Simple Programmer’s Email Course on Blogging

In the interest of full disclosure, I want to say that I’m writing about John Sonmez (a.k.a. the Simple Programmer) and his email course on setting up your own software development blog¬†because he told me to do so. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t like it or that it holds no value for you or me. The truth couldn’t be further away.

Over the course of three weeks, you get two emails per week, each with a clearly defined task for you to complete. The perks of this format are obvious: you know what you need to do, you know when you need to do what you need to do, and, most of all, you don’t have to decide what to do.

As you can tell, this blog doesn’t have very many posts on it (yet!). But, I can still tell you how doing this has helped me:

  • That which is measured gets done. The act of writing down what I have done and what I will do makes it easy to see what works, what didn’t, and how I can adjust and plan for the upcoming week appropriately.
  • I’ve been forced to reflect on the work I’ve done as part of generating ideas for this blog. This ties into the point above, in that I have to engage at a deeper level with the material I’m working with, which cements concepts in my mind.

If you’ve ever thought about writing your own blog (or even if you haven’t), I highly recommend John’s course as a jumping-off point. Consider it to be like training wheels that have been raised off the ground: he’ll help you get going, but once you get going, it really isn’t that hard to¬†keep going. I’d also like to mention that, while John is aiming to reach software developers, the principles of his course are helpful even to those outside the field. I shared my emails with my writer husband, who has set up his own blog recently.