Continuing in the interests vein… Something that I have hated for much of my life, and that I had little success with early on, was writing. I almost failed high school English on several occasions, and throughout high school and university, I had a passionate dislike for essays and other formal documents. I have always been a grammar/spelling nerd, but my ability to form a coherent sentence/paragraph/essay has been lacking. It is somewhat ironic, then, that I now enjoy the odd bit of informal writing. Case in point, this blog (the place where the majority of this writing now ends up).
Much of my writing is technical, be it discussing or ranting on some technique or technology. Additionally though, I think that as my understanding of the language has increased, so has my interest in being able to express my thoughts to others in a comprehensible and succinct manner. They say that practice makes perfect, and so I find myself using my writing as a test bench for exploring expression of thoughts and feelings just as much as a means of communicating technical information.
Along the same lines, I have found that writing can often help me break down a situation and make sense of my emotions. Occasionally something will happen in my life that turns me into a giant ball of untamed and incomprehensible emotion. By attempting to put my feelings into words in a way that is understandable, I can come to terms with said emotions, and work out their root cause. In this way, writing has become quite an important tool that I can put to use on a personal level.
My writing is still very much a work in progress, and hopefully through this blog and other outlets, it’s something that I will continue to work on and improve throughout my lifetime.