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An update on writing more

It’s been a long time since I last posted anything on this blog. It’s been a hectic few months, what with the pandemic and the so-called “new normal” way of life. I have had so many blog post ideas, but they are all stuck on iPad. I wanted to share a quick update on this blog outlining some of the things I’ve got planned for this blog and others.

Perhaps they’d be of no interest to you, but perhaps, they will. I wanted to let you know that I still love writing, and I’m not abandoning this blog.

In his famous Stanford University commencement speech, Steve Jobs said he used to look in the mirror every morning and ask himself, “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?”

In the context of this pandemic, those words sound even more meaningful now than ever. If I were to die today, my greatest regret would be not writing all the things I have planned to write.

Of course, with the pain in my hands for the better part of last year, I couldn’t do as much writing as I would have wanted to, but thankfully, my wrists are now in a lot better shape (albeit not healed completely), and I really have no excuse for not writing more.

So, let me take this opportunity to share what I’ve been planning to write and what I will focus on writing in the next few months.

A new Apple-focused blog

There’s an infamous saying among writers, what could I write that hasn’t already been written? The answer to that usually goes something like this: No one has said it like you would.

I’ve been a fan of Apple products ever since I managed to get myself into its ecosystem. I’ve written several in-depth reviews on this blog, but I wanted to write more. Despite the questionable quality in both software stability and the lack of hardware craftsmanship over the last few years (Butterflies come to mind), I’ve always loved something about Apple and the experience I get from its whole suite of products. With the transition to Apple’s own chipset and generally better hardware all around, I’m more excited than ever about being an Apple user. And my way of sharing that excitement is, you guessed it, to write.

I could write all those Apple posts on this blog, but I really didn’t want to turn my blog into an Apple magazine. So, I’m working on a new blog where I will be writing about Apple stuff.

Sure, it might turn out to be a failure, and it’s sure as heck not going to replace any of the Apple blogs you might already be following. But I hope to share some of my enthusiasm about all things Apple on that blog. I’m not ready yet to announce the name, but if you’re curious, leave a comment or tweet @aisajib, and I’ll personally follow-up with you when I’m ready to announce. 🙂

Short reviews of products and services I use

I’ve been meaning to write short reviews of all the noteworthy tech and gadgets that I’ve been using in my daily life. I have the list ready, but I haven’t been publishing anything because I don’t really want to spam anyone’s feed who might be following me.

However, I’ve decided to go ahead with this. I apologize in advance if you find those posts not as useful. I promise that I’ll take a break once my current setup is posted. Besides, not everything I use deserves to have a dedicated blog post. Some will just have a brief description on the new page I’m working on.

On this front, expect to see some rapid-fire posts over the next few weeks and months about the apps and gadgets that I use daily.

What hinders my progress?

Before finishing up, I wanted to write a little bit about my biggest obstacle in writing. No, it’s not just time and exhaustion after a full day of constant work-related writing; it’s my belief that people don’t read anymore.

Of course, some people read but seeing how most of the world has moved on to consuming video content almost always makes me think writing is no longer worth it. Then again, I fight with my inner-self because, after all, writing is my jam, and I’d probably write even if no one is reading, but I’ll be complaining the whole time. 😛

If you’ve been reading my blog for a few years, you may remember that I put it on my new year’s resolution a few times that I’d try making more videos. I almost always failed. I did try making videos, but I didn’t enjoy it.

I’m not too fond of recording audio, I don’t like my accent, and I don’t find the whole process enjoyable one bit, let alone remotely as much as I enjoy writing. Perhaps I’ll keep trying, but I realized I shouldn’t let that stop my writing.

Of course, a YouTube channel on Apple stuff would probably be more likely to succeed and, in time, become a source of revenue on its own. I’ve seen plenty of new YouTube channels grow during the pandemic. But I’m not ready to dive into that yet. For now, a blog will have to do. I’m not too confident, but I don’t want to regret not giving it my best shot.

So here I am, openly announcing that I’ll spend more time actually writing than just planning. Perhaps this time next year, I’ll look back on this post and think, “Wow, I nailed it!” or “I failed miserably.” Either way, I’ll know where I stand and what the results are for ramping up my writing.

If you have any advice, thoughts, or anything to share, please let me know in the comments or send me an email.

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