I began writing technical pieces more seriously about four years ago. Medium was on the rise and I joined a company that encouraged writing technical pieces, and it began - the journey towards not writing. Why?
So why did I slow down/stop? The pressure.
The pressure of having ~500 followers on Medium and the self-imposed expectation of continuing to write awesome articles. I began to see this as being a geek-likewhore of sorts and I began to resent it. Starting a new article usually began with joy and a desire to share some newfound insight, to provide an alternative point-of-view. This quickly turned into self-doubt (common thoughts: "anyone who put in enough thought would be able to discover this for themselves too", "somebody has already written on this, am I wasting my time?", "it's never going to outdo your most famous pieces"), and then into fear ("what if this story sucked?", "what if I can't hit the same applause as my previous articles?"), effectively bringing my writing to a halt.
To be honest, I haven't exactly found a remedy to all that self-doubt, but I do get feedback now and then on having helped people to understand certain concepts which is heartening and makes me want to write again. So I'm going to do just that here on
dev.to. No followers, no likes, I'll start again from fresh, writing a little each day on my thoughts and reflections about technology creation and stuff related to it.
If you're reading till this far, thanks for reading!