Getting Back to Basics

Earlier today I was looking at some of the work I had done on Noteworthy, the precursor to 10Centuries, and was shocked to discover that almost 7 years have passed since I last did any real work with the Evernote API. There was Evernote integration in 10Cv2, which was also had API links to Twitter, App.Net, Tumblr, but that was a slight adaptation of the original code. What surprised me about this number isn't so much that 7 years have passed. Instead, it was the reminder that I've yet to accomplish the core goals from v4 and v5 of the 10Centuries platform. Years are passing by while my incomplete codebase does just a fraction of what it used to.

493 days ago I started writing and publishing a post a day without fail. The streak has not been easy to maintain, but it's been an important objective. The goal isn't to publish just for the sake of publishing, but to encourage a little more thought and consideration throughout the day. While the quality of the posts have been hit and miss, there does appear to be an improvement in the writing process. Every day sees one or two posts shared out of the three to five that were written. This is a heck of a lot better than a post every week or two and the daily routine has made the failings in 10C's writing tools painfully obvious.

This leads into the next personal objective: to properly invest in the 10C platform again.

The boy will start school at the start of February, attending kindergarten for a couple of hours in the morning until April when he goes for the full day. While the boy is at school, I'll begin to dedicate a couple of hours every weekday to improving 10Centuries. From writing documentation to restoring missing features to building the various important elements that people expect from a modern platform, there will be no further excuses for not expanding the system. There is still an application on the way1 and it would be in the best interests of the platform to present itself as a respectable place to publish content.

This year there have been three updates released and another two are on the way at each end of next week. Evernote integration will come back. Twitter integration will come back. Better podcasting support will be added, too. Even at just 10 hours a week, 500 hours of development in a year is better than what I could muster last year.

For so much of the last few years I've invested the bulk of my time into my family, the day job, and writing. As the day job becomes less important, I plan on using the regained time to build something I can be proud of.

  1. The first application is centred around blogging with a focus on helping people write. It is being written to act as a writing support tool, encouraging people to write and offering help when people aren't sure what to write about. Ideally, this will evolve into a writing tutor of sorts. First things first, though.