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  1. Great article. We are trying to implement this at our web studio, but can’t find a natural tool or set of tools to write everything up, from quick thoughts, to links, to full-on posts or wikis. Would you have any recommandation for us? Thanks!

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  2. I’ve never considered it from that perspective before but we can certainly learn a lot from what we think as we are learning. When we only write after we have learned something we forget all the mistakes we made and as a result do ourselves and future users a disservice because we cut off vital information.

    When we learn a command, sometimes the name might not make the most sense, but we often forget it’s original meeting because we now know it to do something different. The content we write when we are learning is just as valuable as the end result after we know something.

    There’s also a certain merit to writing about something that is already assumed to be known by everyone, and that is you may reach an audience in a different way due to your writing style, as mentioned in the post. If I remember that is how CSS Tricks got its start, Chris has a great way of breaking things down into an easy to understand manner.

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  3. Tools can have an enormous influence in making you comfortable enough to express your thoughts, Guillaume. You may find something helpful in Mark’s Memory Management.

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  4. Thanks Mark, I really enjoyed this article, especially your bit about almost bulk publishing your entire drafts queue. I write for living although I constantly feel as if I don’t get to write for myself nearly enough. I keep telling myself to just write something, even something is usually not utter nonsense and it fuels the habit. I don’t listen to myself as often as I’d like, though.

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  5. When I’m learning something new, such as JQuery recently, I quite often do a quick search, find a code snippet, then copy and paste, modify it and try it out.

    That may fix it for now, but to understand what it is doing and why, it’s best to find a blog post and spend more time understanding what it is really doing so you know for next time.

    You could go to the official documentation site, but I often find the examples too generic, whereas a blog can be a real life example.

    So, thanks for this article, but also a big thank you to the community for helping me and all the other developers out with your writing!

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  7. Wonderfully written, and just the kind of viewpoint I didn’t know I wanted to hear.

    I signed up just to comment this.

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  8. Thank you for this. I’m a writer at heart, but I all too often let the hesitations you shared here keep me from doing what I love and I know is good for me. This was just what I needed to hear… Keep it up!

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  9. I stumbled across this article which appeared in my CSS Weekly newsletter and I know that guy! Great article Mark!

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  10. Thank you!
    Stumbled upon this column randomly while seeking website typography inspiration, but found even greater one. Right on spot - I guess I’m finally gonna start my blog :P

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  11. I too just stumbled across this article. It reminded me that I need to start reading A List Apart regularly again.

    Inspiring stuff, thanks.

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  12. I prefer blog posts to Q&A because the answers are so often just as obtuse as documentation. The thing I hate most is “go look at the specs.” “The specs” are often written for people creating tools or user agents and “The Specs” are written as if the only readers are engineers very familiar with the current topic.

    The best answers I’ve found are from blog posts where someone said, “I was trying to do something and it was hard. Here’s how I learned how to fix it.”

    I do thing Q&A is great, especially if you’re hopping between languages and you’ve forgotten the syntax of a particular kind of statement. Stack Overflow often rises higher in search results than jQuery docs or W3C specs. And with Q&A you get a variety of answers, often related to questions that have been asked of you, such as “What do you mean by X?” or “Maybe instead of what you are trying to do there is a better path, like X.”

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  13. I’m currently writing my first novel and I realized they more I push to be witty the more I become manufactured. It is much better to just let it all out and go back in an aggressive edit and take it out. Write often means write better

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  14. Thanks for this! As a relatively new coder (because 3 years in, I still feel like a total n00b,) blogging about my experiences and elaborating on the things I’m learning or that are stumping me has been intimidating to say the least. As programers we have a never ending sea of more seasoned peers against whom we can compare our knowledge, but like you pointed out, code has a story. Or rather, it has many stories! As many as there are coders out there…

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  15. I really do agree with you, and thats why ‘im actually writing an e-diary, and i’m forcing myself to work on it at least every 2 days or so. We need to know what we used to think, its a fact!

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  17. great post thanks admin…!!!

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  19. well…you are supposed to write for a living person not for a machine named google..surely you can do both but always keep in mind that your blog should be worth reading, if it’s not just give up or start asking someone to help you out..e.g. for grammar you can go to acewriters - college essay writing service or editing app grammarly, for help with coding just go to code academy

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  21. Good written article. Especially the part about giving yourself a permission to publish. I feel doubts before publishing something. I’m trying to fight it with writing services but doubts are going away really slowly.

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  22. Personal opinion is always work better. Just Write what you have on your mind. As a simple example could we the process of writing a Narrative Essay. You need to prove yourself, to explain your position in your essay. And only after that you will have a success.

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