One of the great benefits of keeping a daily blog – where besides posting things I’m learning, I also post stuff I’m working on – is that it’s one way to get help.

After writing about my difficulties with database design, a friend who read my post reached out and asked why I hadn’t asked for help.

Help wasn’t even something I’d attempted to seek out because in my mind, this was just a personal database. For my own use only, as a way to keep everything organised.

“You can still ask for help,” he said. So I sent over the database structure I had in mind – already overly complicated but to me, not comprehensive enough.

After asking me a few questions, he suggested that I structure everything in a way that was much, much simpler but still allowed me to achieve the same result.

And then said, “Add me to your repo when you’ve set it up.”

When I started writing this blog, my main goals were to practice getting my thoughts out in writing, documenting my learnings and experimenting with different writing styles. I didn’t even expect to have readers. (I don’t follow best practices and don’t even have analytics set up.)

But resolving to keep writing this has been one of my best decisions this year. I’m thankful for each and every one of my readers.

I’m especially thankful for those who reach out and start conversations, you know who you are.

In the spirit of paying it forward, if you’re reading and would like to start your own blog, feel free to contact me to get tips or info on how to set it up and keep it going.

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