procrastination costs

Recently, I have been quiet on the blogging front. As with any blog, my plan was to start with nothing, post regularly and try and obtain a small readership and go from there, but that soon became unachievable.

This was primarily down to the way I was blogging - I couldn't get live writer to work with my blog and because I really liked the tool I would write posts in writer than at some point manually copy them into my blogger post editor in the browser.

Then came the laborious task of formatting the C# code in my posts. I use the CSharpFormat code by Jean-Claude Manoli and find it great for formatting. But I had to run a web browser, copy the code into a textbox, press the format button then paste the formatted result back into the blogger editor. Laborious.

So I decided to do something about it and it took half a day to get live writer up and running with my blog. One sorted.

Then I decided to look into writing a live writer plugin that would allow me to format code using the CSharpFormat code I'm used to. That was far, far easier than I thought and I aim to illustrate just how simple it was.

In summary, procrastination clearly costs - if only I had spent that one day sorting my pain points out earlier I'd have been a less stressful author. I'm sure there's a lesson there.

Agile is supposed to discourage decision deferral, debt of all kinds and the broken windows syndrome. I need to do some more work on that.



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