More interested about the comment in the text about time boxing the effort to write this post.
How long do you give yourself to learn this stuff and write a post?
16 hours for any of the database or coding blogs. This one was completed in an evening as it’s directly related to the work I’ve been doing for a client for the past three months. The other members of my team have been working in GIS for decades and one has published an O’Reilly book so they’ve accelerated my learning process.
Sorry if this question is inappropriate (the Monaco thing is neat!) but you and I seem to have similar career paths and experience levels. 16 hours is considerable time to be spending on a blog post. How much does it help you expand your consulting work? I usually cringe when I see consultants with blogs as it feels like an excuse to promote the niche high priced product they’re consulting on, but your posts comes off as natural and actually interesting. At this point in my career I’m not chasing the high hourly rates as much as interesting work and this is a much harder trade off than you think!
Up until 8 years ago, I would post my CV to a jobs board in the UK and deal with headhunters. They had high margins and a lot of competing candidates for their roles. The day rates weren’t any better than what they were in the early 2000s as well.
Since I launched the blog, it has been my only method of advertising my skills and I’ve been able to cut out the headhunters completely as clients come and find me instead now.
I genuinely enjoy researching new tech so the roughly 16 hours per post flies by and I’d probably still be writing posts if I were retired.
Awesome to see a nice post at the intersection of several of my interests, thanks for this.
Now to find time to combine this with some Ergast API data to explore and tease out some interesting tidbits.