Very glad you finally got your blogging groove, and in a way that fit more with what you wanted to write and learn about!
Also if you still have that fantasy novel, LeanPub could be a good place to self-publish it if you ever get back to it. You've certainly gotten farther than me on that front - I've got one idea for a novel and fleshed out some details, but never really got the guts to start writing and self-publishing it.
Thank you, I am too. I find that Dev is different in that, it is not saturated with nonsense articles that have a title promising to reveal the secrets of life, a first paragraph that leads up to said secret, then a paywall you need pony up to in order to get the secret. Nor do they encourage similar behavior even from their bigger contributors (at least that I've seen).
I'm not sure if Dev has plans to partner with contributors for paid content someday and honestly, I don't know how this wonderful community could be maintained if they did, no matter how great the intentions. But for now, the people are here to learn and teach, not get paid. That makes a huge difference for sure!
As for my novel, I've written it fully about 10 times over the last 12 years and have the entire series mapped out. I've got the first 5 parts (of about 150) of book 1 up on Wattpad, but lost motivation with that as well. For me, that is just a labor of love as well. The world is based on a place I've played in with my imagination since I was 5 or 6 years old 😁😁
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