From Programmer To Writer

On January 21, 2015

I started this blog three years ago, and a lot has changed since I wrote my first post.

When I started blogging, I was more interested in sharing what I learned as an indie developer. The word "indie" sounded cool back then and I prided myself in calling one.

But as times change, my opinion about work and what I want to do with my life has also changed. This year, I have decided to focus all my energies on one and only one thing, and that one thing is Writing.

When I started blogging, I had no idea that one day I will call myself a Writer. I always thought of myself as a Programmer who can write, but never only a Writer.

But all that changes this year. Now, I call myself a writer and I am ready to dedicate all my time to get better at it, and create value with my work.

As I open this new chapter in my life, I'd like to start by being honest with you.

It's difficult for me to make this decision as I always felt proud to call myself a Programmer.

I once enjoyed programming, but that isn't true anymore. Now, I rarely open my editor to code, and I haven't coded anything worth mentioning in the past 12-18 months. That's not because I was sitting idly or wasting away my time, but because I was busy meditating on deeper problems in my life and figuring out solutions for the same.

While I once spent my time in reading about coding, design, and making apps, now I spend most of my time meditating upon bigger problems related to life, and the work I'm supposed to do while I'm here.

Besides that, I no longer get excited by latest technology trends and new gadgets. All those are a thing of the past.

I don't own a smartphone. I have an iPod which I bought for developing apps, but I rarely use it now. I'm no longer interested in new apps, new games, or what's new in the tech world.

I believe there is more to life than all these technology distractions, and when we aren't careful with using technology, we actually lower the quality of our life, and lose track of our real purpose in life.

If you are a developer, and I know some of you are, I don't want to discourage you, but this is to only tell you my own interests, and why I no longer want to be a developer. I have great respect for Programmers, as their hard work helps everyone live a simpler and better life. It's just that, instead of programming, now I aim to improve people's lives with my writing.

For any person to call himself a Programmer, he should write code every day and continue to learn the best coding practices. As I was no longer doing these two things, it's time I stop calling myself a Programmer.

Now I spend most of my time reading, meditating, and writing. These three things form the core of what I do every day in my life. And if I can make a living from doing these three things, there is nothing more I'd want.

There is one more thing that's important to me - I don't want to be simply a Writer. I want to be a Writer who does something useful, who creates value with his work; whose words help someone improve their life, become more creative, and find their purpose in life.

I already write a blog on meditation and mindfulness as I deeply believe in them. With this blog, I'd like to share with you articles related to personal growth, creativity, writing, and entrepreneurship. I already wrote articles on these topics before, but now I want them to be the main focus of this site instead of programming and design.

Your support has always helped me to try new things and share with you what I learn on my journey.

This year I intend to write more and share more with you, and I hope you'll like the new things that I write here.

You probably read blogs written by people who are immensely successful at what they do. I am not one of them. But I am ready to do what it takes to be successful, and I will share with you everything I learn on my way up from here.

I have failed at various things in my life, but I know one thing for sure - as long as I am honest with myself in what I do, and as long as I keep creating useful work, I will be fine.

I hope you already know what you want to become in life, and you are working every day on it. If you aren't, then there is still time. I am starting my new journey now. You, too, can start yours.

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