On week notes
Lately, my week notes have been brought up in conversation a increasing number of times. I felt it was about time I wrote a bit about them.
I started writing week notes back in January. I started for a few reasons. For one, I wanted to motivate myself a bit more and keep a closer eye on the things I was doing and blogging felt a good medium to express that. I missed the team week notes we used to write on the govuk-dev blog, which became less and less frequent as we grew in size and diverged into multiple teams. I also admired some other folk who took time to regularly write week notes: Matt Sheret and Go Free Range are doing this really well.
At first, I wasn’t sure whether I’d have the self-discipline to keep posting regularly. Indeed, there have been times when it’s slipped a little and I’ve frantically thrown some words together the following Monday morning. However on the whole, it’s been easier to maintain than I thought. In fact, I haven’t yet missed a week (holidays not included). Whilst I never expected my week notes to have much of an audience, it turns out people I never would have expected read them on a regular basis.
As the year has progressed, I’ve noticed a slight shift in my week notes. Compared to the start of the year, I rarely write code for things outside of work anymore. I no longer read as much as I used to do either. Perhaps this will pick up again towards the winter.