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Muscle Memory

January 06, 2022

Today I don’t have anything interesting to say…but I’m publishing a blog anyway!

The reason I’m forcing myself to just ship something is to keep up the muscle memory.

My current process for adding a new blog post looks something like this:

  • Open iTerm
  • Delete whatever branch I was using yesterday
  • Switch to main
  • Create a new branch
  • Use code . to open my blog in VSCode
  • Create a new folder under content/blog
  • Add a new file named index.md within that folder
  • Copy over all the frontmatter
  • Write, write, write
  • Save it
  • Run gatsby develop
  • Make sure it all looks gravy
  • git add .
  • git commit with a fun message
  • git push

I don’t even know if these are the “right” steps or in the “right” order.

I’m so out of practice with coding and using a Git-based workflow, I often forget basic things like the fact that you can key up in the terminal to see your previous commands.

And, because I’m so new and clumsy at this, that’s exactly why I’m forcing myself to do it every day—as long as I can keep the streak going!

Before I can layer on new skills and learn to solve harder problems, I need to build up the muscle memory of using my project.