been collecting dust. This winter has been so dark and ugly that I have not gone out because I am a photographer who prefers natural light and still haven’t taken the time to figure out how to properly use the settings on my dSLR.
I seem to oscillate between programming and blogging. I either get very focused on programming on my projects or I don’t touch them at all. For the past two months, I have been nose to the grindstone with my programming. I was supposed to be out this morning blogging and yet again, slid back into programming for the first 1.5 hours I was out. I need to see if I can code something up that anytime that happens, my keyboard zaps me or something of that nature.
While I am not entirely sure that I *lost* my passion for programming, I certainly lost *any* desire to ever work a corporate job again. I started my first post post secondary education job in April of 2000. I questioned my whole career if I enjoyed my work knowing I went home from work and worked for several hours more on my own projects. Somehow, it wasn’t until some time in the past year that I realized that I had always worked in a technology department (IT, IMIT, IS) and never for a technology company that’s sole purpose is doing development.
I have been feverishly trying to get back up to speed with some programming languages that I am not as familiar with while also brushing up on advanced programming theory. I have also been working on re-building my portfolio (something I haven’t done since graduating college) with the intention of getting back to doing web development. I have had stacks of books out from the library and have probably read a few thousand pages in the past month or two.
The problem I seem to be struggling with is of course, what I preach to a lot of people: work/life balance. I love to blog, I love to sew and I love to take photographs. (And of course, I love to program.) I have been (again) in the process of cleaning up and re-arranging the house to help facilitate this.
Time to sit down and get back to setting goals for blog posts and photographs posted to my Flickr account. The sun is shining behind me for what feels like the first time in weeks!
My word for 2016 is: Recovery. Recovery of my career, my finances and my health.
What is yours?