How I Work, Part 1: Ruby
Since the first of the year I've been trying to write one of that sort of post where the blogger describes the tools they use. Obviously, I haven't succeeded yet. And what's more, it's taken me until now to precisely identify why it's been so hard.
It's not that I find these "setup" posts to be a form of pornography. They are, and I do, but in this scenario I would be the porn star, not the lonely guy who looks for tips on productivity blogs in lieu of an actual life. And it's not that my setup isn't interesting. It's not that mind-blowing or innovative, honestly, but over the years I've learned a lot about what I need to do my job and that knowledge feels worth sharing.
What I've concluded, rather, is that in trying to talk about my tools in a single post, I was going about it totally the wrong way. Tools and best practices are things I care deeply about, and trying to cram everything into a single, 5,000-word monster post would be exhausting for me to write, at least as tir