Look back and cringe

For a very long time I've neglected this blog. I'm not sure why but lately I've felt like writing again. Out of no where my drafts folder filled up with 15+ new post ideas. I guess when I haven't said much for many years I have a lot to get off my chest.

There's this thing that software developers do when looking at our older code. We cringe. Reading any code of mine that's 6 months old or more, I'll cringe and think "What was I thinking?"

Part of me bringing this site back to life involves me cleaning up older posts. Well reading some of these older posts is producing quite a few cringes.

It's not so much that I'm embarrassed at the writing because I just try to write how I speak. So I'm not really going for anything other than getting something off my mind.

No it's the choice of content that has me cringing. Just like code, you question your choices and why you went that way. So much like software when something is no longer serving a purpose, you delete it. And that's what I've been doing. I've cleared out about 30 posts so far and I'm still going.

Some stuff I'm still on the fence about. Especially the marketing stuff. I'm not ashamed of it but the style definitely has a "but wait, there's more" feel.

On the other hand, my info products sold well and led me to create CartFreak, which was a SaaS that we were able to sell for years to some of the biggest internet marketers in the game.

So while I continue to clean up the cruft I may just keep some of the fluff. Maybe just to remind myself how far I've come or for when I'm cringing at something I wrote I can always go a little further back and realize the latest cringe could always be worse.