More personal development

Since my last update, I have found a new hobby that took up vast majority of my free time.

This new hobby came about by accident when I started working on an IoT pet project using Lego. I wrote an article that documented what I have done.

From there, I expanded out to build another IoT system, which is a Smart Gardening system to water my plants. The Smart Gardening system turned out to be the largest pet project that I have ever endeavoured. I had to break the project into multiple phases and parts, which allow me to write a series of article documenting everything. They can be found here:

  1. Phase 1 (Start of the project)
  2. Phase 2 Part 1 (WiFi Exploration)
  3. Phase 3 Part 1 (Water Pump Control Exploration)
  4. Phase 3 Part 2 (Water Pump Control Implementation)

And the best part about the Smart Gardening system is that I’m not done with it yet.

Now, this is not without any underlying reason. I saw that there is a gap in terms of IoT skills and I wanted to fill that gap to make my contribution for my current employer. At the same time, I also wanted to demonstrate and prove to myself that my creativity is beyond just writing.

It also got me down another path of exploring building my own electronic circuit. It became a project on its own that I document it here. The end goal that I want out of the project was to expand on the Smart Gardening project.

The good thing that came out of all this is that I have a better understanding of IoT and electronics in general. Combine that with my writing and software engineering skills, I think I can contribute in many ways to make people’s life easier and better than before.

With that, I’m signing off here.

I’ve been busy

Several months has since passed since my last update. The pandemic has pretty much upended most of the things we know but life has to go on. Many of us are doing the best we can.

As for me, I’ve spent most of my time working away and I am happy most of the time.

And if you are wondering whether I still write… well… wonder no more. Lately, I’ve been more focus on writing technical stuff and I have just put up a new article describing an IoT project that I’ve been working on for the past month or so. You can read that here.

I have also gone deeper into playing with LEGO. I just got myself a Mindstorms Robot Inventor set recently for SG$500 and I would love to get started building my own robots or machines to make my life simpler.

No…I’m not dead yet

You may be wondering where did I go as this blog hasn’t seen any major update for months.

Well, as the title stated, I’m not dead yet. For the past few months, I’ve been busy with my day job as a software engineer. Whatever free time that I managed to get have been spent on watching YouTube, reading books and Netflix. And I have recently added Prime Video.

What about my writing?

I’m still doing it but not with the same intensity or enjoyment as before. And instead of original contents, I have been doing curations in the form rewriting news that I’m interested in for my other blogs.

Now I wonder… is rewriting news even considered as writing?

It is time for a reboot

I have not been actively writing content for this particular blog.

Over the past few days, I came to the realisation that my perspective related to writing and approach to my personal brand in general have changed. Now, I believe I should probably have multiple specialised blogs instead of having one blog for everything.

Yes, it will take more effort for me to maintain and write content for multiple blogs. But, the advantage is that I can focus better on crafting contents that are more suitable for a particular blog and better serve the needs of my readers.

Therefore, I shall spend the next few days cleaning up this blog. My intention for this blog going forward is that it shall contain only contents related to writing, fiction and poems. Mental health related stories will go to their respective blog, one that I will launch soon. The same thing happened to articles related to environment and technology. I have created blogs for those topics.

Year 2020: New Beginnings

The time is 2357hrs on Jan 1, 2020 when I started writing this entry and by the time I post it, it will be the 2nd day of the new year.

I don’t have any new year resolution, nor will I define one for the rest of the year.

But there will be a few things that I want to focus on.

I will be a better writer than I was in 2019.

I will be a better software developer than I was in 2019

I will work on my confidence and self-esteem issues and be a better version of me in 2020.

And I have no doubt there will be a ton of setbacks and growing pains.

But I will keep fighting on, to live a life that I want and be able to tell my 80 year old self I have no regrets.