About three months ago I was looking to expand my current playlist of software development podcasts. A quick search came up with a few lists of top development podcasts. There was one that caught my eye, on the Simple Programmer website, that was put together better than the others. I tried a few different podcasts from that list but the one that stuck was from the Simple Programmer himself, John Sonmez. I’d heard John’s name come up on a few other podcasts and had been meaning to check out his YouTube channel and podcast for a while.
Figuring it out
I spent the next few months listening to John’s thoughts on development, soft skills, and even real estate investment. While I didn’t agree with everything he said, the vast majority of it rung true to me. A topic that came up on multiple occasions was John’s desire to give back to the developer community through the knowledge he’d acquired over the years. I’ve always shared this sentiment, and never quite knew where or how to get started. At that point, I began looking for ways that I could contribute to the development community. That’s when, by chance, I fell on the free blogging course that John has put together. I pressed the subscribe button and anxiously awaited the first lessons.
Having been through the entire course now, I can say that there is lot of knowledge to be extracted from the 3-week course. The core tenet throughout the course has to do with consistency. Consistency in writing, consistency in publishing, consistency in delivering value to your readers. If you take nothing else away from this course, you’ll already be on the right track to succeeding at anything you decide to accomplish.
There are many things to like about the course. For starters, it’s well structured, with concrete, actionable steps that you can use to make your blog a success. The homework that John provides in each email is clear and concise and guides you through the steps from choosing your blog’s theme to setting yourself up for long-term success. The motivational aspect of the course shouldn’t be ignored either, as John makes you feel like you can succeed at accomplishing your goals.
As you can see from the number of posts, I’m still early on in this blogging experiment. I never realized until this course how useful a blog can be to disseminate knowledge to your peers. I highly recommend the course to anyone who’s been interested in improving their writing skills and sharing their knowledge. As for myself, I hope to continue to be as consistent as John is with his own content. Thanks for motivating me, John!