Archive for the ‘blogging’ Category

Mobile blogging challenges
February 15, 2012

Trying WordPress for Android.

Twitter and Google+ killed light posting for me. Quora competes in more serious writing.

I need to find some good topics for writing.

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Where I’ve been
June 28, 2011

I haven’t been updating here, so I should say: I’ve been doing most of my writing on Miguel Paraz’s Quora page.

writing on
January 1, 2009

“Writing more” is the first 2009 resolution I made. I’m now trying to live it up by blogging, again.

I have been writing in the past weeks, on paper notebooks. The idea is to refine and publish them online, but that hasn’t happened. This practice is effective in clearing my head, the only useful practice I picked from Allen’s Getting Things Done (which I’ve only read a month or so ago.)

I also thought my Twitter tweets would be useful as  blog posts when expanded, but it hasn”t happened.

What to write: if I continue this blog, I feel that it will take a turn away from tech and towards more eclectic set of topics. I’m not comfortable with blogging personal stuff – not because I don’t like sharing (I do that on Twitter) but because I feel it’s a vain thing to do. If I overcome that handicap, personal posts willl appear here. Less tech because I feel I’m making a shift away from doing tech stuff in my personal/free time.

How to write: I find that being self-conscious has hampered  my previous attempts at blogging. I had to make it live up some high standards I set for myself. No more. I shall let go.

I hope to keep this up!

Hello Philippine Blog Awards Visitors
September 18, 2008

Now, I have a reason to blog – to greet people coming here from the Philippine Blog Awards site. I have judged a few categories.

I may be a delinquent blogger, but I remain a voracious blog  reader – most especially for tech and work-related content.

I haven’t been attending blogger events for the past year and a half, so this is In Real Life catching up time.

If You Can’t Blog, Get Interviewed
June 26, 2008

Thanks to Keith Rull! He interviewed me as the first Pinoy developer in his interview series.

Things I’d like to add: to get to do stuff, you need to put in a lot of hard work – and often, you’ll think about the road not taken. And, nostalgic oldtimers might be surprised when I say that the kids of today have it better. I must add – that’s why expect much much more of them, and then get disappointed.

Sharing your stuff is made much easier if someone asks you questions. I remember the old interview meme. I did not remember it just like that. Instead, WordPress told me that I got a new comment.

Now, I am restarting my blogging once more.

Regression
April 29, 2008

Many people move from a free domain like wordpress.com, or blogspot.com, to their own domain. Now, I do the opposite. Strange, but with a reason.

I realize that my “problem” with my lack of blogging, for a year or so, is simply because blogging is not very important to me anymore. Is it just a phase, or a break? I don’t know.

But for now, I think my personal domain – paraz.com at the moment – is better used pointing to something that represents me better than my blog.

The Global Conversation
April 17, 2008

I’ve been thinking how to restart this blog – or if it is possible at all. Should I just give up?

On the other hand, I’ve been busy twittering. It’s easy to blame Twitter for the lack of blogging output. But, I actually post a lot online. Much of it is in forums and email. The difference? There is a conversation.

In contrast, the blog is more of “post an idea” – like an essay, or article. In the past I thought I would be able to keep up blogging article-style. I failed.
I need to make this blog conversational, to make it alive.

How do people keep the blog conversations running? One way is through comments. Another is by continuing the conversations on other blogs. I do read a lot of other blogs (well, mostly tech/industry) but I don’t form an idea strong and coherent enough to post a complete article in response.

I should get there. I must join this blog with the global conversation.

Twitter 1, Blog 0
April 11, 2008

So I haven’t been posting. But I sure have been tweeting! Well at least I release early, release often – what’s on my mind. But the concept of Twitter as Blog Draft didn’t work for me.

Prologue for Lazy Blogger Me
January 30, 2008

I have my own Twitter-style blog. Now I can make quick posts without bothering the Twitterverse with stuff that most won’t care about.

Thanks to Matt and Automattic!

At first I thought of converting this blog to Prologue. And then, maybe another blog for quick posts. Then I remembered, I had a wordpress.com blog doing nothing.

A better reader than writer
January 26, 2008

I’ve been a better reader than writer.

After reading about personal essay writing, I still haven’t felt inspired to write. Perhaps I don’t have the inspiration – do I need more drama?

I wish I could write personal narratives about the tech stuff I do. I’m not working on personal products, as much as I want to get back to open source development. I can write my opinion on tech happenings, but I reallly want to write original material.

There is a lot of interesting tech at work, but I won’t say anything about it.
Fortunately, I’m able to share some of the good stuff with PinoyJUG, the Filipino Java Users Group. Perhaps I could develop my posts into articles.

I’ve been reading a lot of tech, blogs and books. The most noteworthy book is O’Reilly’s Beautiful Code. I bought the PDF edition, the only way I can easily get books when I’m working abroad. I was hoping for inspiration. And I got it. It’s among the most artistic books you can get in the field of Computer Science.

I have also been reading books on testing – an important part of software development that I’ve been taking seriously in the past few months.

The paper books I want to read, I just add to my Amazon wishlist, until I either get to buy them from Amazon or find them in the Philippines.