I began my career as a software engineer and then drifted into adjacent territories. I’ve always used my coding skills, but my formal languages were C and C++. I do okay with JavaScript, but modern languages and programming techniques aren’t in my knowledge set.

I am a huge Apple fan and a nerdy user of iOS. I love Workflow. I always wanted to know how to do iOS development, but I never invested the time. I never dug in when I got confused. I always treated it as a weekend, once a month kind of project. Well, I finally want to get better.

I think what has changed this time is as I have used Workflow more, I realize I want apps that don’t exist. Even if I never have succcess apps for sale, I have some apps I want to create just because I want to use them! For instance, I send a link roundup email newsletter to family and friends. I have a workflow hacked together, but I would really like to have a custom app. There are custom apps, but they don’t work the way I want. And I think that’s part of the drive of a developer. You want it because you do and you know you can build it.

So, I’m going to make a real effort this year, and I’m going to try documenting it in public, here. I hate doing things in public. But I’m willing to try something I haven’t done before because I really want to be successful.

As a side note, I’m very interested to see how this works with micro.blog. I like the idea of having a linked-list, Twitter-like blog mixed in with longer posts like these. Feels very Daring Fireball to me.