Writing is hard. Doing anything new and turning it into something regular, a habit, is hard. I've failed at journaling and publishing online a few times. I think that's okay, I'd like to try again.

I spend most of my time developing web applications, which means I put a lot of pressure on myself to have a well designed blog, website, whatever.

I have a hard time sharing the things I create (including writing) because I care too much about it being good. I care too much about how the quality of what I produce reflects on me as a person. This line of thinking is paralyzing and a negative aspect of my life that I'm trying to break free from. Part of the solution is forgiveness for mistakes and failure. I'm working on it.

I think this journal is an opportunity to express some of my values, discuss what I'm working on (even if it's not finished) and to tell some stories.

I value open source software and the communities it creates, which is why I chose to use Ghost.

I value the concept of the The 12-Factor App, which is why I use dokku to deploy my web apps.

I value the knowledge that my peers share online, which is why I try to share what I learn by writing articles.

I value my local community of developers and the support they provide, which is why I help organize NodeSchool Toronto so others can learn in a friendly environment for free.