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Last weekend before the end of the internship has just gone and my main thought is "but... I've got a bunch of things to do still!".

That's not necessarily a bad thing in the sense that I somehow expected it to happen: one of my goals in going through this internship was to learn how to be an active contributor, but also to remain one after it finalizes.  So, yeah, I'm dedicating this last days to completing as many pending tasks as I can, but I also know that some of them will be part of upcoming ideas/projects I want to carry out after next Tuesday. 

For example, one of the things I worked on was trying to improve the navigation of the OpenStack API reference page by creating linkable anchors or permalinks to each API listed there.  The task looked simple and necessary, but I clearly underestimated the evil power or Maven, one of the main tools we use to build docs, and spent a lot of time testing builds, tags, attributes and black magic to no avail yet.  The good thing is I learned a ton, the not so good one is I'm gonna have to write some Maven code to allow this feature and this will possibly take some extra days to be added to the page.

Talking about Maven, I'm yet to post the second part of Doc for code and Doc as code - Part I, where I'd like to delve a little bit more on OpenStack docs and tools.  It's still a draft and I haven't had the time to finish some details.

One thing I will not miss at all is this. Blogging.  Don't get me wrong: I do think is a wonderful idea that interns post about their experience.  I absolutely enjoyed reading all my fellow interns blogs, but this is just not for me.
I never really had or maintained a blog simply 'cause... I didn't have to.  I never thought that I had anything to say publicly that somebody else could find interesting.   I know those are not the only reasons to write a blog, but then, I had none.
When blogging became part of the internship's work, I thought it was the best reason I could ever find.

My number one error was to have chosen Dreamwidth as my journal service. I totally support the concept, ideas and spirit behind it, but posting has been just painful. 
Mine is a free account, so I shouldn't complain about some features that are offered only to paid or premium ones (such as using Google Analytics), but the fact of not being able to upload small pictures, the outdated look (is it just me?) despite futile customization and, worst of all, that terrible HTML editor made it all less appealing. 
I will not close it for now, but will probably migrate it to a self-hosted platform in the future.  I'd still love to spread the word about FOSS communities and technologies.

Anyway, I can't completely blame DW for my own incapacity to get ideas and thoughts out of my head, it's just I don't think they'll survive the harsh reality.
Some weeks ago, while going to the movies with my mom, she mentioned that I used to fall asleep while watching any of the Star Wars movies on the TV (the first two were released before I was born), and to be fair, I can't remember having watched them in full, at least during recent years, so that made me think that, maybe... I wasn't a complete geek after all, Your Honor!
Then I recalled we were going to see The Hobbit, so... I guess I'm appealing the veredict?  Hey, don't judge, I'm sleepy.

Regret, hope, & thanks

Date: 2013-04-01 12:32 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] brainwane
I am the main person who recommended Dreamwidth to the OPW interns -- I'm sorry that it hasn't worked out well for you! I like it fine but it sounds like you haven't liked it as much. By the way, did you already try the beta of the WYSIWYG editor? It might help. But of course self-hosting is fine too. I self-host my main blog.

I have been blogging for about ten years, and probably the vast majority of those posts are not particularly edifying, or well-written, or entertaining, or thought-provoking. But it's still been good practice for me to emit them, and it's been unexpectedly nice to be able to read my own archives and see the fossils of my thought. I am curious about your self-criticism. When you say you think your thoughts and ideas won't survive the harsh reality, what reality is that? Are you perceiving a standard or crucible or litmus test in the web as a whole, or in your readers' minds?

Last weekend before the end of the internship has just gone and my main thought is "but... I've got a bunch of things to do still!".

There are so many opportunities for useful things to do that I sometimes get overwhelmed.

My thanks to you for the improvements you've made in OpenStack documentation and for being in my open source community.

April 2013


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