Sysadvent 2008 finishes
Posted Thu, 25 Dec 2008
I honestly thought I was going to burn out after 4 or 5 days of writing. Somehow I maintained sanity and was able to write 23 of the 25 articles. Ben Rockwood and Matt Simmons tossed an article each my way, which was a great help in letting me relax. Much thanks to them. I also had help from a few friends who suggested ideas or gave pointers when I had researcher's block - when I couldn't decide what to research and write about.
My wife reminded me every night around 8PM that I should start writing. Without her helping me remember my goal (an article a day), I probably would've burnt out or slacked off playing games or coding, so the successful completion of the first sysadvent is due greatly to her caring for my own projects. <3
Each article took a varying amount of time. Some took longer to research, some took longer to write, and some took longer to rewrite. On average, each article probably took on the range of 2 to 6 hours to complete (research, write, rewrite). Some probably took longer, but after a few hours I lost track of time. When I got stuck hard, I would play TF2 and Left 4 Dead for a bit to distract and help me refocus. I learned that taking breaks is critical for breaking through walls of unproductivity.
The whole research-and-fiddle-with-a-tool experience was pretty sweet, except for the stress of a self-imposed deadline meaning I had to stop researching and start writing.
For those that read it, I hope you enjoyed it. If you have comments, please email me ([email protected]).