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Writing is useful even if nobody reads it. Writing clarifies and sharpens my thinking. I have ideas I wouldn't otherwise have.

I wrote for the void for a long time. At the time, some folks on my immediate team found it useful. Now, a few years later, I'm still referencing those posts.

The important hard work was actually writing and polishing the idea until it was good enough to publish.

Agreed. I currently publish a bit of writing about my software engineering opinions to a website that only a couple of my non-software engineer friends know about. It doesn't make much sense to them, but their playful criticisms help me hone my ideas and hopefully simplify my writing (something I have a big problem with).

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