I find that I am always thinking of new projects to start. I am currently working on an app, writing for this blog and have a podcast. I also have an idea for a science fiction novel that I would like to write one day. My friend, Nathan, and I have being doing a podcast, The Know Nothings, that we started in June of 2017. We have been on a slight hiatus due to, well, life. And we have recently been talking about starting it up again.
When I think about all of these projects that I am thinking of starting or am currently pursuing, I always comes back to the tools I plan on using. The projects themselves I know are and can be rewarding but I’m am starting to be more obsessed with the technology to do them with. How can I use my iPad to do this? Or where in all of these projects can I use this new software that I just discovered? I think this line of thinking takes away from the actual projects themselves. A lot of YouTube videos I watch or technology podcasts I listen to talk about the tools they are using on a daily basis. They talk about how Ulysses has changed how they write blog posts, how all the features on Ferrite can make it that much easier to edit podcasts on an iPad, or how this new keyboard changes everything about multitasking on iOS.
When I created Techuisite I wrote my first couple of blog posts on a Mac mini using the WordPress website’s interface. When I first started the podcast I would record and edit the whole thing within GarageBand. Now I use Ulysses mostly on my iPad to write my blog posts, edit them on the iPad with the Apple Pencil and submit the post directly to WordPress from the app. For the podcast I still do record the audio in GarageBand but I also record two separate audio files within QuickTime and upload those to Ferrite on my iPad to edit then upload the episode to our SquareSpace site that hosts the podcasts.
I have evolved my use of technology overtime to make my projects more manageable and more fun to do. I did not start out thinking about the technology I was going to use to make it happen, I just knew I wanted to make it happen.
Currently I have been thinking a lot about a new app I want to create, I may share more about that at a later time, and I keep wondering if I have the technology to do it. If my 12” MacBook can handle the development work, if I need a second monitor to give me more space, or maybe I need a few new apps that will help with the graphics and other code related tasks I am sure I will encounter. Yet, I am in the very early stages of learning Swift and am no where close in pushing my MacBooks power limits. Instead I need to focus on how I want the app to function and actually learn the development language I plan to build it in.
As I get more and more familiar with new workflows and tools that I can use to create things or start new projects. I need to remember that the projects themselves will push me in the direction of what tools I may need. But the actual projects need to come from pure inspiration or the technology I buy to start them will just be in that box I talked about in my last post, awaiting it’s trip to GoodWill.