Blogging: When You Help Others You Help Yourself.

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47th day of the epic 100 posts in 100 days challenge

A web designer in Leeds, my musings

Writing a blog gives you the opportunity to help other people, and if you are helping other people a consequence is you help yourself.

For example, when you are writing a blog it helps if you have clear explanations.

In one post I talk about useful Linux commands for finding the speed of website pages.

ab -S -n 1 -c 1 <a href = "">http://</a>
curl -s -o /dev/null -w "%{time_starttransfer}\n" <a href = ""> http://</a>

They are quite abstract and not very memorable so I wanted to jot them down so I wouldn't forget them and could use them again without too much hassle. Normally I would have written them on a piece of paper and put them in a file somewhere. But I though it's useful to me so it might be useful to other people so I can put it in a blog post.

So I thought I'd write a couple of sentences about what each command did and how it worked. And that is all that it was. But to write those sentences I had to revisit the commands and re understand them properly, so that the explanation was clear.

And that's the point, because I feel like there may be an audience, I feel a little bit of extra pressure to to explain the concepts properly, so I have to understand the concepts properly.

But in that process I am doubly helping myself because I am revising what I used and getting it absolutely clear in my head and I am not only providing a resource for others, but I am providing a resource for myself.

I know if I had used my usual method I would have taken a quick, less detailed note (if at all), and filed it away. I would then have come back to it later and probably not understood it as well.

What has this web developer coded today?

Hardly anything:

30 minutes This website: the ever present blogging challenge

Total: 30 minutes

The weather forecast looked quite good for cycling so I headed off into the Dales, details in a later post...

Exercise: 32 mile bike ride 800m of height gained, exploring the Tour De France opening stage route from Hawes to Reeth and back.

Tomorrow: Back to work.

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Mike Nuttall

Author: Mike Nuttall

Mike has been web designing, programming and building web applications in Leeds for many years. He founded Onsitenow in 2009 and has been helping clients turn business ideas into on-line reality ever since. Mike can be followed on Twitter and has a profile on Google+.