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2020-11-18 | Thoughts about Daily Diary

miku86 profile image miku86 Originally published at miku86.com ・1 min read

This is meta.

On dev.to I have 12.700 followers. Since starting the daily diary, the number decreased.
Each post has some 30-50 visits.

Looking at this, I ask myself some questions:

  • Should I care?
  • Is the content "useful" or "useless"? Does it matter?
  • Do people care more about my old stuff, mostly tiny tutorials? Is this something I want to contribute to - "tutorial hell"?
  • Is the habit more valuable than the actual content?

A lot of questions.

To answer them, I need to get in contact with my core values. Why do I even write this daily diary?

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Kostia Palchyk

Hey, Michael!

I think diaries are generally more useful to the writer rather than to a reader 🙂
So, it might need a dedicated place to be posted (and subscribed to) — maybe a personal website or a dedicated GitHub repo, idk.

Take this previous post — I can co-appreciate that you've learned more debugging tricks and hosted a workshop, but... I can't gain any useful knowledge from that. Maybe, for public access, this could be presented in a shorter form of a "today I learned X" — where X could be "for debugging docker - run this command " or maybe "students will pay more attention if " .

And you can write a diary for personal gains and publish tips (summaries) for the wide public!

All this is surely IMHO.
Good luck!

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Mike Lezhnin

Assuming this is part of your diary, you probably do not need a response, but still, I'd like to throw my words out there, just as you did.

A thing many people do is to create a separate acc to post daily diary there, you can always try doing the same.

I did some diarying and to me it it similar to meditation in some ways. You do end up with useful conclusions, but those are mostly useful only for you personally, while for others it would be gibberish nobody cares about.

Should I care?

Nah, prolly not, though I am also unsure dev.to is the right place for a diary, maybe twitter or facebook would be better...

Is the content "useful" or "useless"? Does it matter?

Useless. If you go with a diary, you instantly raise the amount of information, while the amount of useful info stays the same (or even drops, becoming less comprehensive), SNR raises. "Does it matter?" is a vague question.

Do people care more about my old stuff, mostly tiny tutorials?

Welp I never read you before, can't say. IMHO your last few posts look like gibberish, but who am I to tell you what to do.

Is this something I want to contribute to - "tutorial hell"?

Up to you really.

Is the habit more valuable than the actual content?

As stated above, one can combine those.

Either way, good luck with your self-digging.