Raoul Diffouo

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For the past year now I've had it on my list to rebuild my  personal website and start blogging. But nope I keep making excuses, I procrastinate around the idea of actually making it happen.

What technology stack should I use for this? middleman? Hugo? Gatsby? 🤔

Gatsby looks cool, I’ve built a number of sites with middleman before  and also I kinda want to learn React... I mean all the cool kids are  using it, why not 🤷🏾‍♂️

I install the necessary tools,  scaffold new project, go through the  project structure... already thinking about what headless CMS I want to  use, don’t know why I think I need one, yet I’m looking them up and  comparing. I end up burning a good chunk of my time doing that until I  eventually give up for the day.

A few months later, I’m back at it. This time around the major  question is around the design... What will it look like? How many pages  should I have?

Draw a couple of wireframes... Learn how to use sketchapp, because  why not, I also want to learn how to design cool stuff. I eventually get  lost in all this learning and build nothing.

And this has been going on, and on, and on for over a year now.

That ends today though... I’ve decided to take an incremental  approach to get this done. Being a software engineer, practicing agile  at work, you’d think I would be able to apply all of that knowledge to  other areas 🤨

At this point, I don’t care how many pages the site will initially  ship with... Don’t care how ugly it looks like. I’m gonna ship it as is,  then every time I make a change, I’ll blog about it (Yay me, another  thing I’ve been meaning to do for a while now... but you know, there’s  always an excuse) - This post might even be the only thing to go live  for now, but that’s okay 🙂

Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”

— Napoleon Hill

The time will indeed never be right, we fail to achieve a number of  things in life because we’re always waiting/looking for that perfect  moment. Stop waiting, and start something, start somewhere, doesn’t  matter how small it is, #justStart.

Till next time 👋🏾