It’s been awhile since I’ve done any serious side-project work. I’ve not had the energy or time to work on a personal project since I started working for my current employer almost three years ago, and, honestly, I haven’t felt much of a need.
When I joined my current employer three years ago, any side projects that I had in flight stopped dead in their tracks because – after years of consulting for the state – I was all of sudden working on interesting problems, being challenged daily, playing with cool new technologies, and building something new and innovative. The needs I had satisfied previously after hours working on side projects (i.e., the desires to create, innovate, and learn new things) were now being satisfied at work.
I’ve got a bit more free time these days, and while I’m still being challenged at work, I’ve been looking for a project that I can spend some free time on with a few goals in mind:
- Sharpen my skills on familiar (to me) tech
- Work on new problems
- Create something neat (and perhaps profitable)
- Learn some new (to me) tech when appropriate
I’ve got some ideas for my next project(s). I’m not ready to reveal what they are yet, but here’s a peek at just a few of the things I intend to use/work with in the coming months:
- Natural language processing
- Machine learning
- Azure Service Fabric
- ASP.Net Core
- Some sort of API management to support monetization
- Xamarin.Forms to target iOS/Android/Windows
So why am I sharing this publicly? A few reasons…
- I wish I would have kept a journal of projects that I’ve worked on in the past to serve as my own personal reference for problems I’ve encountered and lessons learned. This will be that journal.
- Communicating what I’m working on helps to sharpen my thoughts and aid in my understanding and retention.
- Sharing my progress will help to keep me accountable when my motivation wanes or my progress slows.
- It may be helpful to someone out there. I hope it is.
I will work on this as time and energy permits. I hope to post somewhat regularly and frequently, but I make no promises.
That said, thank you for joining me on this ride!