Kim Thompson

Web (+ more) developer.

In an effort to blog more (or at all), I'll be switching to more of a learn in public formula.

2022 Update & My Digital Garden

Updated: 9/8/2022

I have had a lot of creative energy this year and most of it went nowhere. I feel like I'm on the cusp of truly feeling like a senior developer, but I'm still learning in private. I keep putting off the very important act of writing and talking about all the things I'm fired up about publicly.

This is at least in part Sapper's fault. It was deprecated shortly after I launched my blog and its successor, SvelteKit was . . . not ready to go yet. Three separate attempts over the course of a year to convert my blog to SvelteKit using the provided instructions went poorly. I didn't even write down the problems I ran into during each of the attempts I made, which seems like a real waste now! I got stuck in that classic web developer loop of tinkering with the blog instead of just blogging.

Originally I chose to build my website in Svelte because I wanted a break from all the React I was doing at work. React was a giant by that point, and I was rooting for the little guy who was not owned by ~~Facebook~~ Meta. However, now that my day-to-day work is in SwiftUI, I felt it was time to switch back to React and keep my skills fresh. And if I was going to switch back to React, why not try out the new1 kids on the block, TailwindCSS and Remix.

But I wasn't merely going to port things over. After looking at this thing for a year or two, I started to find it ugly. This time, I would build something simpler and cleaner, something that put writing first.

Authors like Stephen King and Margaret Atwood have the following advice for those who wish to be writers (paraphrased by me): in order to get good at writing, you have to write a lot. A lot of that writing will be garbage. Get it out, and don't be self-conscious about it.

Inspired by some other creator's "Digital Gardens", and decided to follow this approach. I spent several months attempting to cultivate a Zettelkasten of my own with Obsidian, and though I liked it for a while, the same thing happened there that always happens to me when I get too deep into any planning system — I got too bogged down in the checklists and the daily minutiae and I didn't spend time on the deep learning and reflection that I wanted to be prioritizing.

I've switched back to a simpler handwritten journal with reflective prompts. I haven't abandoned the idea of learning in public! Instead of paying Obsidian $20/month to host this "second brain", I've decided to just keep my notes, blog drafts, and other drabbles like that here.

  1. I'm sure these aren't that new, but they sure haven't been adopted by my corner(s) of corporate America yet.