New paint job and other "minor fixes"

I've always found it interesting how the human brain worked. Recently, I've been playing with Tailwind CSS and reading the Refactoring UI book. One of my longer term projects has been working on BotQueue v2, with all of the fun issues and delays with that. At some point, I realized that I would have to make the site look semi-professional. So I decided to learn how to do some UI stuff which is where that UI book comes in. The same author is also behind Tailwind CSS which is a really nifty utility first CSS framework that I would recommend checking out.

What I didn't expect is how doing even a little effort in making the design look good would help my motivation to work on it. I've been focusing on removing blockers recently, and it's fascinating what I find is a blocker. I didn't really expect a little bit of "paint" to go a long way in me working on it. I no longer had the "it's functional, but it's going to suck to make it pretty later" mentality, but rather the "I can make it look all right now and and really make it look nice later" mentality.

I think that's why I just updated the look and feel of my blog. I've been wanting to blog more about my projects and experiences, but every time I opened the blog, I just felt like it was boring and I didn't want to write in it. Maybe this new look will make me blog more. Maybe I'll post again next year, astonished at how long I go between blog posts. Time will tell, but I have to remember not to hate myself regardless of what happens. If I don't post for a year, so be it.


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