Dusting off the old blog: time for a change.

Hey everyone. I’m @lemony-cricket, and that’s the last time I’m going to start a post like that. Probably. Unless I feel like it.

Time to change things up a bit

I’ve been getting in my own way of writing here. I love to write! I always have. So why, why have I let it become such a chore? I think it’s just because I am so obsessive. I won’t use the term OCD as I believe it should be reserved either for kickass Steemian curation projects, or for those with a serious and expert diagnosis of a debilitating mental condition, which I don’t believe I have. The truth is: I am just way too worried about what I’m writing.

I’m not going to completely change my style. What I am going to stop doing though, is worrying so much about following some imaginary rules I made up for myself. No longer will I worry so much about:

  • Putting my name at the start of every article.
  • Having a picture directly after the opening statement.
  • Bolding the first thought of each new paragraph.
  • Getting the headers just right and trying desperately to avoid line breaks inside of them.
  • Obsessing over where to put my horizontal rules.

  • Making sure there’s always a nice little ending with a lemon emoji.
  • Reading the “finished” post over and over again for 2 hours obsessively to make sure it’s the best it can possibly be.
  • Obsessing over visual arrangement, only to have it not make a difference on other frontends and my WordPress blog.
  • Including every possible example in a list of imaginary rules I made up for my posts which I am now abandoning.

New priorities

Most of you probably know by now that I am a software developer, and maybe you also know that I love it so much I do it at home too. I’ve been focusing a bit more on that lately than engagement on the Steem blockchain, but I see no reason why the two can’t coexist. I just have to make my priorities clear:

I can’t be spending four to five hours on every post when I have code to write.

And as much as I love you all and this platform, and as active as I may be in chats, I can’t be going thirty-three days without a single post on my main blog and still call myself a Steemian… and I want to call myself a Steemian. I am more proud to be a Steemian than I have ever been proud to be anything.

I will still make those awesome, perfectly-formatted posts that I’m so proud of sometimes… particularly when I decide to pick up the second part of my cryptography series. But for now… it’s time to bite the bullet, check over this post exactly once for obvious errors… and post.

Sorry, no lemon emoji this time. It’s for my own good.