Posts Tagged: blog

Quantity vs. Quality

So far I have been keeping up with my goal of a blog post every day.  I have found out several things, I enjoy writing for fun, a post every day gives me no time to plan or edit, writing makes me perform better.

I never have had a writing class I really enjoyed.  This is mostly because I was subject to sever writers block leading to high amounts of stress when my paper was due the next day, without having squat done.  The other problem with writing classes is that you don’t necessarily get to write about subjects that interest you.  With this blog, I have had deadlines tight enough that I can’t slack, which I attribute as the main reason for a reduced amount of writer’s block and I am writing about what I feel like writing about.  The result is that I like writing posts and feel like writing more.

Since I am posting in high volume, I have little time to edit posts, or put a lot of thought into them.  With most of these posts, I am writing from my thought stream with out any prior planning or organization.  Admittedly this was expected when I decided to make a post ever day, and the goal was to develop a daily habit, rather then high quality content.  After the 1 Month Challenge is up, I will probably cut back my posts and focus more on Technology topics and making longer more thought out posts.

My favorite side effect is that doing something productive like writing, has the tendency to boost my performance in other areas.  I don’t have ant scientific proof of this, but I have observed that my performance in other areas of my life seems to improve when I make beneficial changes in unrelated areas.

As far as the blog is concerned, expect to see fewer posts after November 28th. I will probably focus on posting more technology related posts, and I may start to promote the blog more.

Till Next Time-
Wesley

Exploiting my Habit Part 2

So I had laid out a schedule for the blog a couple of days ago.  After further thought, I have decided to make some changes.  I am removing the summary’s of A Whack to The Side of the Head, since people could plagiarize that as homework.  I am adding summaries of two other books I’m currently doing to the schedule to encourage my self to read them in good time.

Sunday: Meditation on a Section of Scripture.
Monday: Asterisk Configuration Series.
Tuesday: Open Topic
Wednesday: Thoughts on Reading from the Screwtape Letters.
Thursday: Thoughts from George Muller Reading.
Friday: Thoughts on Computer Hardware Basics Reading.
Saturday: Thoughts on Cisco Networking Reading.

Exploiting My New Habit

Today is my 5th consecutive day of blogging as part of my 1 month challenge to myself to blog every day.  Last night I was thinking about how promising to blog every day gave me enough incentive to actually do it.  I’m going to try a little experiment too see if I can’t exploit this behavior pattern to get my homework done sooner.  My plan is to post a summery and my thoughts on the home work for each of my classes.  If this goes well, I’ll likely publicize it to my classmates next semester as a virtual study group.  Below is a weekly schedule for blog posts.

Sunday: Meditation on a Section of Scripture.
Monday: Summary for A Whack to The Side of the Head. Since this is pretty much the home work for that class, I am posting it after the fact.
Tuesday: Open
Wednesday: Open
Thursday: Asterisk Configuration Series.
Friday: Thoughts on Computer Hardware Basics Reading.
Saturday: Thoughts on Cisco Networking Reading.

I’d also like to get away from the blogging about blogging syndrome I see developing here.

Asterisk Series

Okay, I have put absolutely zero work into planning this, but I’m going to start a series of blog posts on configuring Asterisk.  I have an Asterisk box running with phone service from Vitelity.  My plan is to setup a system which allows you to make calls from your computer, cell phone, or other SIP client and send SMS from a XMPP client.  I picked Vitelity because they support SIP trunking and SMS via Jabber.  It would be cooler if I could send SMS over SIP, but Vitelity doesn’t support that feature.

I also will be getting a SPA112 from work.  If I can get my hands on a cheap analog phone too, I’ll add that as an extension on my PBX.

I’ll try and post a new article in this series every Thursday.

-Till Next Time
Wesley

The 1 Month Challange

It’s been a while.  If I recall correctly, I said I was going to try post on a regular basis.  Being a normal person, I promptly ignored my vague goal and went on to live my happy no-blogging life exactly as I had before.  Well, I still have an inner urge to blog on a regular basis, but life has a tendency to get in the way.  The easiest goals to achieve are the ones you have other people holding you two, the second easiest are the ones you really really want to, beyond that you pretty much need to turn it into a habit.

For me, writing on a regular basis is a desire, but not something a really really want to do.  Therefore I’m going to attempt to make writing a daily habit.  To this end, I’m making it my goal to have a new post every day, whether it is about configuring an Asterisk server, or describing the pattern on our couch.  I’d like to try applying the principles I’ve been learning in my critical thinking class, so don’t be surprised if I make a weird post or two.  I will likely write ahead and schedule posts to go out.  I don’t like to end up under a lot of pressure for prolonged amount of time, so that is a good way to prevent some of it building up.

Till tomorrow-

Wesley

Site Relaunch

When this site was launched a year or more ago, I was planning to pursue freelance web development for my career.  One year later, my life has taken an unexpected turn.  I’ve been blessed with a job at local IT company, and am taking classes at Kirkwood community college for a degree in LAN management.

Since I found some down time to readdress this site, I’ve changed the theme, name, tagline, and am adding a new post. Currently, my plan is for this blog/site to be a creative outlet for projects and thoughts.  I hope you enjoy my ramblings, thoughts, and what ever else I write or post.

Wes